Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill authored by State Senator Tom Casperson that could have restricted the Michigan DNR from effectively and sustainably managing forests.
In issuing the veto, Snyder said the measure potentially put Michigan’s natural resources at risk.
Casperson’s bill would have restricted the tools the DNR could use for managing forests for biodiversity.
Snyder said that while there are opportunities to look into forest management practices, reducing biodiversity authority will only cause confusion and hurt Michigan’s forests.
Snyder added that the bill also threatened forest certification, which is critical in maintaining forest products industries.