Lansing, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A resolution by Senator Tom Casperson urging the U-S Forest Service to work with owners of privately held hunting camps on leased acreage within the Ottawa National Forest was adopted last week by the state Senate.
Casperson’s measure addresses about 100 property owners who could lose their camps to the federal government if special use is not granted.
Residents were offered a lease of the privately owned land from UPPCO in the 1950s to build hunting camps.
In 1991, the land was sold to the Forest Service and leaseholders were offered a 25-year, nonrenewable lease on the land.
The USFS says the leases will not be renewed after 2016 due to an agency policy to not lease national forest land to individuals.
Casperson’s resolution argues, however, that the Forest Service Recreation Residence Program provides a solution to the situation if the agency would just lift its moratorium on such arrangements.