Michigan DNR to auction more than 1,200 acres of public land

More than 1,200 acres of public land across 80 parcels in Michigan are up for auction starting next month, the Department of Natural Resources announced this week. 

The properties, from less than an acre to 146 acres, have been declared "surplus" and range from Iron County in the western part of the Upper Peninsula to Oakland County in southeast Michigan. 

"These lands are isolated from other DNR-managed public land, are difficult to manage and provide limited public outdoor recreation benefits. Several of the parcels are forested and have riverside or lake frontage and are better suited for private ownership," according to a DNR news release. 

The auction runs Dec.12-Jan. 10, and bids must be sent in by snail mail. More information can be found on the DNR website

The counties with land up for auction include Alpena, Arenac, Barry, Bay, Cheboygan, Dickinson, Gladwin, Iron, Kalkaska, Lake, Menominee, Midland, Montmorency, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oakland, Osceola, Oscoda and Roscommon. 

Michigan DNR spokesman Scott Goeman said auctions like this are held once or twice per year, and usually 60%-80% of the properties are sold, with the rest going onto the website's "buy now" listings. 

"The proceeds from the sale of these surplus public lands will help provide future outdoor recreation opportunities in keeping with the DNR’s mission," according to the news release. 

DNR manages about 4.6 million acres of public lands and owns mineral rights on about 6.5 million acres, Goeman said. 

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