Casperson to host conference on Great Lakes National Forests

LANSING―State Sen. Tom Casperson today announced he will host a public hearing on July 19 in Quinnesec to discuss the impact of the lack of timber harvest in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and communities in northeast Wisconsin.

The event begins at 8 a.m. CDT and will run until 3:30 p.m. CDT. Sen. Casperson, R-Escanaba, and co-host, Wisconsin State Rep. Tom Tiffany, will be joined by special guests, Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek. The group will speak on the topic and hear public testimony.

Paul Van Deusen of the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement and John Piotrowski, environmental engineer at Packaging Corporation of America, will speak during the lunch portion.

The event is free and open to the public, however, an RSVP is requested to get an accurate count of how many will be attending and/or testifying. Please contact Casperson by phone at 517-373-7840 or via email at to RSVP.

Details of the conference is as follows:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CDT
Breitung Township Hall
3851 Menominee Street
Quinnesec, MI