Project Rustic hits the road to enhance rustic camping info

Paige posing with her dog with water in background, Project Rustic logo
Meet Paige, a Huron Pines AmeriCorps member serving with the DNR, who is embarking on a statewide tour of Michigan’s rustic state forest campgrounds. Paige came up with the Project Rustic concept during her first AmeriCorps service term. She suggested that the best way to interpret these rustic destinations for future travelers is to experience them firsthand. Throughout her five-month tour in a recreational vehicle provided by General RV, she will snap photos, gather site information and collect GPS and GIS data for improved mapping of the campgrounds and associated trails. Follow Paige on the Project Rustic page, where she will be sharing tips and tricks for traveling rustic and more. Hear more about the project on Michigan Runner Girl’s podcast: Michigan state forest campgrounds, 1 RV, 1 epic summer.

A century of natural resources: The DNR turns 100 years

Michigan Department of Natural Resources 100 year logo against a starry sky
The DNR has officially turned 100 years old! On March 30, 1921, the Michigan Department of Conservation, the precursor to the DNR was created.“This centennial marks a tremendous milestone for Michigan,” said DNR Director Dan Eichinger. “It’s a benchmark we can all be proud of, celebrating the work of countless men and women dedicated to ensuring our state’s spectacular natural resources and recreation opportunities are available today and tomorrow.” Throughout 2021, you’re invited to help celebrate and commemorate this milestone. Visit to check out the “100 Ways to Celebrate” list, an interactive timeline, centennial merchandise, and more.