July 29, 2014 at 1:00 am

State parks to celebrate endangered species act

The state Department of Natural Resources is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Michigan’s Endangered Species Act with a week of programs in several state parks.

Threatened and Endangered Species Week, running Aug. 4-10, features hikes, guided activities and more.

The festivities mark the Endangered Species Act, which Gov. William Milliken signed into law and which took effect Sept. 1, 1974.

The law has since helped the DNR and its conservation partners protect and manage rare species across the state.

The gray wolf, bald eagle, peregrine falcon and osprey are among the species that have been recovered and removed from the state’s threatened and endangered species list, DNR officials said.

For information on the programs offered at state parks and recreation areas around the state, go to www.michigan.gov/natureprograms.