Unsafe camp shelters to be removed from Michigan forest

Associated Press

Vanderbilt — Officials say a pair of camping shelters will be removed this spring from Pigeon River Country State Forest in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula because they’ve become unsafe.

The Department of Natural Resources says the shelters are in the Green Timbers tract. The state acquired Green Timbers from McLouth Steel in 1982 and 19 cabins were removed from the site. The remaining two were converted into three-sided camping shelters.

Scott Whitcomb, a DNR unit manager, says weather, vandalism and unfunded maintenance needs have contributed to their deterioration.

Pigeon River Country is the largest contiguous block of public land in the Lower Peninsula. The Green Timbers tract offers more than 10 square miles for hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing. Camping still will be allowed at the locations of the shelters.