LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Department of Natural Resources has started a program to help people resolve issues of encroachment on public land.
The DNR says its Encroachment Resolution Initiative is an effort to "work with property owners who are trespassing by having either a permanent structure or historical encroachment on public land."
The department says it's writing to property owners with known encroachments on public land, telling them they're eligible to resolve their cases without penalty through the initiative.
Applications will be accepted from Tuesday through Dec. 31.
If a property owner can show that an encroachment happened before March 1, 1973, the property will be transferred to the property owner. Later structural encroachments will be resolved through sales.