2 dams in north-central Michigan game area set for upgrades

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BACKUS TOWNSHIP, MI (AP) -- A north-central Michigan game area is getting ready for upgrades aimed at improving wetland management.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says preparation work starts this summer for fall construction in Roscommon County's Backus Creek State Game Area .

Officials say one dam will get a larger water control structure and anther will undergo structural improvements.

Wildlife biologist Keith Fisher says the upgrades should boost the ability to control water levels in areas that provide wetland wildlife habitat. The efforts also support recreational opportunities, such as hunting and canoeing.

The game area will stay open during construction, but visitors should expect lower water levels and reduced access in certain areas.

The construction is expected to be done by spring, though water levels will remain lower until fall 2020.

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