Fisheries of Leelanau and the Role of Cormorants

Heather Hettinger, Fisheries Management Biologist for Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources out of Traverse City, gave an informative and lively presentation to the Leelanau Clean Water organization on July 20, which was attended by some of our members.  You can access the presentation by clicking here.  Here is a little info on Heather:

I have worked for the Department of Natural Resources in various capacities since 2000. I spent four summers as a seasonal (Parks, Wildlife Division, and Fisheries’ Division) , and after I completed my bachelor’s degree in 2004 I was hired in as a Fisheries Assistant, or Creel Clerk in St. Joseph/ Benton Harbor. After one year there I was transferred to Frankfort/Onekama, where I stayed until I became the Traverse City Fisheries Biologist in 2009. I received my bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from Lake Superior State University in 2004, and a master’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Fisheries Management from the University of Nebraska Kearney in 2011. I live in Benzie County on the Platte River with my husband and two step kids, and on any given day I can be found chasing steelhead in the Betsie or the Platte or trolling out of Frankfort!

Heather Hettinger
Fisheries Management Biologist
Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
Traverse City Field Office
231.922.6056 (Please note that my phone number has changed)
hettingerh@michigan.gov

Thanks to Heather Hettinger for sharing this information and sharing her presentation with us.

Mark Smith

Grew up in Petoskey, so perhaps one of the few people in Leland who headed south to end up "Up North". Graduated from U of M. Taught in Scotland for 10 years, came back to Leland in 1989 and taught English for 25 years at Leland Public School. Still teach part time for NMC. My lovely wife is named Marjory - three grown kids (two living locally) and three grandkids. We live on N. Lake Leelanau with access to both lakes Michigan and Leelanau Life is good!