Woman to explore Michigan rustic campgrounds

TRAVERSE CITY, Me. (AP) – A young woman and her dog head out to learn about Michigan’s remote rustic campsites.

In five months, Paige Lackey plans to visit 77 of Michigan’s 145 state forest campsites in the northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula. The aim is to gather information for the Department of Natural Resources and for people who want to be off the beaten path.

Lackey will collect GPS data for mapping, update the DNR’s photo library, and evaluate characters, MLive.com reported.

She will share her experience on a blog for General RV, which provides a recreational vehicle. Her pal: Willow, an Australian cattle dog.

“This is not a marketing project. I’m not going around to put the spotlight on some of these really nice, more private places, ”said Lackey. “I really just collect the information and then put it online so that when you are planning a trip or looking for a campsite in a certain area, there is enough information and some updated photos and maps. ”

Lackey serves the DNR as a member of the Huron Pines AmeriCorps, which puts college graduates on a 10-month volunteer basis with conservation groups in Michigan.

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