Natural Resources

Line 5 Questions to Michigan Attorney General


Tribal Comments on Dynamic Risk Draft Alternatives Analysis

Attachment A to Tribal Comments on Dynamic Risk Alternatives Analysis

Pipeline 5 101: 101 facts about the hazard lurking in the Straits of Mackinac.

The Ottaway - A River Reborn

The Ottaway - A River Reborn

A Documentary Film featuring the Boardman Restoration Project and members of the Grand Traverse Band.

Click the Image above or the link below and enter the provided password.



Grand Traverse Band
Natural Resources Department
3505 Putnam Road
Peshawbestown, MI 49682

Main Line: (231) 534-7500

Fax: (231) 534-7576




To protect and enhance the natural resources and environment entrusted to us by the Creator for managed and respected utilization by Anishinabek for past, present, and future generations.


Desmond L. Berry

Natural Resources Department Manager

Office:  (231) 534-7363

Cell:  (231) 866-1482


 Michigan House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee Testimony - D. Berry

Natural Resources Department Services



  • Soil Erosion Permits (On Tribal Land)
  • Surface Water Quality Analysis
  • Indoor Air Quality Inspection
  • Household Radon Test Kits
  • Glass, Plastic, Cardboard Recycling Bins located adjacent to Eagletown Market
  • Household Compost Bins
  • Phase I Contamination Surveys
  • Wetland Delineation


  • Produce, review, and implement policies and regulation booklets for Inland Hunting, Gathering, and Fishing Rights as recommended by the Natural Resources and Environment Committee
  • Issue Hunting, Fishing, Trapping, and Gathering Licenses and permits
  • Issue special use permits; disabled Tribal hunter permits, special needs subsistence/ceremonial permits, and road kill special use permits
  • Issue and manage the distribution of fish spearing and netting permits for specially regulated seasons/methods
  • Register inland boat/snowmobile/ORV
  • Issue Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore access passes
  • Issue Huron-Manistee National Forest access passes
  • Issue camping permits, firewood permits, among other permits authorizing Tribal Member resource use on USFS and State lands
  • Conduct annual License Holder Survey
  • Develop and foster working relationships with Federal and State agencies to improve management efficiency, develop resource use agreements, and improve productive communication with other resource management agencies
  • Conduct wildlife harvest monitoring; including deer check stations, furbearer registrations, and other special inspections of harvested fish and game
  • Conduct fisheries and wildlife habitat surveys, inventories, and assessments
  • Maintenance of the Tribal Repository/Exercise of American Indian Religious Freedom Act
  • GPS Mapping and Technical Assistance
  • Plant, Insect, and Fish Identification
  • Grant writing and administration for resource protection, restoration, and enhancement projects with particular emphasis on collaborative projects



  • Public Outreach and Education
  • Scuba Diving (Advanced Open Water)
  • Underwater search and recovery

The Natural Resource Department provides this list of services to citizens. If you have any questions, please stop in or call us at 231-534-7500.

Natural Resources & Environmental Committee (NREC) Meetings Notice

Hunting Regulations 2009 (Current)

Hunting/Fishing/Gathering/Trapping License Application

Memo Marina Garbage Lock Key

2013 Natural Resources Department Presentation

This page last updated on 10/12/2017.


The Grand Traverse Band of
Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

2605 N. West Bay Shore Dr.
Peshawbestown, MI 49682
Toll Free Exchange/Administration Desk:1-866-534-7750

Webmaster: (231) 534-7366 or (231)534-7008