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Grand Traverse Band

Natural Resources Department

3505 Putnam Road Peshawbestown, MI 49682

Main Line: (231) 534-7500

Fax: (231) 534-7576

Email: NRD@gtb-nsn.gov

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.

2021 Natural Resources Department Presentation

GTB NRD Elk & Bear 2024 Applications

Application Period is Open: Now - June 3, 2024.

Apply Here

National Radon Action Month

GTB’s Natural Resources Department is handing out FREE in-home Radon test kits to GTB Members through the month of January. Limit 1 per household. Contact Courtney Hessell, Environmental Services Coordinator, at (231)-534-7379 if you have any questions.

National Radon Month

Michigan Supreme Court Denies Leave to Appeal FishPass Case

On August 22, 2023, the Michigan Supreme Court denied leave to appeal in the FishPass case, which confirms the Court of Appeals decision and allows the City of Traverse City to implement the project. Read more below.

Appeal FishPass Case pg1

Appeal FishPass Case pg2 

 Read More Here


Nmé (Lake Sturgeon) Permit Lottery

GTB-NRD will be issuing one permit for the harvest of a Lake Sturgeon in Black Lake (Cheboygan/Presque Isle counties) via a lottery to be held at the January NREC meeting. The permit will be valid through December 31st, 2024.

To enter your name for the lottery simply call, email, or stop by the Natural Resources Department before January 10th at 5PM. 

Phone: 231-534-7500 (Leave a message if no one answers)



2023 Sturgeon Lottery WINNERS

NREC announced the winners of the Sturgeon lotto today, below are the winners.
The season goes all year ending on December 31st, 2023


Alternate #1

Alternate #2

Alan Massey

Calvin Kiogima

George McClellan Jr.

2023 Elk Lottery WINNERS



Bull/Any Elk Ricarda Skeba
Bull/Any Elk Allen John Jr.
Cow/Antlerless Rachel Concannon
Cow/Antlerless Kaleb Berry
Cow/Antlerless Brian Wilson
Cow/Antlerless Stormy Newman



Renewal Stickers 2023-2024

All GTB Hunting, Fishing, Gathering & Trapping Licenses expire April 1st

Please call or email the Natural Resources Department for your 2023/2024 renewal sticker.

Make sure your information is up to date, so you don't miss out on any of your Treaty Rights information and opportunities.

Note: We do not have a shared database with Membership so information will need to be changed with us as well.


Immediate Ban on Deer Baiting, Feeding, and Attractants (Current for 2023)

Due to the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) into the 1836 treaty ceded territory, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Tribal Council, upon the recommendation of the Natural Resources and Environmental Committee and the Natural Resources Department, has issued an immediate ban on the use of baiting, feeding, or other chemical attractants for deer. Information on CWD can be found at www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases. Questions or concerns should be directed to the Natural Resources Department in person, or by telephone at 231-534-7500.




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 to view.

For Website go to- http://intotheoutdoors.org/topics/the-ottaway-a-river-reborn/

The Boardman Ottaway River Fish Passage Resolution

HHW collection 2024

GTB 6 County Service Area Household Hazardous Waste Collection 2024

Benzie County- All Household Hazardous Waste collection events take place Saturday from 9:00am -1:00pm. Please call (231) 882- 0554 or visit the Benzie County HHW website for more information.
June 8th - Frankfort High School
August 24th - Honor Road Commission

Charlevoix County- Registration Required. Call in advance as detailed instructions (including locations) will be sent out to pre-registered residents 2 weeks prior to collection day. To pre-register and get more information please call (231) 547-0080 or visit the Charlevoix County HHW website.
June 7-8th - Location TBD
Sept 6-7th - Location TBD

Grand Traverse County- Appointments are required. To Register or get more information please call (231) 941-5555 or visit the Grand Traverse County HHW website.
April 11th - Location TBD 1pm - 6pm
May 16th - Location TBD 1pm - 6pm
June 20th - Location TBD 12pm - 6pm
August 8th - Location TBD 12pm - 6pm
Sept 14th - Location TBD 9am - 2pm 

Leelanau County- Appointment needed in advance. To schedule an appointment or to see a list of accepted materials, please contact Leelanau County Planning and Community Development at (231) 256-9812 or visit the Leelanau County HHW website.
May 18th - Leelanau County Government Center
June 22nd - Glen Lake School
September 23rd - Peshawbestown, Parking lot across from Leelanau Sands Casino
October 12th - Elmwood Township Park

Manistee County- For more information please visit the Manistee County HHW website.
August 17th - Manistee County Road Commission

Acceptable collection items vary county to county. To ensure your HHW items are eligible please read the full list of accepted items on your county’s website or call for info.



Hunting/Fishing/Gathering/Trapping License Application

Water/Snowmobile/ORV Registration

Firewood Permit

GTB Marinas Use of Buildings Application

GTB Animal Repository Request Form


Inland Hunting/Trapping/Gathering Regulations

2022-2023 General Hunting Seasons and Bag Limits

1836 Treaty Ceded Territory Map

GTB Great Lakes Fishing Regulations

Inland Fishing Regulations

GTB Marina Buildings Use Regulations


Natural Resources Environmental Committee (NREC) Meetings