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Michigan

August 27, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 08/27/2013

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“With a tray, students are more inclined to take more food than they might actually consume,” said Christine Siegel, associate director of University Housing. “What we hope to find is that students will be more thoughtful about their choices.”

Of eight operational dining halls, seven will be trayless. One is closed for renovations. The school also is considering upgrading a conveyor belt used in the Bursley Dining Hall on North Campus. With the existing equipment there, dishes could get stuck.

The University of Michigan predicts that the changes could lead to 5 percent cost savings due to less food consumption. The school earlier had a pilot project for trayless dining at two dining halls and decided to remove trays from all renovated dining halls.

Seedlings planted at site of U.P. fire

NEWBERRY — It’s been a year since an Upper Michigan fire burned more than 21,000 acres in the Duck Lake area and property owners are still rebuilding.

The Lansing State Journal reports that landowners like Bruce Marshall can replace the buildings. But it will take many years before they will have the kind of shade provided by trees destroyed in a path from north of Newberry to Lake Superior. The Marshalls lost several buildings. Their house was spared.

Meanwhile, Keith Magnusson of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says timber salvage is just about done on state land.

The DNR in spring planted about 1.2 million pine seedlings on 1,200 acres. The DNR will monitor unharmed trees that remain to ensure that their seeds help with reforestation.

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