MARQUETTE — Brad Garmon, director of the state’s first-ever Michigan Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry, believes the industry can be beneficial in many ways.

Garmon visited the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Customer Service Center in Marquette on Friday to talk about the office, which was announced by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in May. Garmon was named director in September.

The Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry works with industry partners from many sectors to anticipate emerging trends, creating effective policy and elevate outdoor recreation opportunities and resources in the state.

That, of course, includes the Upper Peninsula.

“The new Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry was created to sort of grow and support outdoor recreation economy in Michigan,” Garmon said. “I think a lot of people expect

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