July 11, 2014

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Partnerships Key to Success of Upper Black River

photo by Dave Kenyon - MDNR

Story by Bob Gwizdz and published courtesy of MDNR – The upper Black River, in the northeastern Lower Peninsula, has long been recognized as one of Michigan’s best brook trout streams. Earnest Hemingway, who fished there, wrote about it glowingly. “It’s renowned for its wild brook trout population,” said Tim Cwalinski, fisheries biologist who oversees […]

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June 29, 2014

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Thanks To All

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I suspect keeping up with a blog-site is not unlike the famous “owning a boat” analogy where the two happiest days of ownership are the first and last. As some may have noticed, in recent months the NMCN site has not been as active as it has in the past. This has been largely due […]

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May 19, 2014

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Article Updates – Straits of Mackinac Pipeline & Isle Royal Wolves

Photo courtesy of Minnesota Public Radio

Enbridge Pipeline Update In February of this year, we wrote about the growing concerns associated with the two, 61 year -old pipelines which lie at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac. It has now been made public that a meeting was held in April between State of Michigan officials and representatives of Canada’s Enbridge […]

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April 29, 2014

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Mysteries of Lake Huron’s Ancient Hunters Revealed

Univ. of Michigan photo

When John M. O’Shea, the Emerson F. Greenman Professor of Anthropological Archaeology at the University of Michigan, and associates from the University of Michigan’s Museum of Anthropological Archaeology first began to suspect that the unnatural rock formations lying beneath Lake Huron were those of an earlier hunting culture, they stated that they were reserving celebration […]

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April 27, 2014

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Hibernating Bats in Peril

USGS Photo

by Elaine Carlson – This could be a sci-fi thriller. A deceptively harmless white fuzz appears and begins to grow on the unsuspecting and sleeping victims. In short order, the fuzz disturbs its hosts, causing abnormal and erratic behavior which leads to exposure, starvation, and death. The devastation to the defenseless creatures is nearly complete […]

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April 22, 2014

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Opening Day and Josh Greenberg’s Rivers…

Rivers of Sand

by David Smethurst – The last Saturday in April is always a special day to trout fisherman. It’s the Trout Opener. Even though today it is more of a tradition that an event, with so many streams open, some under special regulations, I think you can fish for trout somewhere every day of the year. […]

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April 20, 2014

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Please – No Jelly for Orioles

Photo by  Jim Stevenson

by Kay Charter – As you read this, Neotropical songbirds are in the midst of migrating back their to breeding grounds in North America. Among those species on the move is the brilliant and beautiful Baltimore Oriole. This bright orange and black bird nests across the northeastern U. S. and south central Canada. Orioles may […]

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April 17, 2014

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Things Are Getting “Real” for Encana and Chesapeake

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Following up on a column we posted in June, 2012 (To all of our “Contributors” to the MNRTF… “Say it ain’t so”), it now appears that it may have been “so.” In early March of this year, criminal indictments were announced by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette against Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Encana Corp. for […]

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April 3, 2014

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New Bill Could Undo Protections From Exotic Swine

Photo courtesy of www.mlive.com  A 350-pound wild boar shot in Mecosta County.

Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) provides this update on the “Feral Swine” saga here in Michigan. This, after the March 2014 ruling by the Marquette Circuit Court which overturned the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Invasive Species Order (ISO) which declared wild hogs to be an invasive species. Who knew? Who knew that a face […]

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March 30, 2014

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March Madness or April Fool – The Latest Trust Fund Raid Proposed

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We’re hoping that it is the time of year and the combination of March Madness and April Fool season that was just too much for some to resist. Although the idea of a legislative raid of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) is not a new one, the recently introduced House Joint Resolution EE goes […]

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