Archive | June, 2012

Conservation and the Farm Bill: Sportsmen Take Notice

June 28, 2012

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The Farm Bill was recently passed by the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives has begun work on its own version.  Although we as Americans fully recognize the budgetary situation in which our nation find itself, the conservation funding portion of the Farm Bill represents only a fraction of its total and this version […]

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Sharp-tailed Synchronicity

June 27, 2012

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Although I had been told over the weekend that I really needed to see a segment that had been included in last week’s Michigan Out-Of-Doors television show, it wasn’t until last night that I was able to see it.   It included some wonderful video of breeding sharp-tailed grouse on a lek near the Seney Wildlife […]

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To all of our “Contributors” to the MNRTF… “Say it ain’t so”

June 26, 2012

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A potentially huge story appears to be breaking out of Rueters News Service involving circumstances associated oil and gas lease bidding after the May 2010 lease offering which resulted in the record $178 million “windfall” to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF). Since this story involves many of our northern Michigan counties and potentially […]

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Governor Snyder Appoints New MDNR Director

June 25, 2012

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Wow, that didn’t take long. We no sooner digested the content of a Michigan Department of Natural Resources email on Friday afternoon announcing a new position for Director Stokes elsewhere within the Snyder Administration, then it was followed Monday by the announcement that Keith Creagh has been appointed as its new Director. Before we begin […]

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Last Chance to Stop Michigan’s Public Land Cap

June 24, 2012

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As many of you know, we have been working for several months to reform or stop Michigan Senate Bill 248, also known as the Land Cap Bill. The version which now sits on the desk of the Governor’s office runs the risk of permanently placing a limit on the amount of State-owned public land in […]

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Asian Carp Swimming Faster Towards the Great Lakes

June 19, 2012

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Our thanks to Great Lakes Outdoors for this one. June 19, 2012 by greatlakesoutdoors link: http://greatlakesoutdoors.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/asian-carp-swimming-faster-towards-the-great-lakes/ “I just found out that new evidence of Asian carp has been discovered near Lake Michigan. The new test results came back positive for silver carp seventeen times in one day.  That’s right.  Seventeen times! This could be the […]

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In Spite of Our Efforts, Public Land Acquisitions Could Be Capped in Northern Michigan

June 18, 2012

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As most of you know, the collective WE have been fighting the Michigan Land Cap Bill SB-248 for many months. Although many conservation partners were able to secure some improvements to this ill-conceived piece of legislation, the compromise amendment which sought to exclude the northern portion of the lower peninsula was removed prior to passage. […]

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