Archive | February, 2013

Public Land Cap 2.0 – Or, The Solution May Be Worse Than The Problem

February 28, 2013

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Boy, were we wrong.  Back in December, we wrote that as a result of Governor Snyder’s proposal to require local approval in advance of any new State land acquisition we may never see another new public lake access site. As it turns out, there may be some areas in northern Michigan where we may never […]

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It’s Time For Trust Fund Projects To Include Habitat Restoration

February 25, 2013

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by Paul Rose, NMCN Sr. Editor I know what you’re thinking.  For a website that has spent much of its time and identity highlighting legislative efforts to divert and alter the constitutionally-protected use of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF), proposing any change to its current use and funding allocation may be seen as […]

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Chickadees Lead the Way

February 24, 2013

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by Kay Charter – (photo credit – Wayne Richard Pope) As soon as my husband and I established Charter Sanctuary – a safe haven for migrating and nesting birds in Leelanau County – we began to get questions about what to feed birds. Adapting the old Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish and he’ll […]

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Getting Kids Outdoors Through Family Nature Clubs

February 20, 2013

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Much has been discussed and written in recent years about the increasing disconnect between people and nature, especially as it relates to America’s children.  No single writing has done as much to advance the topic than Richard Louv’s 2008 book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. Although this multi-generational trend […]

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DNR License Fee Restructuring Plan – Boots and Badges on the Ground

February 15, 2013

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Now that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) hunting and fishing license fee proposal is a week old and the dust has begun to settle, we’re beginning to hear and see reactions to its details.  While it remains our opinion that the initial reaction to the proposal was largely positive, we must disclose we […]

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U.S. Interior Secretary Nominee Drawing Positive Reviews From Sportsmen

February 11, 2013

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February 11, 2013 What the Nomination of Sally Jewell Can Mean to Sportsmen By Hal Herring (posted with permission) “We are experiencing a shift in our country, a growing weariness with the voices of anger and willful ignorance, especially in the realm of our natural resources. We’ve all endured it: the utterly predictable voices that […]

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MDNR Fish and Wildlife Funding Help May Be On the Way

February 7, 2013

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We’re trying not to get too excited about the possibility of all of the necessary pieces coming together, but based upon the content of Governor Snyder’s 2014 budget message, repairing the revenue problems associated with an antiquated fish and game license structure appears to have been made a Gubernatorial priority. To say that this is […]

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House Bill Seeks to “Dredge” Natural Resources Trust Fund

February 4, 2013

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A bill recently introduced to the Michigan House of Representatives (HB-4106, click here) is the latest attempt  to divert funding from the “constitutionally-protected” Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF).  This time, the plan is to expand the permitted use of funds to include dredging of Michigan’s harbors and waterways. As we have written on this […]

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