Archive | February, 2014

Straits Of Mackinac Pipeline – The Plan Should Be As Clear As The Water

February 25, 2014

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Within the past year, the nearly 60 year-old, twin oil transmission pipelines which lie at the bottom (mostly) of the Straits of Mackinac have gone from being largely unknown to a chief topic of conversation throughout our region.  Public awareness of oil and gas transmission lines here in Michigan seemingly received the equivalent of a […]

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State of the State – 2013 Michigan Forest Health Report

February 23, 2014

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The 2013 Forest Health Report for the state of Michigan has been released. In simpler times this would have merely been viewed as an annual trip to the timber doctor – but not today. As we have now come to expect, much of the document is dedicated to the discussion of the growing threat to […]

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Town Hall Meeting Scheduled For “Land Cap” Removal Bill

February 12, 2014

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Many may recall the debate from  2012  surrounding what was then known as Senate Bill 248, the “Land Cap” bill.  Although some improvements the original bill were secured, PA 240 of 2012 became law and thereby established a 4.6 million acre limit on the amount of land that the State of Michigan could own and […]

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Best Foods for Wintering Birds

February 11, 2014

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by Kay Charter – During most years, birds that overwinter in our area are largely able to survive without our assistance, especially if the habitats in which they live are healthy. Birds like woodpeckers, chickadees and nuthatches have survived for many millennia without human help. But significant snowfall during the current winter without any thawing […]

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