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The mission of the Northern Michigan Conservation Network is to "connect conservation-minded hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts to those issues affecting Michigan's forests, waters, and wildlife."

Scientific Fisheries & Wildlife Management in Michigan at Crossroads

March 11, 2019

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Legislative Intervention Threatens Michigan’s Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Response Although nearly five years has passed, it hardly seems that long ago when Michigan hunters, anglers and trappers were celebrating the signing of the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act (SFWCA). Brought forward by a diverse coalition of sportsmen-conservationists, this legislation seemingly memorialized the efforts of […]

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Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Brook Trout Kerfuffle

March 1, 2019

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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “kerfuffle” as a “disturbance or commotion typically caused by a dispute or conflict.” If asked to use kerfuffle in a sentence, please feel free to say “The Michigan Natural Resources Commission’s process of increasing the bag limit on upper peninsula brook trout has been a seven-year kerfuffle.” Without getting into the […]

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Troubling Precedent – MDNR Director Appointed To His Own Commission

October 22, 2018

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Although we had essentially put the Northern Michigan Conservation Network site on hiatus, the news of Michigan DNR Director Creagh’s appointment to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) and its implications on resource management in the State of Michigan are so profoundly important that we have found it necessary to make this post. Let me […]

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Michigan Trout Unlimited Issues Opposition Document Regarding Continued Increase in Brook Trout Harvest Limits

October 11, 2018

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For those of you who have been following this site for some time may recall our posts dating back to 2012 regarding the issue of daily creel limits for brook trout in upper peninsula streams. In 2017, we again shared the concerns stated by Michigan Trout Unlimited (MITU), and others, as the Natural Resources Commission […]

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100 Years of Michigan Elk – A Story of People and Place

September 23, 2018

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As Michigan celebrates the 100th anniversary of elk reintroduction to the state, we should recognize that this is not just a wildlife story but one which is also about people…and place. Had there not been a vast block of largely uninterrupted semi-wilderness lands, and had there not been generations of both natural resource professionals and […]

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Fishery Habitat Enhancement Continues on the Upper Black River

January 2, 2018

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As 2017 comes to a successful close, the Upper Black River Council (UBRC) is pleased to provide a final River Crew Progress Report for 2017. Since our July report, we are happy to report that the entire Northern Blue Lakes (NBL) permit reach has been completed. Ken Reed and crew finished the final 93 structures remaining after […]

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Michigan Public Land Management At Risk – Calls and Letters Are Needed NOW!

November 4, 2016

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Stop Michigan Senate bills 39 & 40 These bills represent the most significant legislative intervention in public land management in the State’s history. These provisions include: The potential forced opening of our few remaining special management areas to motorized vehicles Increased timber harvest to levels which may be in conflict with publicly-adopted sustainable forest management […]

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An Open Letter to Governor Rick Snyder – Recalling the Michigan Public Land Cap Promise

November 1, 2016

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Dear Governor Snyder, I am writing today to remind you of the promise you made in 2012, when you signed into law what was then known as Senate Bill 248 (a.k.a. Public Land Cap Bill). In a July 2, 2012 press release from your office it was stated that Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed legislation […]

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Da Plains, Da Plains

May 25, 2015

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This past holiday weekend, we had the opportunity to get up close and personal to the site of one of the numerous “prescribed burns” being implemented this spring by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. According to the Department, “prescribed burns are planned to achieve specific objectives – oftentimes simulating the benefits of natural fires. […]

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The Cycle of Success for Fisheries and Wildlife Restoration

May 9, 2015

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Over the past nearly 80 years, the Sport Fishing and Wildlife Restoration programs (authorized by the Pittman-Robertson & Dingle-Johnson Acts) have provided well over fifteen billion dollars in grant funds to state fish and wildlife agencies for projects to restore, conserve, manage, and enhance all species of fish and wildlife – $1.1 billion will be […]

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