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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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Seven Myths of Michigan Public Lands

March 11, 2015

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Many may recall the debate in 2012 surrounding what was then known as the “Land Cap” bill. Although some improvements to 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 manage. One […]

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Is public land a key component to overall well-being?

February 19, 2015

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It seems worthy of note that six of the top ten states in the nation as ranked by a recent USA Today for the perceived “well-being” of their residents are also among the top 12 states in the Percentage of Public Land area. The main exceptions to this trend were the three states which have been more […]

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It’s Not Too Late to Be Counted – Michigan Forestry Open Houses

July 23, 2014

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We recently shared a story which included a video segment from a Traverse City area television station (TV 9 & 10) whose byline read “DNR Plans to Remove Acres of Trees” (click here to view segment). Since the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and others who conduct professional forest management “remove” acres of trees every […]

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Article Updates – Straits of Mackinac Pipeline & Isle Royal Wolves

May 19, 2014

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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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Hibernating Bats in Peril

April 27, 2014

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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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Things Are Getting “Real” for Encana and Chesapeake

April 17, 2014

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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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New Bill Could Undo Protections From Exotic Swine

April 3, 2014

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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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