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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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‘Tis the Season – Smokey Bear Goes High Tech

April 16, 2015

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If you’re like me, you may have often wondered about the forest fire and wildfire hazard ratings you see posted outside of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources field offices. While I’ve always known that these ratings were based on more than just an empty rain gauge, it wasn’t until a presentation made by Atlanta […]

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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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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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March Madness or April Fool – The Latest Trust Fund Raid Proposed

March 30, 2014

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We’re hoping that it is the time of year and the combination of March Madness and April Fool season that was just too much for some to resist. Although the idea of a legislative raid of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) is not a new one, the recently introduced House Joint Resolution EE goes […]

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It Won’t Be Long Now – Really

March 21, 2014

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As we walk through the still snow-covered and frost-permeated north woods, it somehow seems hard to believe that we’ll soon be hearing the sounds of a changing season.  Chief among these sounds is the one produced by the“King of the Game Birds” who, unlike so many of his feathered cousins, endured this long and difficult […]

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