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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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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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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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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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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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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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Crop Damage Permits For Bear? Please Say You’re Kidding

January 30, 2014

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Had it not been 5°F with two feet of snow around my feet I would have thought someone had moved April Fool’s Day.  That was my honest reaction when I first heard about Michigan House Bill 5226 which proposes to expand crop damage permits to include the killing of bear.  This stunningly bad idea comes […]

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Good News for Conservation Programs – U.S. Farm Bill Nears Agreement

January 28, 2014

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January 28, 2014 Report Courtesy of Ducks Unlimited (DU) WASHINGTON – Jan. 27, 2014 – After three long years of compromise, the four primary Agriculture Committee negotiators announced the final farm bill agreement today, and it enhances and strengthens vital polices for wildlife, sportsmen and women and all citizens. The 2014 Farm Bill includes the […]

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Petition Drive Proposed For Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act

November 26, 2013

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In an effort to reverse the national trend toward ballot initiative-driven wildlife management, the Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management (CPWM) coalition is proposing to launch a campaign of its own.  As described in the press release which follows, the Michigan Board of Canvassers is being asked to approve petition language which, if successful, would place […]

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