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Topic: Conservation

Michigan’s Archangel Ancient Tree Archive drawing national notice

Michigan Environmental Report
For a tiny nonprofit headquartered in the northern Michigan village of Copemish, the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive sure gets a lot of ink.
View ArticleMay 4, 2014  •  Winter 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Earth Day 2014 activities in Michigan celebrate spring, encourage stewardship

News Updates
Every day is Earth Day for environmental groups, right? But this annual focus on doing right by the planet provides Michiganders of all ages and interests hands-on opportunities to get outside and care for this beautiful peninsula. From the State of Michigan offering a day of programs for school groups, to local watershed groups hosting spring river cleanups, there is sure to be an event in your area.
View ArticleApr 10, 2014

Letter to Michigan DNR regarding oil and gas leases on the Au Sable River

Research Reports
A letter from MEC and coalition partners, led by the Anglers of the Au Sable, requesting that Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh not authorize leases for oil and gas activity along the "Holy Waters" stretch of the Au Sable River.
Download ReportDec 6, 2013

Built to Last: A blueprint for a more resilient Michigan

Research Reports
Michigan has a rare opportunity for thoughtful reinvention. Choices we make now will ripple through our environment and economy for decades to come.
Download ReportSep 23, 2013

133 Michigan scientists have a message for Governor Rick Snyder: Just say no

Michigan Environmental Report
We asked University of Michigan School of Natural Resources Professor Bradley Cardinale, PhD, to answer some of our questions about the anti-biodiversity Senate Bill 78. The legislation would redefine the term “biodiversity” in state law and prohibit state agencies from designating public lands to protect biological diversity. The bill passed the State Senate and was pending in the Michigan House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee at press time.
View ArticleSep 20, 2013  •  Summer 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Is it time to take the Kirtland's warbler off the Endangered list?

Michigan Environmental Report
The Kirtland’s warbler is North America’s rarest songbird. They winter in the Bahamas, and more than 90 percent return to jack pine forests in northern Michigan each spring. Sounds like a pretty nice life, but the warbler has had a rough go of it. Twice in the past 40 years its population has dipped below 170 breeding pairs as modern forest fire suppression changed its habitat by eliminating the newly grown jack pine scrub forests that emerge from fire-scarred landscapes.
View ArticleSep 20, 2013  •  Summer 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC steps up to chart a vision for Michigan’s “Big Wild”

Michigan Environmental Report
The Pigeon River Country State Forest has for decades been the crucible for conservation in Michigan. It’s the focus of heated debates and hard-won compromises about how to manage a place—and by extension, a state—rich in both stunning natural beauty and precious natural resources.
View ArticleJun 20, 2013  •  Spring 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, Land Use, Legislation

Managing Michigan's State-owned Forests: Harvest Levels, Market Trends and Revenue Realities

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Our new findings indicate that harvests of timber on state-owned land have generally increased--even during the recent recession--and are at or near sustainable levels. Any push for higher harvest and looser state regulation must be evaluated in light of reliable information about timber harvest on state land and the factors driving those harvests. This includes recognition of the multiple and emerging demands being placed on state forestlands, including forest sustainability, emerging timber demand and market shifts, and important recreational demands.
Download ReportApr 23, 2013

Large-tract forestland ownership change: Land use, conservation, and prosperity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Research Reports
The Upper Peninsula’s unique identity could be changing as commercial forest ownership changes signal a break with the past, according to a report released today by university researchers and conservation groups in Michigan. The region’s constants – wide open spaces accessible to the public, sustainably managed forests and an economic foundation of forest industries and tourism – need better incentives to remain in place for future generations, the report concludes.
Download ReportApr 22, 2013
RELATED TOPICS: Land Use, Conservation

Critical Dune permit application, White River Township

Research Reports
This application to the state seeks to build a road through a township dune sanctuary as part of a driveway project. The driveway is allowed "by right," even through a Critical Dunes area, under changes to a state law approved in 2012.
Download ReportApr 10, 2013
RELATED TOPICS: Land Use, Legislation, Conservation

MEC’s new green headquarters near Capitol offers access and meeting space

Michigan Environmental Report
The historic Morgan B. Hungerford House at 602 W. Ionia Street just blocks from the Capitol building is the Michigan Environmental Council’s new home.
View ArticleMar 22, 2013  •  Winter 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Car dealership saves big energy $$$

Michigan Environmental Report
Dick Genthe Chevrolet, a 90-year-old, family-owned car dealership located in Wyandotte, has reduced energy costs 30% annually and saves close to $40,000 each year as a result of implementing Keen Technical Solutions efficiency plans.
View ArticleMar 18, 2013  •  Winter 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan Parks and the Power of Place

Michigan Environmental Report
Significant changes may be afoot for Michigan’s state parks, following the recommendations of the Michigan State Parks and Outdoor Recreation Blue Ribbon Panel sent to Gov. Rick Snyder in late 2012.
View ArticleJan 17, 2013  •  Fall 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, Land Use

Michigan Senate OKs changes to dune protection law

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Builders would have an easier time gaining approval for houses, driveways and other projects in sensitive seaside areas under proposed legislation that would make the first significant changes in Michigan's sand dune protection law in nearly a quarter-century.
View ArticleJun 7, 2012

Sierra Club celebrates milestone anniversaries in 2012

Michigan Environmental Report
From the Grand Canyon to Michigan’s outstanding wilderness areas, tangible results of the Sierra Club’s successes are everywhere as the organization celebrates big anniversaries in 2012.
View ArticleApr 5, 2012  •  Winter 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, MEC Member Groups

National Group: Michigan has the best state parks system in U.S.

Michigan Environmental Report
If you've wandered a Waterloo trail or hung your snow shoes in the cozy warmth of a Porcupine Mountains cabin, you've probably suspected what a national recreation group has confirmed: Michigan has the best state parks system in the country.
View ArticleDec 23, 2011  •  Fall 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Land Use, Conservation

What services do natural ecosystems provide you?

Michigan Environmental Report
The Stewardship Network, an MEC member group, invites participants to their fifth annual conference, " The Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems," January 20-21 2012, at Michigan State University's Kellogg Center in East Landing.
View ArticleDec 20, 2011  •  Fall 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Land Use, Conservation

What we learned at Rice Camp in the farthest reaches of Michigan’s U.P.

Michigan Environmental Report
Until a year and a half ago, I had no idea there was a type of rice that grows natively in Michigan. That’s when Roger Labine, a member of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, responded to our request for grant partnerships for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
View ArticleSep 9, 2011  •  Summer 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation

View from Cleveland: ‘It was no mirage, it was Michigan’

Michigan Environmental Report
Occasionally, it takes an outsider to remind us how unique and spectacular our natural resources are in the Mitten State. Such was the case with Cleveland Plain Dealer travel writer Susan Glaser’s July 16 column sharing her awe and reverence during a family trip to Michigan’s West Coast sand dunes.
View ArticleSep 8, 2011  •  Summer 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan fly fishing: Best in the nation!

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan has the best fly fishing in the nation. Better than legendary Western destinations like Idaho, Wyoming and Montana according, to the “Best 12 States for Fly Fishing” rankings from Fly Talk, the fly fishing blog of Field & Stream magazine.
View ArticleJun 6, 2011  •  Spring 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

End of an era

Michigan Environmental Report
Glen Sheppard, the legendary editor of the North Woods Call, passed away in early January at the age of 74. The Call, his fiercely independent conservation newspaper, has ceased publication.
View ArticleMar 23, 2011  •  Winter 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

New DEQ chief Dan Wyant: Looking to economic gardening to grow, protect Michigan

Michigan Environmental Report
As a boy Dan Wyant used to stop traffic on U.S. 131 near Schoolcraft to let his grandfather’s 20 head of dairy cows march across the highway to be milked. Times and technology changed. Today Wyant directs the state agency that oversees enforcement of pollution laws – including laws regulating huge factory farms that house thousands of cattle and produce waste equivalent to a medium-sized city.
View ArticleJan 20, 2011  •  January 2011 Online - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Green Economy, Conservation

Recreation Passport: Your $10 ticket to Michigan’s parks, boat launches and more

Michigan Environmental Report
A ten dollar bill barely covers the cost of a movie ticket. But ten bucks now gets you an entire year of access to Michigan’s boundless outdoor recreation opportunities, from hiking the rugged Porcupine Mountains to cross-country skiing in Metro Detroit and sunbathing on a Lake Michigan beach
View ArticleDec 15, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation

TRIVIA TIME: Test your knowledge of Michigan’s State Parks

Michigan Environmental Report
You’ll find a story on page 8 about the new State Parks Passport system that replaces the old state park windshield stickers. We hope it helps restore some of the funding for the parks. And it’s also reason enough for us to devote this issue’s Trivia Time to our state’s great park system!
View ArticleDec 15, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation

MEC weighs in at Supreme Court

Michigan Environmental Report
The Michigan Environmental Council has filed an amicus brief in a key Michigan Supreme Court case involving the right of citizens of Michigan to take legal action to protect the state’s natural resources. An amicus brief is a “friend of the court” argument filed by a party with an interest—but no direct involvement—in the court case.
View ArticleDec 15, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, Water Protection

MEC OVERHEARD IN THE NEWS

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A collection of recent quotes from MEC that appeared in the news.
View ArticleDec 15, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

Asian carp expert: Great Lakes tributaries may be more at risk than the lakes themselves

Michigan Environmental Report
Google “Asian carp,” and you’ll return 348,000 hits. Not as many as Lindsay Lohan (21.3 million) but still plenty of choices from which to glean information on the voracious fish knocking on the door of the Great Lakes.
View ArticleDec 14, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

President's Column: Pure Michigan means protecting, as well as promoting, our state’s natural assets

Michigan Environmental Report
In August, I spent time exploring parts of Michigan I had never really visited until now. Walking along the Lake Michigan shoreline at Ludington I couldn’t help but marvel at the beauty of our state and the natural assets that we too often take for granted.
View ArticleAug 29, 2010  •  Summer 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, Green Economy

Kirtland’s warbler conservation success celebrated with second in series of MEC-sponsored markers

Michigan Environmental Report
The second in a series of environmental historical markers sponsored by the Michigan Environmental Council was dedicated in June at the junction of two major Michigan freeways.
View ArticleAug 20, 2010  •  Summer 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation

Legacy Land Conservancy adds six new lands

Michigan Environmental Report
For Legacy Land Conservancy, 2009 ended with a bang—six projects completed in 2009, all during the month of December!
View ArticleMar 1, 2010  •  Winter 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups, Conservation

MEC praises choice of Becky Humphries to lead MDNRE

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New director combines leadership, administrative experience and passion for state's natural resources
Read MoreJan 13, 2010

Dowagiac Woods: The crown jewel of the Michigan Nature Association sparkles

Michigan Environmental Report
Dowagiac Woods Nature Sanctuary in Southwest Michigan is a living example of how forests were when the early settlers beheld them—and with the recent addition of 149 acres, it’s growing!
View ArticleMay 29, 2009  •  Spring 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, MEC Member Groups

Conservancy without borders: Washtenaw Land Trust renamed Legacy Land Conservancy

Michigan Environmental Report
While bureaucratic boundaries are important for politics, they are not heeded by ecosystems, landscapes, rivers or wildlife. Taking its cue from the landscape, the Washtenaw Land Trust has worked beyond the borders of Washtenaw County for years.
View ArticleMay 29, 2009  •  Spring 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, MEC Member Groups

‘Michigan’s Magnificent Birds’ is theme for state Audubon chapter’s 105th annual conference

Michigan Environmental Report
“Michigan’s Magnificent Birds” is the theme for Michigan Audubon’s 105th annual conference March 6-7 at the Kellogg Center on Michigan State University’s campus.
View ArticleFeb 15, 2009  •  Winter 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, MEC Member Groups

Landmark at the lakeshore: State dedicates first natural area since 1988

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan has a new natural area on state land for the first time in 20 years—and members of the MEC member group Michigan Natural Areas Council (MNAC), among others, are delighted with the good news.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, MEC Member Groups

Washtenaw Land Trust, two other Michigan groups among nation’s first accredited land conservancies

Michigan Environmental Report
Three Michigan land conservancies—Chikaming Open Lands, Leelanau Conservancy, and MEC member group Washtenaw Land Trust—have the distinction of being among the first conservancies in the country to be awarded the Seal of Accreditation.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, MEC Member Groups

Second MEC historical trail marker to celebrate Kirtland’s warbler resurgence

Michigan Environmental Report
The second historical marker for a Michigan Environmental Council-sponsored Michigan Conservation Trail was approved by the Michigan Historical Commission this spring. Efforts by communities, scientists and governmental agencies to restore the endangered Kirtland’s warbler are the theme of the marker, which will be installed in the Mio area.
View ArticleAug 11, 2008  •  Summer 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

Milliken: Conserving a legacy—Michigan’s natural wonders

Michigan Environmental Report
Barely one percent of DNR lands get natural area designations. The following is an opinion column from former Gov. William Milliken regarding natural areas protection, printed on March 2, 2008 in the Lansing State Journal.
View ArticleMay 29, 2008  •  Spring 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Land Use, Conservation

Environment Michigan pushes to revive Michigan’s waning wilderness program

Michigan Environmental Report
Aggressive lobbying and public education by MEC member group Environment Michigan helped convince Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to create the state’s first wilderness designation in 20 years, permanently protecting part of Algonac State Park.
View ArticleMay 29, 2008  •  Spring 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

A little too much garlic . . .

Michigan Environmental Report
Garlic mustard—an invasive plant that can overwhelm the natural habitat of Michigan’s wildflowers and native flora within a few years—was in the crosshairs of the Stewardship Network this spring. Network volunteers aimed to pull an estimated 100,000 pounds of the invader during April and May.
View ArticleMay 29, 2008  •  Spring 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, Land Use

Detroit River: Ruin and recovery

Michigan Environmental Report
The incredible story of the Detroit River’s decline and resurgence was commemorated Sept. 1 with the placement of the first historical marker on Michigan’s Conservation Trail at the gateway to the Detroit International Wildlife Refuge in Trenton.
View ArticleOct 22, 2007  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report

Variety of strategies used to help keep Michigan farmland from disappearing

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan boasts some of the most productive agricultural soils in the world. The diversity of our farm production is second only to California, and farming contributes more than $60 billion each year to Michigan’s economy.
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report

Prime time to trust

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This meandering creek and adjacent farmland was protected by a conservation-minded Washtenaw County family last year through a conservation agreement. And 2007 could be an especially attractive year for tax savings and land protection through such agreements.
View ArticleMay 15, 2007  •  Spring 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation
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