Michigan Environmental Report

News from Michigan Environmental Council on public policies affecting the health of Michigan's people and environment

Industry experts: Legislature must support, not undermine Michigan's alternative fuel vehicles

Dark skies: We've got 'em, officially, here in Michigan!

A piece on Wired.com caught our attention last week because it has something to do with a wild and beautiful corner of Michigan.

Michigan hunting, fishing license fee hike (first since 1997) will put more biologists, conservation officers in the field

More wildlife biologists and conservation cops soon will be in the field thanks to legislation approved Tuesday by the State House of Representatives. The bill raises about $20 million for natural resource conservation and management by increasing fees for hunting and fishing licenses.

Freight vs passenger rail? No, experts say the two complement one another in Michigan

By Dan Sommerville, Policy Associate, Michigan Environmental Council

Au Sable River gets a checkup: Good health, but threats loom

Editor's note: The Anglers of the Au Sable report mentioned below has been taken temporarily offline for revisions. We will update this post when the report is again available. Our apologies, and thanks for reading!

Here comes the legislature! Keep a close eye on your biodiversity!

Dr. Bradley Cardinale is among 133 Michigan scientists poised to tell Gov. Rick Snyder that the anti-biodiversity Senate Bill 78 is a terrible idea for Michigan's natural resources and for science-based decision making. We talked with him recently in this blog entry. If you liked that, you'll love his appearance on WKAR's Current State where he discusses the damaging legislation in more detail.

Anti-biodiversity SB 78: Michigan scientists (133 of 'em!) poised to tell Gov. Snyder it is "against the best advice" of state's academic experts

The good news is the Michigan Legislature is on summer recess.

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

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.