MUCC in Da U.P., Eh?

Last week, while MUCC’s Legislative Affairs Manager Matt Evans and Citizens for Professional Wildlife committee members shepherded the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act through the Michigan Senate, MUCC staff, Board of Directors, and Conservation Coalition members traveled more than 350 miles north to Munising, with another packed conservation policy agenda. Live the Wildlife: On…

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Why Hunters & Anglers Should Care About Clean Water Act Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been in the works to provide clarification to the Clean Water Act as to which waters are covered by these protections. In the last decade EPA, the Army Corps of Engineers, USDA, the court system, landowners, and conservationists have been in a confusing and frustrating tango as to which…

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DNR Asks for Input on Proposed Bass Season Changes

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and a citizen advisory group, the Warmwater Resources Steering Committee, have been working to possibly alter bass seasons. The main outcome of the proposed expansion is to increase fishing and harvesting seasons. To clarify, current bass regulations to protect bass such as having no winter harvest season, daily…

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MUCC Resolution Tackles Cyber-Bullying and Hunter Harassment

Technology allows innovations in all sorts of fields, but anti-hunters have been quick to use technology for hunter harassment. There have been many recent media stories of anti-hunters cyber-bullying hunters, especially young female hunters. At this summer’s annual convention, though, the members of Michigan United Conservation Clubs passed a resolution to attack these anti-hunting threats…

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MUCC Announces Daniel Eichinger as New Executive Director

LANSING- Michigan United Conservation Clubs announced that it has hired Daniel Eichinger as its new Executive Director. Eichinger returns to MUCC, where he began his career, with extensive legislative, agency, executive and nonprofit experience.“I am honored to have been chosen to lead MUCC into the future,” said Eichinger. “This is a critical time for conservation…

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Conservation Leaders Recognized at MUCC Awards Banquet

There are many people who took the reins and led the conservation effort in Michigan this year, but there were some who stood out from the rest. At MUCC’s Annual Convention, some of those leaders were recognized at MUCC’s Conservation Award Banquet. Outstanding Conservationist of the Year: Mike Leonard Without Mike Leonard, Citizens for Professional…

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Profile: MUCC’s New President Ron Burris

Mr. Ron Burris was just elected as the new President of MUCC’s Board of Directors at the 2014 Annual Convention. While owning his own real estate firm, Ron has interests that span hunting, fishing, conservation, shooting sports, travel and history. He attended Homer Community Schools, Kellogg Community College, and Western Michigan University with degrees in…

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Michigan. United. A Recap of MUCC’s 2014 Annual Convention

MUCC’s Board of Directors, voting club delegates, members and many agency and conservation partners gathered in Roscommon last weekend to learn new skills together, celebrate accomplishments, and add more policies to their “to-do” list during the 2014 Annual Convention. For the first time in many years, MUCC offered Conservation Leadership Training June 19-21, in partnership…

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MUCC’s 2014 Approved Policy Resolutions

Michigan United Conservation Clubs is a true grassroots organization—the policies of MUCC are established by its members. The MUCC policy-setting process begins with members and affiliate clubs drafting proposed resolutions which are then submitted to a vetting process before reaching the Annual Convention. At the 2014 Annual Convention held June 21-22, 2014, twenty-one resolutions were…

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MUCC Win! Approved Expansion of Certain Rifles in the Michigan Shotgun Zone

MUCC Member’s approved a policy resolution in 2010 requesting that MUCC urge the Natural Resources Commission to change the law regulating the “Shotgun zone” to allow use of rifles using straight-walled pistol cartridges during firearm deer season. HB 4283 sponsored by Rep. Matt Lori (R-Constantine) passed the House and passed out of Senate committee back…

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2014 Conservation Leadership Training

JFK once said “A rising tide lifts all boats.” By investing in our current and future organizational leaders, the conservation community can continue to build our power and effectiveness here in Michigan. Join us June 19-21 at the RAM Center in Roscommon to take your skills, your organization and Michigan’s natural resources to the next…

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Many Hands Make Quick Work at MOOD Youth Camp

Shaun McKeon, Camp Director This past weekend the Cedar Lake Outdoor Center was brought back to life from its winter sleep.  Over 2 days we were able to work on and complete 21 separate projects.  The volunteers came out in force and the support for the camp program was great.  We had a total of…

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Riley Wilderness Youth Camp Opportunities for Scholarships

By: Shaun McKeon, Camp Director May 1, 2014 The camp is open and the summer season is barreling towards us.  If you haven’t already thought about it, it is most definitely time to get your son or daughter registered to attend the Michigan OutofDoors Youth Camp for Kids!  If your son or daughter is new…

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On-the-Ground Volunteer Efforts are Making a big Difference in Habitat Improvement

Courtesy of Michigan DNR Rabbits and other small creatures will have some new homes at Fulton State Game Area now that a handful of volunteers – working on a Michigan-On-the-Ground program – spent a Saturday building brush piles at the Kalamazoo County site. The program, a partnership between Michigan United Conservation Clubs and the Department of Natural…

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