Legislature is Hearing the Conservation Community’s Voice in Lansing

Michigan sportsmen and women delivered another victory for conservation this past week by taking action to delay a vote on Senate Bill 248 in the House Natural Resources Committee that would have capped the amount of public land available in the state of Michigan.

Your hundreds of calls and e-mails to members of the committee asking them to take a closer look at the legislation did not go unnoticed, nor unanswered.

Word is that due to the negative feedback received, mainly from members of the sportsman and conservation community statewide, a vote on SB 248 has been postponed indefinitely until after the New Year, and after a closer look is taken at the effects of the proposed legislation.

MUCC and its members were concerned that the bill was set to make sweeping public land policy for the entire state without addressing the concerns raised in issuing the bill, nor the major concerns of the conservation community.

Issues such as the disparity between access to amounts of public land in different regions of the state, more input from local units of government, and creating a transparent and accountable strategy for future public land purchases and sales should be considered in any new discussions by the Michigan legislature.

Kudos to all those sportsmen and women who contacted their Representatives. Your hard work is paying off!

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  • Rob

    Excellent job! Another huge issue that needs to be addressed in any future attempt to move this along is the fact that these monies from Natural Resource trust Fund are ear tagged for land acquisition, if the state would be capped and meet that cap undoubtedly the need for this fund to be tagged as is will come under fire. If anything like this is to be considered there should be an answer to this concern built into it.

  • Buck

    How much state land is needed? We have about 5 million acres now, isn’t that enough. Look at how much money are the townships are loseing as this land is taken off the tax roll. The state only pays $1.85 acre to the townships and cities. In the U.P. some counties are a quater owned by DNR plus Federal land. Not very much revenue for the countys. The DNR can,t even manage the land they have now properly, and they just keep adding! When they manage the land they have now properly for the habitat and let we the people us the land within reason, then I wouldn’t have a problem, but till they do I support this bill. How much land do they really want to own, they won’t tell you this, as I have asked, why do they want to own all this land, how much recreational land does the state need?

    • George

      $1.85 is good! The Feds only pay .98 per acre. CFR land pays $1.25. Trust fund purchased lands are paid “Add Valorm”, the going rate. Who should we be going after.

    • Grumpy Old Man

      Hey Buck, you should go to some states like SD, ND, MT, WY, CO, TX where there is very little public land except National Forests and Parks and try to recreate. It will cost you a $bunch to hunt or do any other outdoor activity on private ranch or farm land, if you get permission. Most of our state land was abandoned by the “robber barons” who took the timber and minerals and walked away. Be glad you have what we have. These Repuglican politicians are just trying to turn over public land to a new generation of “robber barons” who will develop the land and walk away with pockets full of $bucks, but leave others to pay the taxes, while we lose access.

  • Anonymous

    The state is broke. Time for it to sell some assets, including land. When will the greedy politicians in Lansing stop gobbling land up? This just simply drives the price of land out of reach for the common citizen. The DNR is a bloated government agency that needs to be trimmed and reined in.

  • ruauper2

    Yeah, the state is supposedly broke so why don’t we just sell off all those public lands that belomg to the citizens of the state? Naw, let’s let the timber interests with their big pockets buy up all those choice parcels? Besides the state being alledgely broke there are a whole lot of just plain ordinary citizens who are out of work and broke so how in the world are they going to be able to buy ant of those lands?

    Plain and simple, this was just another attempt at a land grab formulated by Casperson for his buddies in the timber industry. What has to be watched now is the fact this bill goes over to the House where it will come before Casperson’s puppet, Rep. Huuki.

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