Posts by Nick Green
Senate passes commercial guiding legislation
The Michigan Senate, on a bipartisan vote, passed stakeholder-led commercial guiding legislation Thursday morning. Commercial guiding in Michigan is woefully unregulated – nothing currently exists in statute to prevent serial poachers from posing as legitimate guides. Senate Bills 103, 104, SB 105 aim to address that, though still need to pass through a House committee…Read More
Trotter named CEO of MUCC, McKeon promoted to deputy director
The nation’s largest statewide conservation organization announced internal changes Monday to its leadership team. Serving as executive director of Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) since early 2019, Amy Trotter will now be the organization’s chief executive officer. Though duties won’t change, MUCC President Tim Muir Jr. said this reflects and rewards the complexities of nonprofit…Read More
#Fight4Fish: Win a Float, Charter or $500 gift card!
Without our fisheries and waterways — from the vast Great Lakes to hidden, forested creeks — Michigan’s identity would look much different. Help us continue to protect that identity and #Fight4Fish with your $35 or more entry. Enter to win here! Each $35 or more entry enters you into the drawing for one of four…Read More
#Fight4Fish: Helping keep Boating Access Sites open
Since its inception, Michigan United Conservation Clubs has worked to promote unfettered, responsible access to our wild places in Michigan. Throughout Michigan, boating access sites (BAS) are subject to closures, often during nighttime hours, that inhibit anglers, hunters, trappers and recreationists access to public waters that should be open. MUCC understands that opening all sites…Read More
Commercial Guiding Bills: What’s Myth and What’s Fact?
The Senate Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee passed out an MUCC-supported commercial guiding package (SBs 103,104 and 105) today. Commercial guiding in Michigan is woefully unregulated. Nothing in state law prevents a serial poacher or felon from guiding. For more than 10 years, Michigan United Conservation Clubs has worked to provide much-needed sideboards for an…Read More
Senate guiding bills to provide data, prevent poachers from guiding
Senate Bills 103, 104, 105 Quick Hits: Currently, Michigan has little regulation for inland hunting and fishing guides. Nothing stops someone from guiding who has been convicted of egregious wildlife violations. Guide data reporting would be required to help manage our natural resources. Commercial guiding regulation has been a priority of the conservation community for…Read More
What does the DNR and National Guard’s Camp Grayling agreement really mean?
The announcement of a counter-proposal to the National Guard’s request for leasing an additional 162,000 acres has left some with more questions than answers. On April 21, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Guard. A week later, the DNR announced that it rejected the 162,000-acre…Read More
National Guard denied 162,000-acre expansion, alternate proposal agreed to
The National Guard’s request to expand Camp Grayling’s footprint by more than 160,000 acres was countered Friday by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). In January 2022, the guard submitted an expansion request to the DNR to more than double its footprint. The DNR publicly acknowledged the proposal in June and held its first…Read More
MUCC Annual Convention: 16 resolutions, 7 conservation awards, camraderie
Conservationists built brush piles for small game habitat, debated conservation policy resolutions and recognized those among them for outstanding achievements at the 2023 MUCC Annual Convention last weekend. Michigan United Conservation Clubs convention weekend culminated in the organization’s grassroots policy process Saturday and Sunday. Members considered 16 policy resolutions (click here) and six bylaws amendments.…Read More
2023 MUCC Passed Resolutions
16 resolutions passed at MUCC Annual Convention: Deer tracking with a dog off-lead, retaining bear preference points and opposition of Camp Grayling expansion highlighted Resolution #1 Title: Wolf – Dog Conflict Reporting Submitted by: Steve Dey, Straits Area Sportsmen’s Club Passed: March 25, 2023 MUCC Annual Convention Because of the importance of reporting wolf-dog conflicts,…Read More