Consent Decree status conference leads to extension

The 2020 Consent Decree governing treaty and recreational fishing in the northern Great Lakes of Michigan was again extended June 4 after a status conference was held in federal court in Kalamazoo. The parties gathered at the request of the court to provide an overview of their take on the negotiations thus far and their…

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A slippery slope: Kalamazoo County Commission set to vote on ‘wildlife killing contests’

Kalamazoo County commissioners are poised to vote on a proclamation Tuesday “opposing wildlife killing contests and asking Michigan policymakers to ban them.” Passage of the proclamation would not limit hunting contests or any other hunting activity in Kalamazoo County — it is a statement of position. The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) has the exclusive authority…

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MUCC Executive Director testifies in front of NRC

The following comments were provided by Michigan United Conservation Clubs Executive Director Amy Trotter at the June Natural Resources Commission meeting. Oral testimony was edited to fit within the time limits of public testimony. MUCC’s membership has remained steadfast in its commitment to the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, advocating for science-based decision making…

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NRC to act on proposed urine-based lure ban at June meeting

Commissioners are set to act on a proposed ban of urine-based lures as another round of deer regulations comes in front of the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) this month for action. It is unclear what the commission’s flavor might be on the proposed ban, but during last month’s public testimony, Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC)…

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A Week To Remember

The week of May 17-23 was a non-stop week for the Huron Pines AmeriCorps(HPA) program. It began with members gathering outdoors at the annual HPA Camp, which took place this year near Tustin, Michigan. For the first time in this AmeriCorps term, I got to be amongst all of the other HPA members, and it…

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On the Ground: 2021 Habitat Events Update

While there are currently no On the Ground (OTG) wildlife habitat improvement events scheduled for the early summer months, we are beginning to schedule our late summer and fall events. Such events will include grassland habitat restoration, native tree and shrub plantings, hunter access trail improvements and a river clean-up. These events are scheduled to…

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Enjoy Michigan’s “Three Free” Weekend June 12-13

On Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13, Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors get a free pass to experience Michigan’s fishing opportunities, ORV trails, state parks and state-managed boating access sites. This means that on June 12 and June 13, you do not need a fishing license, ORV license, trail permit or recreation passport. However,…

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