Camp Cleanup has Begun!

The snow is gone, and that means it’s time to start making improvements down at camp! This week, we began our cleanup of the property by removing massive pines (a white pine and an Austrian pine) from the property. Both trees were dead and beginning to rot away. The Austrian pine was in the middle…

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Current bill to restrict boating practices likely to change

On March 13, House Bill 4362 was introduced by Rep. Jason Sheppard (R-Temperance) of the 56th district. The bill was referred to the House Government Operations Committee (which he chairs), and it has not had a hearing as of yet. As introduced, this bill would limit the operation of a vessel on public inland waters…

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FREE Wildlife and Pollinator Habitat Workshops

Looking to attract deer, songbirds, pheasants, and butterflies onto your property, while improving air, water, and soil quality? Come to a free workshop near you to learn about programs and tools available to help you create quality wildlife habitat on your property! OR Have you already enrolled in the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE)…

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Attending The Project Fish Instructor Training

Have you heard of Project Fish? Project F.I.S.H stands for, Friends Involved in Sports Fishing Heritage. Their vision statement is as follows; (http://www.projectfish.org/main_program.html) “To initiate and provide fishing education and fishing skills to interested adults and youth from Michigan’s many diverse populations. This will preserve a natural heritage that ensures the future of fishing, which…

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Funding for Chronic Wasting Disease and PFAs outlined in the Executive Budget

Last Tuesday, the executive branch proposed the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Most notable is the $2.3 million earmarked for research of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Of that allotment, $2 million is one-time funding for the research on the transmission, spread, and prevention of the disease. And $300,000 is ongoing funding to support the…

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MUCC’s OTG Jr. Awarded Land Use Pillar Award

Getting kids outside is tough. Getting them actively and meaningfully engaged in the natural world around them is even tougher. Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) On the Ground Jr. (OTG Jr.) program does just that and was humbled to recently be awarded the MidMichigan Environmental Action Council (MidMEAC) Land Use Pillar Award in 2019. MUCC’s…

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Ultimate Sportshow Grand Rapids

With hints of spring in the air, but Mother Nature still taking her sweet time to warm up, cabin fever can really have a hold on you. However, there is something to do on the west side of the state this weekend that will get you off the couch. The Ultimate Sports Show Grand Rapids…

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OTG: Waterfowl Management at the Maple River State Game Area

Any type of waterfowl in the St. Johns area trying to find a safe place to land, eat and nest, should benefit from the habitat work done by the OTG crew on the Maple River State Game Area (SGA), Saturday morning (February 23rd). This game area is located just north of St. Johns and is…

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