Farewell from your Huron Pines AmeriCorps Member

As the old saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.” Today is my final day as the Huron Pines AmeriCorps (HPA) member serving with Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC). I began twenty-two months ago at the end of January, in 2020, and in that time, I’ve learned a great deal about how…

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MUCC welcomes Ashley Carmichael as new camp director

Hi, everyone!  I am the new Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth Camp Director, Ashley Carmichael. I am very excited to continue the camp’s mission of creating stewards and connecting our youth to the outdoors. A southern California native, I spent much of my childhood outside riding horses, hiking local trails and camping with my family. For me,…

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State Game Area Highlight: Petersburg SGA

Located less than twenty minutes from the Ohio border and hardly an hour from the heart of Detroit, the 616-acre Petersburg State Game Area in Monroe County is a favorite location of many outdoor enthusiasts in Southeast Michigan. Known for quality small game and upland game bird hunting opportunities, this state game area is also…

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Reduction in steelhead bag limits, increase in walleye fishing opportunities discussed at November NRC meeting

A proposed amendment reducing the bag limit of steelhead on certain streams received the most attention at Wednesday’s monthly Natural Resources Commission (NRC) meeting. About 50 members of the public and department attended the meeting. Public comment centered around the reduction in steelhead bag limits, an amended fisheries order opening up the Saginaw River to…

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Amendment proposed for year-round walleye fishing on the lower Saginaw River added to November NRC agenda

Natural Resources Commission (NRC) member David Cozad recently proposed an amendment to a fisheries order that would allow walleye fishing on the lower portion of the Saginaw River during the spawning season.  Currently, the Saginaw River is closed to walleye fishing during the spawning season. The amendment can be found here. It amends Fisheries Order…

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Accomplishments report, updated recommendations part of November wolf council meeting

Michigan’s Wolf Management Advisory Council (WMAC) members received an accomplishments report regarding the 2015 Wolf Management Plan before diving into new business at their November meeting. Michigan’s wolf population has recovered to 695 wolves according to the DNR — greater than the original population goal of 200 established by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources…

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‘He wanted to make things better’

By Chris Lamphere MUCC one of three organizations bequeathed $1M by retired educator, lifelong conservationist Dean Barnum The obituary of Dean Barnum is brief and to the point, listing the dry facts of an unassuming man who loved the outdoors, reading books and filling out the New York Times crossword puzzle in ink. As anyone…

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On the Ground: 2021 Year In Review

Despite limitations early in the 2021 field season due to continued COVID-19 restrictions, the On the Ground (OTG) program was still able to improve habitat across the state of Michigan during the 2021 fiscal year (October 2020 through September 2021). While a typical field season includes approximately 20-25 habitat projects, the OTG program hosted 11…

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