The Great Lakes

The Great Lakes Region is composed of five great lakes(Michigan, Huron, Ontario, Erie, and Superior), one small lake(Lake St.Clare), the St Lawrence seaway, and four connecting channels. Forty million residents of the United States and Canada depend on this system for clean drinking water. According to NOAA ” The Lakes draw $4 billion in recreation…

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NRC passes spring turkey regulations, includes Saturday opener statewide

Written by Ian FitzGerald, Policy Assistant The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) met Thursday at the West Campus of Lansing Community College to discuss spring turkey regulations, fisheries management and public hunting at the Yankee Springs State Recreation Area.  Meetings began at 9 a.m. with a gathering of the Michigan State Parks Advisory Council. Michigan…

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OTG Program Reaches 3,000 Volunteers

Written by MUCC Habitat Volunteer Coordinator, Makhayla LaButte Following an On the Ground (OTG) Jr. event with Morrice Elementary on Wednesday, October 30, the OTG program has reached another volunteer milestone. To date, more than 3,000 volunteers have improved wildlife habitat on public land across the state of Michigan. This milestone comes less than six…

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Cooperative Coordinates CWD Drop Box

By: Morgan Jennings Wildlife cooperatives have placed community engagement high on their priority list. Disease testing, education and awareness has been dominating much of the conversation in Michigan for the last few years. Hunter participation in reaching DNR set testing goals (by county) plays a significant role in understanding the transmission rate of CWD. Many…

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Michigan Water Issues

The Great Lakes are a force to reckon with when it comes to freshwater. According to the United States, Environmental Protection Agency, “The Great Lakes hold 20 percent of the world’s freshwater and 84 percent of the drinkable freshwater in North America.” With this bountiful natural resource at our fingertips comes great responsibility, opportunities, and…

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OTG Jr: Morrice Elementary Volunteers at Rose Lake SGA

Written by MUCC Habitat Volunteer Coordinator, Makhayla LaButte On Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30, two groups containing 53 fifth grade students, teachers and chaperones from Morrice Elementary removed large groves of invasive autumn olive and other woody brush from a portion of the Rose Lake State Game Area. The project site was the…

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Spring Turkeys and Great Lakes Fish up for Action at November NRC Meeting

Written by MUCC Policy Assistant, Ian FitzGerald Spring Turkeys and Great Lakes Fish up for Action at November NRC Meeting The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will meet on Thursday, Nov. 7 at the West Campus of Lansing Community College (5708 Cornerstone Drive Lansing, MI 48917) in room M119-121. If you are unable to attend in…

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Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species

There are quite a few invasive species that call the Great Lakes their home, here are some of the top aquatic ones to look out for next time you are on the water…. Zebra Mussel Zebra Mussels get their name by the black stripe that is on the back of their shells, these mussels can…

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Grand Traverse Academy Volunteers for Wildlife with OTG Jr.

By Makhayla LaButte On Wednesday, October 23, 70 students, teachers and chaperones from the Grand Traverse Academy improved wildlife habitat in the Traverse City State Forest by planting native shrubs in select openings. DNR Wildlife Biologist Steve Griffith began the project by providing students with an introduction to the history and management of the state…

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Happy…Banquet Season!

It is the season of giving and celebrating in many ways. Michigan’s hunting seasons are in full swing, holidays are approaching, families are gathering and harvest has begun. For many people, this is the time of year they look forward to. It is also the time of year that non-profit organizations hold their annual fundraising…

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