Huron Pines AmeriCorps Celebration

Don’t worry I still have seven weeks left of my service term, but the Huron Pines AmeriCorps member celebration was last Friday up in the Upper Manistee Headwaters Preserve.  All 20+ members and their supervisors were in attendance for the celebration.  The purpose of this event was to recognize our service in helping conserve Michigan’s…

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OTW: 16th Annual Charlotte River Conservation Day

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The small town of Charlotte is located in the Battle Creek Watershed, this watershed covers 196,750 acres/307 square miles in northern Calhoun, southeastern Barry, and southern Eaton counties. Land use consists primarily of agriculture followed with forestland, wetland, and urban/rural/non-farm. Since the main land use is agriculture non-point source population is the main concern in…

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First MUCC Conservation Policy Board since Annual Convention met this weekend

Conservationists from across the state convened for the September MUCC Conservation Policy Board meeting held in Cadillac last weekend.  Resolutions that were given the thumbs up to be discussed at the MUCC Annual Convention included supporting the Freedom of Information Act when it does not impede with fair chase and encouraging non-lead alternatives to ammunition…

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MUCC names Kirk Riley deputy director

Riley takes over as operations, fiscal manager for nation’s largest state-specific conservation organization. Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) named Kirk Riley its new deputy director Sept. 23 following a nine-month, countrywide search. Riley’s role will include operations management, budget and donor development, fundraising, staff oversight, executive board recruitment and succession planning for MUCC. Prior to…

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Calling all future conservation leaders!

My service term is almost up with Huron Pines AmeriCorps (HPA) and its time to start recruiting for another member to experience what this program can offer them. If you want to be involved in the conservation career field but don’t know where to start, try looking into this opportunity. Here are a few highlights…

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OTG: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Now that the summer field season for OTG has concluded, it is time to look back and reflect on the completed 2019 season and begin developing goals and projects for the upcoming 2020 season. However, as I was entering the data into the program, it became clear that our OTG program had a much bigger…

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In the Field: Catching up with MWC

The last couple of weeks have been filled with events and outreach for the Michigan Wildlife Cooperatives Program (MWC). I have covered the state with different partners and had the privilege to talk with hundreds of kids and adults. These busy weeks have proven to me (again) how diverse my role is and how much…

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Stewardship Day at Shiawassee River State Game Area

On Saturday, September 21 On the Water(OTW) which is funded by Consumers Energy Foundation teamed up with MI Birds and the DNR to host a Stewardship Day at Shiawassee River State Game Area. The objective of this event was to clean up trash in and along the Bad River which is a sub-watershed of the…

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September NRC meeting in Marquette covers a variety of fisheries orders

The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) met at the Northern Michigan University campus in Marquette last week, covering a variety of topics such as opening hunting on Watkins Lake State Park and modifications to spawning closure dates. The day started at 10:30 a.m. with a report on Arctic Grayling from Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)…

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Checking in on our AmeriCorps Member

Only 38 days left of my service term with Huron Pines AmeriCorps as MUCC’s Engagement Specialist. MUCC never fails to keep me involved, as I have been to six events over the last 14 days. I was as far north as Gratiot/Saginaw county to the Ohio border at Lake Hudson. Here is a recap of…

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