$25k DNR donation memorializes selfless mother, wife, community advocate

“Rooster,” Jimmy Beachum yelled as his English pointer, Mickey, stood through the flush. Toddler Alex Beachum covered his ears as shots rang out. Riding in a backpack his mom, Kristine “Kris” Beachum, had fabricated for him so his dad could take him hunting, Alex was never far from dad’s hunting adventures. Moving from bustling Plymouth…

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Sandhill cranes, steelhead bag limits discussed at October NRC meeting

The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) met Thursday and passed several fisheries orders. An agenda from the meeting with links to all items can be found here. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Deputy Director Shannon Lott’s report to the NRC included a presentation on the FY 22 budget, an overview of the new business fisheries orders,…

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October NRC Preview: Fisheries orders still on deck, department to present on FY 22 budget, sandhill cranes

October NRC Preview: Fisheries orders still on deck, department to present on FY 22 budget, sandhill cranes The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) is expected to take action on a number of remaining fisheries orders that have received several proposed amendments from commissioners. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be providing presentations to the commission…

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Senator Stabenow supports bipartisan bill to help wildlife, prevent extinctions nationwide

Sen. Debbie Stabenow has signed onto a bipartisan wildlife conservation bill, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, that would dedicate $1.4 billion annually to locally-led efforts to help at-risk wildlife species nationwide. “We’re facing a looming wildlife crisis, and this is the most important piece of federal wildlife legislation in the past 50 years,” said MUCC…

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Designating feral cats as invasive, selling leftover spring turkey tags among resolutions passed at MUCC Annual Convention

Conservationists turn out to debate, pass policy and recognize conservation leaders Conservationists convened in Gaylord over the weekend to debate policy resolutions and recognize leaders among them at Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) Annual Convention. About 100 voting delegates from conservation clubs throughout the state and unaffiliated individual members of MUCC presented, debated and passed…

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MUCC signs on to bipartisan resolution opposing nuclear storage site near the Great Lakes

Per member-passed policy, MUCC recently signed onto a bipartisan resolution introduced by Congressman Dan Kildee that opposes the proposed 50,000 tons of nuclear waste storage near the Great Lakes basin. The MUCC resolution, which passed in 2015, requires that “MUCC adopts the position to ban long-term disposal and deep geological repository (DGR’s) of ALL grades…

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September NRC Meeting: Commissioners pass a handful of fisheries, propose amendments to others for Oct. meeting

The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) met last Thursday and passed four fisheries orders while tabling several other orders and requesting amendment drafts from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The fisheries orders that were passed by the commission (with no amendments or changes made) include the following: FO 248.22 – Possession limits for fish…

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September NRC: Fisheries regulations, loss of commissioner

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to commissioner Michael Lashbrook after his passing this weekend. Although MUCC was not able to work with NRC Commissioner Lashbrook long, his tenacity and willingness to dig into the issues affecting all of us as hunters and anglers will be missed. May there be brown…

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DNR presents survey information at September wolf council meeting

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) responded to claims from a former employee that it undercounted wolves at the September Wolf Management Advisory Council (WMAC) meeting. WMAC members heard wildlife biologist Brian Roell, a 25-year veteran of the DNR, detail how the minimum wolf population survey is estimated, what internal and external validation processes the…

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