Upcoming River Clean-up Opportunities

Michigan United Conservation Clubs’ field programs are committed to improving habitat and creating memorable stewardship experiences for volunteers. On the calendar are two upcoming volunteer river clean-up events that aim to improve the aquatic habitat of two noteworthy Michigan rivers.  Manistee River Clean-up  The Manistee River is one of Michigan’s Wild and Scenic Rivers and…

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July NRC: DNR to present preliminary deer harvest survey results, consider land transactions and swimming closures

The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will hear information about 2020 deer harvests and land transactions at their upcoming July meeting. On July 15, the NRC will hold its first in-person meeting since early 2020 at the Okemos Conference Center. There will not be a hybrid meeting option that allows for remote public comment, but MUCC…

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An Introduction to Trail Building

Once you’ve done a day of trail maintenance, you’ll never look at trails the same way.   This was one of the many lessons imparted on me when I went to participate in a sustainable trail building design training with the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy(GTRLC). The training was for members of the Huron Pines AmeriCorps(HPA)…

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DNR Proposing Land Transactions, Dispositions at July NRC Meeting in Accordance with the State’s Managed Public Land Strategy

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proposing several land dispositions for Alpena, Berrien, Branch, Cass, Charlevoix, Chippewa, Dickinson, Gogebic, Leelanau, and St. Joseph counties. These transactions will likely be acted upon by DNR Director Eichinger at the July 15 Natural Resources Commission (NRC).  According to PA 240 of 2013, the DNR is required to…

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New bill would require hunters and anglers to pay for public education on protecting species “adversely affected by human activity”

House Bill 5078 sponsored by Representative Abraham Aiyash (D-Hamtramck) would remove the nine-seat limit on the Michigan Wildlife Council and add requirements for an appointment to be made to two individuals who promote primarily non-consumptive wildlife use as well as a tribal representative and an individual with an advanced degree.  What is more concerning, however,…

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MUCC’s Protect Sportfishing Sweepstakes

Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) is excited to announce a brand new sweepstake. Those who choose to enter will have the chance to win a Lake Michigan charter fishing trip out of Leland or Traverse City with Captain Tony Radjenovich. Funds raised during this sweepstake will be utilized to continue protecting Michigan’s sport fishery as…

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MUCC recognized as 2021 National Conservation Affiliate of the Year by NWF

Coalition building brings together the hippies, hunters and hikers to vote yes on Proposal One of 2020 Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) was awarded the National Conservation Affiliate of the Year Award at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Wildlife Unite Conference June 12. Since MUCC’s founding, the organization has been the Michigan statewide affiliate of…

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A Great Day with Snakes

There are few feelings quite exhilarating as seeing a rare and threatened wildlife species in the wild. Your adrenaline kicks into high gear, everything else seems to stop and you are completely transfixed by its movements. I can attest this is what happened the first time I saw an Eastern massasauga rattlesnake.  I was fortunate…

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MUCC Executive Director testifies in front of NRC

The following comments were provided by Michigan United Conservation Clubs Executive Director Amy Trotter at the June Natural Resources Commission meeting. Oral testimony was edited to fit within the time limits of public testimony. MUCC’s membership has remained steadfast in its commitment to the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, advocating for science-based decision making…

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