For more than 75 years, Michigan United Conservation Clubs has been the watchdog for Michigan’s natural resources and our outdoor heritage.
Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) is the largest state-specific conservation organization in the country. Its mission is to conserve, protect and enhance Michigan’s natural resources and outdoor heritage. Since our founding in 1937 to protect conservation from politics, we have defended the right to hunt, fish and trap in Michigan.
MUCC is a grassroots organization, which means that our policies are decided by our members, which include over 40,000 hunters, anglers, trappers and conservationists, and over 250 local and statewide sportsmen’s clubs and conservation associations.
Our programs implement the policies adopted by our membership. Our policy team works with state and federal government to implement policies requiring changes in law or regulation. Our education program teaches youth about conservation through Tracks Magazine, distributed in many local school districts, and through the Michigan OutofDoors Youth Camp in Chelsea, Michigan. Multiple generations have grown up reading Michigan OutofDoors Magazine, which we’ve published since 1947. Our award-winning On the Ground program enhances fish and wildlife habitat through hands-on volunteer projects. Our online marketing team makes sure that our message reaches every corner of the state through the latest technology. And our all-volunteer Board of Directors and the clubs and individual members they represent have been our heart and soul since our founding in 1937.
We have had some tremendous successes over the years, from protecting the bipartisan Conservation Commission from political intrusion in 1937, to passing the Bottle Bill and helping to establish the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund in 1976, to protecting scientific wildlife management from extremist anti-hunters with Proposal G in 1996, to establishing the Conservation Coalition in 2007, to protecting our rights to hunt, fish and trap today as part of Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management.
Through it all, our strength continues to be our members, our leadership, and our commitment to conservation as the wise use of natural resources, managing those resources with sound science, and protecting our outdoor heritage.