MUCC Applauds USFWS Rejection of HSUS Wolf Petition

LANSING—Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) praised the decision by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to reject a petition seeking to list gray wolves in the United States as “threatened,” under the Endangered Species Act. The USFWS announced its findings yesterday. “This decision by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists confirms that wolves…

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The Opener: Fish Farming Coming to A Great Lake Near You?

Fish farming, or more properly, aquaculture is defined as “the rearing of aquatic animals or the cultivation of aquatic plants for food”. With the growing demand of high quality protein for the growing world populations and 20 percent of the world’s fresh water, the Great Lakes looks very enticing for aquaculture industries. On one hand,…

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MUCC Adopts New Conservation Policies at Annual Convention

At its Annual Convention at Treetops Resort in Gaylord June 20-21, Michigan United Conservation Clubs adopted a suite of new conservation policies proposed and voted in by its members, including support for increasing poaching penalties for multiple species and limiting the 150-yard hunting safety zone to firearm hunting, for which it was designed. Here is…

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AQUACULTURE SCIENCE ADVISORY PANEL MEETING

The Science Advisory Panel on net-pen aquaculture will be meeting to hear the public’s comments tomorrow, June 25th. This panel is composed of scientists that were selected by agriculture, natural resources, and environment leaders. Parties interested in attending are encouraged to bring forth any information that they believe will be beneficial to the panel. Representatives…

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MUCC Members Restructure Organization to Increase Engagement and Future Sustainability

At the 2015 Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) Annual Convention, delegates approved a major restructuring of the Board of Directors, organizational structure, and the governing bylaws for the 78-year old organization. These changes will preserve the opportunity for continued involvement with MUCC members as well as protect the “grassroots” nature of conservation policy adoption and…

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Conservation Awards: DNR Wildlife Division, 2015 Conservation Organization of the Year

A conservation organization is a group of people who promote and take action for the wise use of ou natural resources. While often we think of private nonprofit organizations, there is another one which year in and year out does more on-the-ground work for the game we hunt than any other in Michigan: the Wildlife…

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Conservation Awards: Bill Parker, 2015 Ben East Communicator of the Year

For the next week, we will be posting profiles of the dedicated conservationists who were honored at our 2015 MUCC Conservation Awards Luncheon on Saturday during our Annual Convention.  Dressed in jeans, maybe a khaki shirt, and a Michigan Outdoor News ballcap, editor Bill Parker is a familiar sight at Natural Resources Commission meetings, Outdoorama…

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Michigan OutofDoors Magazine: It’s About the Deer

This column originally appears in the July/August 2015 issue of Michigan OutofDoors Magazine. To subscribe to Michigan OutofDoors Magazine, click here.  When the news broke on May 26 that a wild Michigan deer had tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), I noticed two general reactions from hunters. The reaction from the vast majority of…

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Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Found in Michigan

  LANSING—Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials announced today that they have found Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a Meridian Township deer. The fatal neurological disease is transmitted among cervids (like deer and elk) through saliva and other fluids in deer and causes them to become emaciated and display odd behavior before succumbing to…

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Wildlife Wednesday: Michigan Programs Work Toward National Goals

Reading Outdoor Life’s account of the fifteen resolutions for the new National Deer Alliance to come out of last week’s North American Deer Summit in Louisville, it’s encouraging to see that hunters and hunting advocates in Michigan are already working on some of them. Click here to read the full list of National Deer Alliance…

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The Opener: Fishing for Plastic

There has been a recent increase in awareness of a potentially detrimental ecological problem caused by products that many people use every day. The problem is microbeads, and scientists are becoming worried about their adverse effects on fisheries and wildlife, ecosystems, and the environment. Although there has recently been greater awareness of this problem, Michigan…

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DNR Creates State Game Area Blue Ribbon Panel

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced the formation of a Blue Ribbon Advisory Group to independently review state game areas. DNR Director Keith Creagh made the announcement at Thursday’s meeting of the Natural Resources Commission in Lansing. State game areas are important public land areas owned by the state of Michigan, providing residents…

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NRC Won’t Close U.P. Deer Season

At the Natural Resources Committee meeting yesterday, the NRC’s Wildlife Committee took the option of closing the Upper Peninsula deer season off the table. The option had been one of six brought forward – but not recommended – by the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division to help the U.P. deer herd recover. At the…

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