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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Jon Bumstead : Legislative Conservationist of the Year Award

Michigan conservationists have had a powerful ally in the Michigan House of Representatives.  First elected in November of 2010, Jon Bumstead has been a force for conservation, hunting, fishing, and trapping throughout his time serving in the legislature.  As Chair of the House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Natural Resources, Jon has been instrumental in ensuring full…

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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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Wildlife Wednesday: Event for Elk Habitat Success

This past weekend held great things for MUCC’s On the Ground program as we hosted a big event in the Pigeon River Country State Forest, kicking off the Annual Convention at Treetops Resort of Gaylord. An incredible turnout of 45 volunteers dedicated their Friday to restore a wildlife opening for elk by cutting out encroaching timber, stacking…

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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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Camo at the Capitol: Michigan’s Colorado Model Moving Along

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: Suburbanites with zero knowledge of wildlife biology vote to restrict biologically-supported hunting rights based on misleading ads from radical anti-hunting groups. Don’t get me wrong: you can’t really blame the voters themselves. Without any background in wildlife or the natural world, how could they know any better?…

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Wildlife Wednesday: The Big Wild

On the Ground united with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) in “The Big Wild” this weekend to plant ~1,000 tree seedlings of various species such as white oak, red oak, nine-bark, and serviceberry. Under the sun for eight hours on a Saturday, eighteen volunteers dedicated their day to improving wildlife habitat in the Pigeon…

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In the Field: Forestry Management for Deer

By Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC This weekend I had the privilege to promote cooperatives at the Cadillac Area QDMA Branch Habitat Day. Rick Lucas (a forester with the Conservation District) and Nick Percy (Killer Food Plots LLC) shared their knowledge about habitat management. In this blog I will highlight my observations from Rick’s…

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