DNR awards construction contract for new Lake Huron fisheries research vessel

DNR Press Release The Department of Natural Resources has announced that the construction of its new Lake Huron fisheries research vessel, the Research Vessel (R/V) Tanner, has started with the award of a contract to Andersen Boat Works of Saugatuck, Michigan. “The R/V Tanner will replace the aging R/V Chinook, which has been operating on…

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Michigan Records Safest Hunting Season in 2014

From: Michigan DNR Contact: Sgt. Tom Wanless, 517-284-6026 or Ed Golder, 517-284-5815 For the first time, Michigan recorded no fatalities during all hunting seasons in 2014, according to reports compiled by the Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division. Ten incidents involving injuries were recorded in the state – nine in the Lower Peninsula and one in the…

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WildLife Wednesday: Spartans vs. Wolverines

Did any of you catch the game last night? As a Michigan State grad, I’m pretty happy that we won. But through our On the Ground (OTG) program this year, when Spartan and Wolverine fans compete, wildlife will win. Since we started the On the Ground (OTG) program, we thought it was important that volunteers…

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Camo at the Capitol: Snyder Budget, the DNR and You

by Matt Evans, MUCC Legislative Manager Wednesday saw Governor Snyder unveil his 2016 budget for the State of Michigan in front of a Joint House & Senate Appropriations Committee. The $54 Billion budget calls for priority investments in K-12 schools, higher education, skilled trades training, public safety, and road funding. At the same time he…

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WildLife Wednesday: Wolves, Elk, Deer and Bear, Oh MI

This past weekend, MUCC held its regional meetings for the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula, or pretty much everything “knuckles north.” This is where clubs and individual members present their ideas for MUCC’s policy on hunting, fishing, trapping and conservation issues. By the end of the weekend, there were five resolutions going to…

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Huron-Manistee Could Close Roads Unless You Get Involved by 2/15

Huron-Manistee National Forest manages more than 3,000 miles of roads. While many forest roads provide land management- and user-related benefits, some may also pose risks to forest resources. Increased use of an aging roads infrastructure increases safety and maintenance costs, impacts wildlife, and contributes to degradation of water quality. Over the past several years, even as…

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Coyotes on the Move in Michigan’s Thumb Region

by Lia Biondo, Policy Intern The coyotes of Lapeer County have earned recent notoriety among southeast Michigan locals. Last week, they were accused of taking down a horse from the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Mounted Division. A few days later, another coyote-horse attack was reported. Though neither attack was able to be confirmed by DNR officials,…

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WildLife Wednesday: Anti-Hunters Detached from Reality

This past Sunday, you probably saw the Budweiser Super Bowl ad where four Clydesdales come to the rescue of a lost puppy by scaring away a wolf that looked like it might eat it. For the vast majority of well-adjusted Americans, this ad represented the friendship between a cute puppy and the horses. But for anti-hunters,…

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WildLife Wednesday: Conservation in Northern Michigan

Conservation is an important concept. It is the most important concept at Michigan United Conservation Clubs. It has different meanings to different people, but its most basic meaning is the wise use of natural resources (which is also how we defined it in the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, which will take effect in…

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DNR Alert: Graymont Proposals and DNR Recommendation

Graymont proposals and DNR recommendation to be discussed at Jan. 28 public meeting in Newberry Contact: Kerry Wieber, 517-643-1256, or Ed Golder, 517-284-5815 Agency: Natural ResourcesThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that it will host a public meeting Wednesday, Jan. 28, to discuss the pending proposals from Graymont, Inc. for a land transaction…

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