October NRC Preview: Fisheries orders still on deck, department to present on FY 22 budget, sandhill cranes

October NRC Preview: Fisheries orders still on deck, department to present on FY 22 budget, sandhill cranes The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) is expected to take action on a number of remaining fisheries orders that have received several proposed amendments from commissioners. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be providing presentations to the commission…

Read More

Al Stewart, The Abrams Foundation, Dowagiac Conservation Club among those recognized at 2021 MUCC Awards Banquet

Conservationists going above and beyond the call of duty were recognized Saturday evening at Michigan United Conservation Clubs 2021 Awards Banquet. As part of the MUCC Annual Convention, conservation professionals from throughout the state were acknowledged for their selfless service, countless contributions and unwavering enhancement of Michigan’s natural resources. In total, eight awards were given…

Read More

MUCC signs on to bipartisan resolution opposing nuclear storage site near the Great Lakes

Per member-passed policy, MUCC recently signed onto a bipartisan resolution introduced by Congressman Dan Kildee that opposes the proposed 50,000 tons of nuclear waste storage near the Great Lakes basin. The MUCC resolution, which passed in 2015, requires that “MUCC adopts the position to ban long-term disposal and deep geological repository (DGR’s) of ALL grades…

Read More

MUCC’s youth-focused magazine inducted into Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame

Photo: MUCC Executive Director Amy Trotter and MUCC Education Director and TRACKS Editor Shaun McKeon accepted the 2021 Environmental Projects award on behalf of MUCC. TRACKS Magazine was awarded the 2021 Environmental Projects Award by the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame on Tuesday night. Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) has published TRACKS Magazine since 1977,…

Read More

Wolf council holds first meeting; former large-carnivore specialist shakes things up

*Image provided courtesy of the U.P. Ruffed Grouse Association The new Wolf Management Advisory Council (WMAC) met for the first time Wednesday to determine agenda format, logistics and public comment guidelines for the council moving forward. In January, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), through the Department of the Interior, delisted the gray…

Read More

Clean-up Event on Sugar Island

A habitat clean-up event on Sugar Island netted more than 4,000 pounds of trash from two dumpsites on July 17. The event, sponsored by Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) On the Water (OTW) program in partnership with the Bay Mills Indian Community, required a ferry ride across the St. Mary’s River near Sault Ste. Marie…

Read More

AG Nessel: Wolves should be placed back on the endangered species list

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel submitted a brief to a California court Monday asking that wolves be placed back on the endangered species list. The brief is part of an ongoing legal case against the delisting and contradicts the administration’s stance as presented by public and written comments from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).…

Read More

Lethal cormorant control permits approved for Michigan, helps set management strategy

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is moving forward with lethal cormorant control following a federal ruling. Double-crested cormorant populations were impacted heavily in the mid-1900s by pesticides like DDT. Federal protections followed and helped populations increase substantially. From 1985 to 2005, cormorant nest counts increased from near zero to about 60,000.  From 2004…

Read More

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…

Read More