Does Camp Grayling lease expansion fall within the DNR’s mission?

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Expansion proposal leaves questions unanswered The DNR’s public meeting regarding the proposed lease expansion of Camp Grayling Wednesday left attendees with more questions than answers. The National Guard wants to expand the base’s current lease of 147,000 acres to 309,000 acres — more than doubling its current footprint. In order for the guard to do…

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‘Evolving military training methods’ cited for possible 162,000-acre lease expansion on state lands

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced an extension of the public comment deadline surrounding the 162,000-acre Camp Grayling lease expansion on Michigan public lands. A public meeting will be held tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Kirtland Community College (4800 W. 4 Mile Road, Grayling). Members of the public are welcome to attend and…

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MUCC Call to Action! Critical Federal CWD Legislation Pending

Tell Senator Stabenow that CWD research and management is a priority for her constituents! On April 28, Sens. John Hoeven (R-ND) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced legislation to provide federal aid to states for CWD research and management. This legislation, S.4111, is nearly identical to HR 5608 which passed out of the House of Representatives…

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Native Plant Gardens

Last Saturday MUCC’s OTG program planted 275 shrubs and trees at Potterville SGA. Currently, the area is being managed for wetlands. American hazelnut, buttonbush, highbush cranberry and two dogwood varieties were planted across 8 acres in the SGA. Besides bringing the area closer to its goal, the species planted are utilized by wildlife. Not only…

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Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth Camp is Hiring

Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth Camp is returning to overnight programming in 2022 and will be hosting campers at the Cedar Lake Outdoor Center. Our camp is a unique experience creating opportunities that have life-changing impacts on the next generation of conservationists. In addition to outdoor technical skills like hunting and fishing, campers learn teamwork, resiliency, problem-solving,…

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The Great Grasslands of Michigan

Grasslands provide many amazing ecological functions. A wide range of different grassland community types is found across Michigan. Sadly, due to a misguided viewpoint from the 60s, fires as a management tool have been suppressed across the region. This lack of fire has allowed trees and woody vegetation to take over many grasslands. Common culprits…

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Michigan Turkey Hunting History

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Fifty birds. That’s what can be thanked for Michigan’s robust and liberal turkey seasons, our world-class turkey habitat and the opportunity to pursue turkey in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. Fifty birds. That’s what can be thanked for rallying conservation organizations, stakeholders, agencies and enthusiasts alike around arguably one of America’s most loved and hunted…

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Summer Berry Foraging

Spring and summer give way to the sweet splendors of berries. Besides the popular blueberries and strawberries, Michigan is also home to juniper berries, bramble berries, elderberries, juneberries and staghorn sumac berries. Each is well worth the effort and summer berry foraging can be done on state land. Although it may not seem like it…

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Mushroom Foraging in Michigan

Michigan is full of amazing wildlife and there are many ways to enjoy the space around you. A great activity that allows you to explore the wild areas of Michigan is mushroom foraging. Mushroom foraging can be tricky and certainly makes you appreciate the complexity of nature. But with a good identification book and possibly…

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MUCC letter to Gov. Whitmer underscores bobcat hunting, trapping expansions

This letter was sent to Governor Gretchen Whitmer in response to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission unanimously approving Wildlife Conservation Order Amendment 1 of 2022. Dear Governor Whitmer, On March 10, 2022, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission unanimously voted to expand bobcat hunting and trapping opportunities in Michigan. The order was drafted and supported by…

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