On the Ground: 2020 Year in Review

Despite limitations early in the field season due to COVID-19, the On the Ground (OTG) program was still able to improve habitat across the state of Michigan during the 2020 fiscal year (October 2019 through September 2020). While a typical field season usually includes 20-25 habitat projects, the OTG program hosted eight in 2020. Volunteers…

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On the Ground: Final Event of the Season in Kalkaska this Saturday

This Saturday, Oct. 24 finds the On The Ground (OTG) program at the final event of the calendar year. Join MUCC’s OTG program as we plant native trees in Kalkaska near Johnson Lake this Saturday. Volunteers are needed to help plant, mulch and fence 90 mature soft mast-producing trees to enhance habitat for wildlife. These…

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MUCC Celebrates Passage of the ACE Act in Congress

In a win for the conservation community, the House of Representatives voted to approve the American Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act (S. 3051) on Thursday under a suspension of the House rules.  The ACE Act passed through the Senate earlier this year on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis (unanimous consent) and includes provisions to combat Chronic Wasting…

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Explore the Outdoors with the 2020 Michigan Trails Week Challenge

Do you enjoy exploring Michigan’s great outdoors? If so, take part in the 2020 Michigan Trails Week Challenge that runs from Sunday, Sept. 20- Sunday, Sept. 27. This fun challenge is open to those who enjoy the outdoors in a variety of ways, and participants can get involved by running, hiking, biking or paddling Michigan’s…

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Plant Trees with the OTG Program this October

After event postponements and cancellations due to COVID-19 throughout the spring and summer field seasons, the On the Ground (OTG) program is happy to be getting back out into the field to improve wildlife habitat on public land. We have been contacted by diverse conservation groups regarding partnerships to plant trees this fall, and we…

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On the Ground: Impact Across Michigan

The On the Ground (OTG) program has recently completed a thorough program analysis and has been able to organize new data regarding the program’s impact and reach. When we host an OTG wildlife habitat improvement event, we record the location of the event and what Michigan county it is located in. It has long been…

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Great American Outdoors Act Becomes Law

The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) became law today when the president signed this historic conservation legislation. This landmark bill will protect public lands and expand recreational opportunities for decades to come.  GAOA will permanently dedicate full funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and establish the National Parks and Public Land Legacy…

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Volunteer with the DNR: 100-in-100 Clean-Up Challenge

Despite volunteer event cancellations with wildlife habitat improvement programs like On the Ground during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still ways to do good for your public lands through individual volunteer efforts. One such volunteer opportunity is hosted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resouces (DNR) Adopt-a-Forest program and is focused on the illegal dumpsite…

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Great American Outdoors Act Passes Congress!

The Great American Outdoors Act (S. 3422/H.R.7092 & H.R.1957) passed out of the House of Representatives by a margin of 310-107 on Wednesday. We are now one important step closer to full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addressing the deferred maintenance backlog on federal public lands.  The LWCF has only…

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