Category Archives: Natural Resources

Wolf poaching Facebook hoax

Screenshot of the infamous photo.

Screenshot of the infamous photo.

A Facebook post prompted the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to be inundated with reports of wolf poaching in Clare county.

Officials with the DNR said the picture circulating on Facebook of a man holding a wolf he shot was, in fact, not taken in Michigan. Continue reading

Alma College hosting webinar on global and rural-Michigan sustainability


On November 12, Alma College is hosting a webinar on global and rural sustainability.

The webinar will include a panel and interactive discussion about worldwide and rural-Michigan sustainability. Continue reading

Waters of the United States rule faces copious amounts of scrutiny

Logo of the EPA

Logo of the EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency’s recent Waters of the United States rule, or WOTUS, is facing heavy scrutiny from around the country.

WOTUS is intended to clarify which water bodies are protected by the Clean Water Act. Instead it’s prompted a heated debate.
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U.S Forest Service passes some logging responsibilities to MDNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has agreed to pick up some forest management responsibilities from the federal government.

The agreement will give the DNR logging rights in three Michigan national forests.
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Asian carp closer to Great Lakes than ever

Silver Carp drawing courtesy of the DNR

Silver Carp drawing courtesy of the DNR

Asian carp were found within 80 miles of the Great Lakes, roughly 60 miles closer than they were at the beginning of this year.

Two juvenile Silver Carp, a type of Asian carp, were found in the Illinois River. The fish have been steadily making their way north over the last several years. Continue reading

Midland will be crawling with rock collectors over Halloween weekend


Rock collectors and geologists from around the state are coming to Midland Halloween weekend — and not necessarily in costume. They’re here for some serious rock business.

The 21st annual rock show in Midland will feature gems, rocks, and minerals for every rock-hound. Continue reading

Americorp: the domestic Peace Corps

Americorp Logo

Americorp Logo

Imagine a group like the Peace Corps that, instead of focusing on international issues, puts its effort into domestic problems.
For example, instead of providing clean water for third world countries, they clean wells for low-income rural homes in Michigan.
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Vernal Pools: the overlooked ecosystem

Epperly at Little Traverse Conservancy

Epperly at Offield Nature Preserve

The State of Michigan is attempting to register the location of every natural feature within its borders.

One recent college grad is working to identify a lesser known type of ecosystem that is often overlooked due to its temporary nature.
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Northern Michigan fish hatchery under inspection from OSHA

Pendills Creek Fishery in Brimley recently underwent an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection for the first time.

The inspection dug up 11 serious violations that needed to be addressed.
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Coast Guard working to halt leak from shipwreck in Lake Erie

The U.S Coast Guard has set up a perimeter around a shipwreck that is leaking fuel into Lake Erie.

It’s believed to be the biggest environmental threat posed by a shipwreck to the Great Lakes.

The Coast Guard said the Argo was carrying 100,000 gallons of crude oil, and another lighter fuel, when it went down in 1937. Continue reading

Michigan DEQ admits to mistakes handling Flint water crisis

mdeqThe Department of Environmental Quality has released a statement admitting they made a mistake in handling the recent Flint water crisis.

DEQ representatives said they mishandled the testing of Flint’s drinking water. They were holding the city to guidelines meant for a town with half of Flint’s population. Continue reading

Traverse City residents to vote on wetland conservation

A few years ago Traverse City damaged wetlands in the process of building a new road.

In order to reconcile this, the State of Michigan has ordered the city to dedicate a certain amount of land to wetland conservation, in perpetuity.
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Saginaw Bay fishery regulations changing

Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch

Walleye bag limits in Saginaw Bay are being raised from 5-8. Yellow Perch limits are being cut in half to twenty-five. Continue reading

18 Michigan organizations awarded 2016 wildlife habitat grant

Organizations who are awarded the Wildlife Habitat Grant will help care for hunting trails as well as conserve habitat for game species.

Organizations who are awarded the Wildlife Habitat Grant will help care for hunting trails as well as conserve habitat for game species.

Areas of rural Michigan will see improvements to hunting trails and game species conservation among other efforts, thanks to a recent grant awarded to more than 18 organizations. Continue reading

Lake Michigan is the leading topic at Grand Traverse County conference


A conference in Grand Traverse County will highlight Lake Michigan.

The Department of Environmental Quality is hosting more than 300 experts in the fields of climate change, invasive species and beach management. Continue reading

DNR releases forecast for firearm deer season

2011 Deer Camp, Menominee County, Michigan.

2011 Deer Camp, Menominee County, Michigan.

The Department of Natural Resources is releasing its forecast for the upcoming firearm deer season.

With just over a month until the orange army converges on central and northern Michigan, the forecast for the deer harvest this year is showing a mixed bag. Continue reading

Baby squirrels in Saint Helen are getting some much needed attention, in the form of donated acorns

Photo courtesy of the ARK

Photo courtesy of the ARK

Squirrel’s need TLC too — and one animal rehabilitation center in northern Michigan is collecting acorns to feed them.

The Association to Rescue Kritters, or ARK, in Saint Helen saves all kinds of animals. Continue reading

Sea Lamprey levels at their lowest in decades

sea_lamprey_770-760x430Efforts by the Great Lakes Commission have brought invasive sea lamprey populations to their lowest levels in decades.
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The DEQ grants quarter million dollars for ‘Trail Towns’

The state granted more than a quarter-million dollars for improving coastal trails and nearby towns across the state.

Grand Traverse County received the single largest grant, just under $100,000.

The rest of the money was parceled out to the Clinton River Watershed Council, and three other environmental groups farther south.
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Tittabawassee River cleanup continues to keep community content

RiverLast nights Saginaw Community Action Group meeting with the EPA went well according to Dave Sommers, the President of the group. Community members gave their recommendations for cleanup of the next segment of the Tittabawassee River.

In short, they encouraged the EPA to keep doing what it’s doing.
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Oil spill simulation under the Straits

Straits of Mackinac.  Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will simulate a spill on Enbridge’s oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac this Thursday (9/24).
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100-Megawatt wind farm coming to Huron County


Powering homes may soon become more environmentally-friendly in Huron County — a new wind farm is expected to be constructed in the thumb community.

The Apple Blossom wind farm will generate 100-megawatts of energy. That’s enough to power 20,000 homes. Continue reading