Category Archives: Natural Resources

A new community improvement project is “Taking Root in Saginaw”

Photograph by Arielle Breen

Photograph by Arielle Breen


Mid Michigan has a new project in the works that aims to improve the quality of life in the region.

The Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy was awarded $28,500 in grant money for a project they call “Taking Root in Saginaw”. Read more

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Volunteers are yanking invasive Garlic Mustard plants

Garlic and mustard may sound good as summer fixings, but the garlic mustard plant is an invasive species that’s begun to crowd out native plants.

The National Park Service says Europeans probably brought garlic mustard to the US in the 1800’s. Read more

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Teens planning backpacking journey to Pictured Rocks


It’s typical for teens to tote their backpacks around during the school-year. But a new weeklong backpacking camp has them taking their bags to more scenic places this summer.
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The DNR is seeking feedback on plans to loosen fishing restrictions


Water is one way Michiganders differentiate themselves from other states, and fishing goes right along with the territory. The DNR is now seeking feedback on plans to loosen bass fishing restrictions. Read more

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DNR releases a video to identify a new invasive species of fish

For fishing aficionados it’s important to be able to distinguish between the different species of fish.

Now the DNR has put a tutorial online to help people distinguish between a native species of fish and a new invasive species that may find it’s way to the Great Lakes. Read more

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DNR awards grants for deer habitats

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More than $50,000 has been split among 12 private landowners in northern lower Michigan to improve wildlife habitat.
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Officials looking into Michigan Pipelines

After this long holiday weekend, come Monday, State officials will be ready to hit the ground running looking into pipelines in Michigan.
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Brown Bridge Dam failure report released

Sandy beaches may be what dreamy travel magazines are made of, but sand was the downfall of a Traverse City Dam removal that failed nearly two years ago.

The state has released a report detailing the investigation of the Brown Bridge Dam. It says internal erosion of a temporary dewatering structure was the most likely cause. That erosion, the report said was the result of unstable subsurface soil. Read more

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Report: Michigan beaches less likely to exceed bacteria standards

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Michigan beaches close less frequently due to high bacteria levels in the water than beaches in neighboring Great Lakes states, according to a recent report.
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DNR seeks input for Traverse area shooting range

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Traverse city locals say they’ve had enough of the noise and litter from a local shooting area. So the DNR is taking public input this week as they look for a new location for an official shooting range in the Traverse City area.
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