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Wildlife enthusiasts, landowners and hunters may see more wildlife in the coming year thanks to habitat funding.
DNR officials announced this month that one million dollars in grant money has been awarded to Michigan individuals and organizations.
Northern Michigan agriculture is receiving a boost through new grant money, as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill.
The USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program will provide nearly $2 million to support 30 Michigan specialty crop projects throughout the state. Read more
Central Michigan University’s Institute for Great Lakes Research, or IGLR, has recently received $274,157 to enhance its research of coastal wetlands.
The funding comes by grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin Sea Grant.
Dr. Don Uzarski, Director of the IGLR, says this research is crucial to the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem.
“Imagine a coastal wetland just along the shoreline of one of the Great Lakes. That coastal wetland is somewhere between a truly aquatic system and something upland. It’s essentially the last line of defence of anything coming off the landscape has to go through that coastal wetland, and that coastal wetland has the function of removing that material before it makes it into the great lakes.”
Uzarski says over time, the U.S. has lost half of its native wetlands.
In certain areas, like the Saginaw Bay region, up to 95 percent of the coastal wetlands have been repurposed or severely impacted by invasive species.
The newly announced funding comes on top of a five-year $10-million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency that IGLR researchers are already receiving.
MBS International Airport has plans to upgrade its master and layout plans through a grant awarded to MBS this week.
A Tuscola county business is expanding and creating new jobs.
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has been awarded federal grant money to build a new farmers market pavilion.
Alma College has just been awarded five million dollars for improving STEM education. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.
Residents in Emmet County and surrounding areas will have a rare opportunity to recycle their tires for free. Read more
Nearly ¾ of a million dollars will be used to help brush up habitats for wildlife around the state.
Central Michigan University is set to receive up to $150,000 to set up a visiting educator exchange program with a focus on early childhood education.