Category Archives: Natural Resources

DNR announces new black bear education program

bear_453667_7Beginning next fall, Michigan educators will have a chance to integrate a new interactive section to their curriculum about black bears.
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State to reopen several campgrounds

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Michigan residents will soon have additional campgrounds to visit as the weather continues to warm up.
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CMU students help to preserve shipwreck artifacts

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Central Michigan University students ventured north as volunteers this weekend at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

They spent their weekend in Alpena through the University’s Alternative Breaks program.

Students from various fields and majors gained hands-on experience working with shipwreck artifacts that help tell the tale of our region’s history.

Stephanie Gandulla is media and outreach coordinator for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

She said, “With those shipwrecks there are literally thousands of artifacts that are collected here at the sanctuary. So there’s a lot of work that goes into maintaining such an important collection. You’ve got to clean the artifacts, and perpetually really preserve them and conserve them. And then we also put them on display in our visitor’s centers. The CMU students are going to play a role in all of those aspects of artifact conservation and preservation.”

Gandulla said the students will also partake in an underwater robot build.

She said the team building exercise is meant to engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematic principles.

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DNR to host public fishery forums throughout the state

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Many of us begin our day with a cup of coffee, and starting this week, Michiganders could end their day with one and with the DNR.
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Fish kills common following a long, brutal winter


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As much as people have complained about the extreme conditions of the winter of 2014, there has been an actual toll on aquatic life.
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Campaign to stop wolf hunt to turn in petitions



The campaign to stop wolf hunts in Michigan says it has more than enough petition signatures to get a referendum on the November ballot. This would be the second ballot challenge to a wolf hunt because the state’s first wolf hunting law was blocked by a petition challenge that will also go before voters in November.
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Two men arrested for illegal purchases of black bear parts

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Two central Michigan men were arrested on charges for the illegal purchase of black bear parts.
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Great Lakes water levels expected to rebound this spring

GreatLakesLake Superior’s water level is expected to rebound to near or above its historic average this spring, the first time it has done so in 16 years.

The last time Lake Superior hit it’s long-term average was April, 1998.
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Congress approves bill protecting Sleeping Bear Dunes

Photo courtesy Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Photo courtesy Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Congress has approved legislation designating part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as a wilderness area.

The designation protects 32,500 acres of land from future development, while still allowing existing uses of the land to continue.
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This year’s brutal winter could help kill invasive species

adelgidThis year’s colder-than-normal winter could be good for nature lovers, and bad for some of Michigan’s invasive species.
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