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    Recreational Passports in Michigan


    The parks systems of America have experienced falling attendance and decreased funding for years. This is especially true in Michigan. In 2003, the Michigan legislature cut $9 million from the parks annual general fund spending. The recession and budget crises of the late 2000’s meant further slashes while attendance and the associated revenue continued to fluctuate. Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recognized the need to either find new sources for funding or adjust their curren

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    Gun Regulation and Proper Storage and Maintenance of Firearms

     

    In the United States, the right to bare arms is one of the most controversial and debated rights of the 21st century. This controversy stems from the fact that many citizens have abused this second amendment right and have used their rights to harm others, taking away their victim’s rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. After the assassinations of President John Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Gun Control Act of 1968 was passed to impose stricter regulation on the

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    Wolf Hunting Update

    One of the major points of contention concerning Michigan policy in the last couple years has been the wolf hunt issue. This case in particular serves as an interesting example because there were many actors that played important roles in the wolf hunt scenario. The state legislature, state agencies, nongovernmental agencies, federal court, and the public all contributed to the direction this issue took. Through their actions, a clearer understanding of the feasibility of each proposal in the wo

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    Stopping the Asian Carp Invasion

    The Great Lakes are in a state of emergency; they are under attack from a number of invasive species including the Asian carp.  Currently 55 miles lie between Lake Michigan and the Asian carp population center.  This 55-mile stretch of the Mississippi river was the focus of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS), which highlighted eight potential solutions on how to stop species like the Asian carp.

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    Land Cap Bill HB 5210

    In 2011, the State of Michigan passed Senate Bill 248 effectively limiting the amount of land the Department of Natural Resources could acquire and worked to try and implement a more consistent method or strategy for land acquisition and disposal. HB 5210, known as the Land Cap Bill, sponsored by Representative Wayne Schmidt (R, Grand Traverse County), is currently being debated in the House. This bill is attempting to repeal the previous SB 248 restrictions, while officially implementing the st

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    Great Lakes & Recreation

    • Recreational Passports in Michigan

      The parks systems of America have experienced falling attendance and decreased funding for years. This is especially true in Michigan. In 2003, the Michigan legislature cut $9 million from the parks a...
    • Gun Regulation and Proper Storage and Maintenance of Firearms

        In the United States, the right to bare arms is one of the most controversial and debated rights of the 21st century. This controversy stems from the fact that many citizens have abused this s...
    • Wolf Hunting Update

      One of the major points of contention concerning Michigan policy in the last couple years has been the wolf hunt issue. This case in particular serves as an interesting example because there were many...
    • Stopping the Asian Carp Invasion

      The Great Lakes are in a state of emergency; they are under attack from a number of invasive species including the Asian carp.  Currently 55 miles lie between Lake Michigan and the Asian carp populati...
    • Land Cap Bill HB 5210

      In 2011, the State of Michigan passed Senate Bill 248 effectively limiting the amount of land the Department of Natural Resources could acquire and worked to try and implement a more consistent method...
    • Belle Isle

                  Belle Isle is not just an ordinary park, but also an iconic symbol in Detroit. With the tough economic times that Michigan has faced one city in particular has taken a massive hit. In the ...
    • Interview with Joe Fischer of the National Rifle Association

      This interview was conducted on 4/6/13 with Joe Fischer, a representative of the N.R.A. I've done my best to transcribe the interview; the reason why the beginning is a bit abrupt is that I've decided...
    • Effective Measures for Controlling Sea Lamprey Populations

      Sea lamprey are eel-like parasites that feed off of the fluids of living adult fish. Sea lamprey feed on many species of fish but a large part of their diet consists of trout, salmon, and other large...
    • The Asian Carp Invasion

      Asian Carp are a growing concern for the Great Lakes ecosystem. Because Asian Carp's main diet is plankton, an organism that is very low on the food chain, introduction of the invasive species to the...
    • Politics Behind Government Funding of "Pure Michigan" Ad Campaign

      The "Pure Michigan" Ad Campaign was started by the state of Michigan in 2006. It consists of ads that glorify the state of Michigan with the voice of Michigan celebrities, such as Tim Allen, behind s...
    • Transplanted Fish in Great Lakes Suffering

      Salmon in the Great Lakes imported from other waters face a unique set of issues as changes in the food chain and problems with invasive species continue. Chinook salmon, a species of fish native to t...
    • Gray Wolves Likely to be Removed from Endangered Species List

      Management authority of gray wolves in the Great Lakes region might change from federal to state if federal wildlife officials go through with removing the species from the Federal List of Endangered ...
    • Asian Carp Invasives: Policy Brief

      Policymakers continue to be divided on the subject of Asian carp as the invasive species inch closer and closer to Great Lakes waters. .
    • Climate Shifts Could Cause Future Water Shortages in the Great Lakes Region

      A recent report from the United States Geological Survey warns potential water shortages in the Great Lakes region in the future caused by climate change and an increase in demand. .
    • Invasive Species as Cuisine Concept Gaining Momentum

      In the opinions of a few restaurant owners and policy makers, the best solution to the Asian carp problem in the Great Lakes is to eat them. .
    • Pure Michigan Campaign Slated to Receive Funding

      The popular "Pure Michigan" ads could receive more government funding to continue its tourism if a bill currently going through the legislature is passed. .
    • How Effective is Michigan's Asian Carp Management Plan?

      It is important to note that Michigan's Asian Carp management plan is not intended to be a rapid response plan. The executive summary of the management plan clearly states that the plan is, "a compreh...
    • Another Blow for Michigan, Another Win for Asian Carp

      Asian Carp are a ticking time bomb at the front door of Lake Michigan. Their voracious appetite has enabled them to become the dominant species in various parts of rivers throughout Illinois and the M...
    • Opinion: Government Should Give “Pure Michigan” Another Go

      “Your trip begins at michigan.org.” Any Michigander with cable television knows those words all too well. Accompanied by beautiful, picturesque scenes, a pretty piano piece, and a soothing voice ta...
    • An Interview with Project F.I.S.H. Director Mark Stephens

      An Interview with Mark Stephens, Director of Project F.I.S.H., an local educational program meant to get youth involved in recreational fishing and enviornmental awareness.   Q: Could you share some...
    • Great Lakes Migratory Birds Dying Because of Invasives, Scientists Suggest

      The remains of thousands of dead gulls, loons, mergansers and other migratory birds have inexplicably washed onto the shores of Lake Michigan for years. Now some scientists are claiming they know the ...
    • Administrative Agency Summary: The Coastal Zone Management Program

      The Coastal Zone Management Program began in 1978 under The Coastal Zone Management Act, which enabled coastal states, including states along the Great Lakes, to develop such a program to help protect...
    • An Interview with Director of Communications at the Michigan Attorney General's Office John Sellek

      John Sellek is the director of communications at the Michigan Office of the Attorney General. Portions of a recent interview covering the issue of Asian carp litigation going through Chicago's federal...
    • Future of Great Lakes Restoration System Uncertain as Congress Considers Cuts

      Congress will soon make decisions that could either greatly help or potentially hurt the Great Lakes Region. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, or GLRI, is being looked at for a potential cut fr...
    • Mackinac Bridge Likely to Stay in Hands of State

      The Mackinac Bridge appears to be staying under the Michigan government’s control, despite some pre-election fears that it might be privatized due to increased stress on the Michigan budget. The 26,3...
    • Michigan's Recreation Passport

      On October 1, 2010 the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) launched its Recreation Passport program. The program was proposed by the Citizens Committee for Michigan State P...
    • Michigan Institutions Receive Great Lakes Funding Grants

      Page 1 of 2The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced millions of dollars in federal grants would be awarded to Michigan organizations promoting projects involving the cleanup of the ...
    • Michigan Lawmakers Consider Phosphorus Ban

      Legislation concerning the use of phosphorus on lawns resides in the Senate as some lawmakers attempt to ban the chemical in the state of Michigan.   The bill proposes a ban on all lawns and golf co...
    • Michigan Universities Announce Creation of New Climate Center

      Two of the largest universities in the state of Michigan have announced a collaborative effort to study climate change and its effect on the Great Lakes. .
    • Asian carp still pose problems as legal battle continues

      Asian carp continue to be at the forefront of Michigan's public policy as prominent political figures continue to find a way to keep them out of the Great Lakes. Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohi...
    • Asian Carp Controversy

      There have been many different species that have caused damage to the Great Lakes. The species that has been making news headlines lately is the Asian Carp. These pesky creatures are not yet proven ...
    • Potential For Asian Carp Invasion Puts Lawmakers At Odds

      Two species of unremarkable looking fish have been thrust into the spotlight as of late, as high-level presidential appointees, governors, and attorneys general from six Great Lakes states position th...
    • Jumping Asian Carp May Be Invading the Great Lakes

      Aggressive Asian carp have been traveling for 16 years, spreading up the Mississipi River and into the Illinois River.  The only thing that is preventing them from reaching Michigan is a lock and dam ...
    • Are we doing enough to protect wetlands in Michigan?

      There are many benefits to keeping wetlands around in Michigan.  They have proven to be beneficial in maintaining water quality, reducing erosion, protecting from floods and storm damage, controlling ...
    • Invasive Mussels Invade the Great lakes

      The Great Lakes seem to be such a calm and fun place to be: many do not know that invasive mussels that have started to severely affect the Great Lakes water supply.  They were first spotted in the l...
    • Climate Change Does Matter

      If you've been around the Great Lakes recently, you might notice they don't ascribe to the pristine standards you were expecting from what you remember (or what you've heard from people who grew up ar...
    • Great Lakes Water Quality

      If you're thinking of sunbathing or playing with little tykes on one of the beaches bordering the Great Lakes, you might want to rethink your decision. According to The Natural Resources Defense Counc...
    • Aliens in the Great Lakes

      Although biodiversity is one of the prime markers in the determination of ecosystem health, specific types of "biodiversity" can inflict the sweater effect on the entire ecosystem. What does this mean...
    • Great Lakes Water Levels

      When natural patterns begin to shift, one of the hardest things to do as human onlookers is determine the cause of the shift. The Great Lakes fall in this category of continuous dispute: as one of the...
    • No Child Left Inside

      It's one of the simple facts of life: kids like to play-kids need to play-and playing in nature is a very crucial part of that play. Sadly, however, many of today's children do not have the time or mo...
    • Interview with Dennis Muchmore Executive Director of MUCC

      Dennis Muchmore MUCC Executive Director How did you get to this point? Both personally and professionally. I started out teaching high school and gravitated towards politics within the Michigan...
    • HB 4610- Michigan Trailway Legislation

      A recently passed House Bill has upset some organizations, especially the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC). The Bill, is essentially a reversal of the "Michigan Trailways" Bill, which shifted...
    • Office of the Great Lakes

      As one of Michigan's most prominent natural resources, the Great Lakes provide an abundance of both resources and tourism opportunities. However, because it is prone to environmental degradation and o...
    • State Parks

        Growing up in Michigan, I'm sure most people can remember going to the park for a picnic or just to play on a warm day. However, that tradition has been placed in jeopardy due to lack of funding. A...
    • Obama pushing to bestow $475M upon the “new Superfund”

      According to The Michigan Messenger, the Obama administration has proposed to set aside $475 million in the 2010 budget to help remedy the problems the Great Lakes have been experiencing due to their ...
    • Should we scrap the Michigan State Fair?

      It seems that the much loved Michigan State Fair is either going to have to find a way to support itself within the next 3-4 months or shut down.  The vendors who work at the fair were sent eviction n...
    • The Pure Michigan campaign

      Although Michigan's auto industry is quickly declining, the state seems reluctant to give up its tourism industry as well. Even though experts from Michigan State University predicted a 2-4 percent dr...
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