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Conservation Insider: Invasives on the Agenda 8-16-2013 | Gary Engberg Outdoors

Conservation Insider: Invasives on the Agenda 8-16-2013

August 16, 2013
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Michigan Feral Swine Saga: DNR Strikes Back

2012 Feral Swine Map 2You may recall the hullabaloo over the DNR naming of certain swine, Russian Wild Boar, as prohibited invasive species back in 2010. That order was delayed in its effective date until October 2011 and only started being enforced in April 2012. But what has happened since?Get the latest on the Swine Saga here


Aquatic Invasive Species Plan Released

asian-carp-jumpingLast month, the Michigan DEQ released the Final Report and Recommendations of the Michigan Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Advisory Council.The Council consisted of appointees representing a broad spectrum of interests and MUCC was privileged to represent the interests of its members and the conservation community on the council.READ THE AIS RECOMMENDATIONS


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otgbanner2-700x150Volunteers Invade Southern Michigan

Wildlife species generally need four things for good habitat: food, waters, cover and space. When one of those factors is missing, volunteers can make a big difference in a short amount of time to provide that element and make really great habitat.On August 10, fifteen volunteers did just that and provided cover for rabbits by building brush piles at the Crane Pond State Game Area creating excellent rabbitat (rabbit habitat).

READ MORE ABOUT CRANE POND OTG PROJECT

The weekend before, we were in Hillsdale County, the middle of Michigan’s big buck country, where farm-fed whitetails grow record-book racks. Most of this is private land, though, leaving public land hunters just a little behind the curve. So when the DNR said they planned to plant a clover-wheat-rye mix food plot on twelve acres of prime public land dotted with apple trees, we knew hunters would jump at the chance to help and we were right.

READ MORE ABOUT THE SOMERSET OTG PROJECT


Federal Conservation Funding at Risk, Take Action Now

2011-capitol-hill-veronicaEvery August, lawmakers escape Washington, D.C. to return home to visit with constituents. The month-long recess is an opportunity to schedule a meeting with members of Congress and their staffs to discuss important issues affecting sportsmen, including fish and wildlife habitat. And boy do we have a lot to discuss!TALKING POINTS AND SIGN-ON TO LETTER FOR CONSERVATION


Conservation Contingent Meets with Congressman

Great Lakes shorelineRepresentatives from MUCC, Ducks Unlimited and the Metro West Steelheaders met with Congressman Gary Peters (D-MI) on Monday to discuss pressing conservation issues affecting the Great Lakes region, including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Farm Bill and reducing phosphorus runoff into Lake Erie.LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE ISSUES


Residents Invited to More Natural Resource Town Hall Meetings

Photo by David SmithAt the first of a series of town hall meetings about the Natural Resources Trust Fund, residents said they wanted the Trust Fund to continue to be protected for outdoor recreation and conservation purposes.More meeting will be occurring next week—


NRC sets 2013-14 Michigan Waterfowl Hunting Season

mallardMichigan hunters will once again enjoy 60-day duck seasons this fall, as the Natural Resources Commission set waterfowl seasons last week at its regular meeting in Muskegon.

REVIEW THE 2013 WATERFOWL HUNTING DATES


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