A total of 2,600 trees were planted by volunteers with MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program and school groups participating in OTG Jr events this month. The trees and shrubs planted included conifers to provide thermal cover and also, mast-producing trees to provide browse for wildlife. Projects were completed this month in the Southwest, Southeast, and Northwest regions of the state. The Upper Peninsula isn’t being forgotten, join On the Ground (OTG) on May 6th in the Gwinn State Forest to plant another 190 trees for wildlife- see more details and RSVP to volunteer here! Read more to see what was accomplished by volunteers with OTG last week.
MUCC has joined as a party to this lawsuit with National Wildlife Federation and others. Below is a joint press release issued today, along with a link to the case document.
WASHINGTON, D.C.– To force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect communities and businesses from harmful algal blooms that have plagued Lake Erie for years, today a coalition of businesses, conservation advocates, and sportsmen groups sued (http://blog.nwf.org/2017/04/lawsuit_lakeerie_impaired/), asking a federal judge to order the agency to carry out its duty under the Clean Water Act. In 2014, a harmful algal bloom poisoned drinking water for more than 400,000 people in Toledo, and in 2015, an algal bloom stretched for over 300 square miles.
Photo Credit: U.S. Geological Survey, Dr. Jennifer L. Graham