Last weekend was a busy one for MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Program! Between Saturday and Sunday, 12 volunteers helped to restore a 4-acre wildlife opening in the Pigeon River Country State Forest and planted 240 white pine trees in the Muskegon State Game Area. Volunteers were local to the areas and utilize them as their own lands to hunt, camp, hike, look for morel mushrooms, observe the wildlife that thrives there, and pass the experience along to their kids and grandkids as well. The weekend proved to be great opportunities for many of those experiences in the Pigeon River Country State Forest as well as the Muskegon State Game Area.
Editor's Note: Today, in the Senate Natural Resources Committee, Senator Tom Casperson accused us of misleading you about his legislation, Senate Bills 39 and 40, in this very action alert. Therefore, we have left it unchanged, except to add below each bullet point, the relevant verbatim language (relevant subsections capitalized) from Senate Bills 39 and 40, as worded in the substitute drafts that they adopted today, and which we analyzed for this alert.
Senator Casperson had a particular problem with our use of the phrase "forces the sale of public land." Elsewhere in the alert, we said "pressures the sale of public land," which it absolutely does. Whichever phrase is used, the undeniable fact is that this bill exposes millions of acres of state forest, hatcheries, boat launches, you name it, to sale as "surplus," with additional unnecessary hoops for the department to jump through which pressure the sale of our public land, prevent the acquisition of public land, and make it more difficult for biologists to manage land for wildlife habitat.