On November 19, several dozen people attended a public meeting at Treetops in Gaylord to learn more about a recently released report from a scientific advisory panel, which was asked to take a look at opportunities around commercial scale net-pen aquaculture in the Great Lakes.
MUCC staff and members, along with Trout Unlimited, Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fishermen's Association, Hammond Bay Anglers, Saginaw Field and Stream, Michigan Environmental Council, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, the Michigan Charter Boat Association, and several other organizations, were there to represent our members' concerns related to aquaculture facilities in the Great Lakes. We have also recorded and archived the video of the proceedings here.
Over the next couple months, Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC), Pheasants Forever, Quality Deer Management Association, local Conservation Districts, USDA Farm Services Agency, the DNR, and many other partners are coming together to promote pheasant cooperatives and general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-up around Southern Michigan. January 2016 marks the 5th year of the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative (MPRI), and along with sharing the successes of the MPRI, general CRP is opening for enrollment. These programs work to assist financially to put quality wildlife habitat on the ground.