MUCC Impacts Huron Manistee Forest Plan Review (with Video)February 14th, 2012
On September 29, 2010, Kurt Meister, a southeast Michigan attorney won a case against the USDA Forest Service claiming that his right to enjoy public lands in Michigan were being infringed upon by noisy firearms hunters and folks using snowmobiles on designated trail. His solution? Ban guns and snowmobiles on almost 70,000 acres of the Huron-Manistee National Forest.
Michigan United Conservation Clubs, a non-profit conservation group that has served as Michigan’s most powerful voice for hunters and anglers in Michigan since 1937, blew the whistle on the suit and quickly organized a response fueled by sound science-based management principles and its tens of thousands of members who believe strongly in the rights of Michigan’s citizens to hunt, fish and trap on public lands.
Here’s MUCC’s Executive Director Erin McDonough with her take on how MUCC’s members and conservation partners came together to stop this attack on public land hunters.
While the first battle in this war has been won thanks to the efforts of MUCC and its members and partners, it is not yet over. The decision is still subject to appeals and MUCC will be actively monitoring the situation to ensure the final outcome is the best one for Michigan’s sportsmen and women.
A Legislative Fix?
MUCC is also supporting the Congressional bill, H.R. 2834–the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act sponsored by Michigan Congressman Dan Benishek (co-sponsors also include U.S. Reps Huizenga, McCotter, Miller, and Walberg), which would safeguard hunting, fishing and recreational shooting from arbitrary closure on federal lands. This bill is expected on the House floor in March.
A companion bill, S.2066 was just introduced in the U.S. Senate this month, however neither Michigan U.S. Senators have signed on yet as co-sponsors. Please contact U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin and ask them to sign on to this important piece of legislation.