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Consumers Energy Foundation Partners with MUCC on Conservation Initiatives

October 28th, 2013

LANSING—Consumers Energy Foundation and Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) announced a conservation partnership today that looks to connect communities to outdoor recreation opportunities and ensures that state policies reflect the priorities of Michigan’s conservation community.

“We greatly appreciate Consumers Energy Foundation’s commitment to conservation,” said Erin McDonough, executive director of Michigan United Conservation Clubs. “This partnership allows us to do critical work both on-the-ground and in ensuring that sportsmen’s conservation priorities are reflected across a wide range of DNR planning initiatives.”

(L-R) MUCC Grassroots Manager Drew YoungeDyke and Consumer Energy Foundation's Cathy Wilson

(L-R) MUCC Grassroots Manager Drew YoungeDyke and Consumer Energy’s Cathy Wilson

The $20,000 grant will fund MUCC staff time and resources in reviewing, analyzing and engaging in Department of Natural Resources (DNR) planning processes on a variety of policies and making sure that they are compatible with each other while reflecting the priorities of Michigan’s conservation community. It will also fund staff time and resources in implementing the Michigan On-the-Ground program, a public-private partnership between MUCC and the DNR to connect communities to outdoor recreation opportunities and natural resources through on-the-ground volunteer fish and wildlife habitat projects.

Projects partially funded through the Consumers Energy Foundation partnership have already included cleaning wood duck boxes, clearing fields for wildlife food planting, building brush piles for rabbits and songbirds, clearing overgrown weeds and invasive plant species from waterfowl hunter access canals and, most recently, planting crabapple trees to provide a winter food source for wild turkeys.

“Consumers Energy provides energy to all 68 of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula counties, and we are committed to taking actions to take care of the environment,” said David Mengebier, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “That is part of our Promise to care for the communities we serve.”

A Boy Scout volunteers to clean wood duck boxes at Allegan State Game Area.

A Boy Scout volunteers to clean wood duck boxes at Allegan State Game Area.

Founded in 1937, Michigan United Conservation Clubs is the largest state-specific conservation organization in the country with a mission to unite citizens to conserve, protect and enhance Michigan’s natural resources and outdoor heritage.

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