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MUCC says “Camo” is the True Color of Earth Day

April 20th, 2012

Since 1937, the hunters, anglers, and trappers of MUCC have celebrated Earth Day every day

Sunday is Earth Day. On the annual holiday, Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) will once again remind Michigan that for the hunters, anglers and trappers, every day is Earth Day.

“Not only are sportsmen and women the original conservationists, we fund the lion’s share of conservation in Michigan through our license dollars and excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment. If you look back at Michigan’s history, you’ll see that it’s the hunters, anglers and trappers of the state who led the charge to clean up our polluted waters, protect and restore our wetlands and conserve our wildlife habitat. Camo is the original green,” said MUCC Executive Director Erin McDonough. “The outdoors community celebrates Earth Day today – and every day. We live in the outdoors and, most importantly, we insist that conservation practices take center stage every day of the year.”

“In today’s society, it’s cool to be “green,” to be pro-environment and that’s a good thing in many ways. But we can’t lose sight of the fact that the sustainable and active use of our resources is the foundation of conservation,” McDonough said. “Hunting, fishing, trapping and outdoor recreation, are time-honored traditions that propel Michigan’s tourism industry and economy, and are the state’s primary funding source for conservation programs.  These activities connect us to the land in a way few things today do and they also give us access to a healthy, local and sustainable food source.  We’re taking the opportunity on Earth Day to remind Michigan that conservation is not as much ‘green’ as it is ‘camo,’” McDonough said.

On Earth Day, MUCC wants to remind Michigan residents about the primary role sportsmen and women have in sustaining quality wildlife habitat, clean water, and prime recreational opportunities based on the use of our tremendous natural resources.

MUCC also points to quality forest management and partnership with Michigan’s forest industry as an essential component of habitat improvement and quality outdoor recreation opportunities. “Often times when people think about Earth Day, it’s easy to assume that cutting down trees is anti-environment; it’s quite the contrary. Managed forests are healthy forests— they produce more deer, birds, and other game and non-game wildlife. They help to naturally filter water runoff and prevent erosion, which helps water quality and sustains healthy fisheries. Management makes the whole forest more resilient and resistant to forest health threats. Commercial forest landowners also provide over two million acres in hunting access to sportsmen in Michigan. Without quality habitat and access, Michigan stands to realize a continuing loss of hunters and anglers who spend $3.4 billion annually in the state, of which creates a $5.9 billion ripple effect on the Michigan economy,” said McDonough.

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Michigan United Conservation Clubs is largest statewide conservation organization in the nation. Through over 42,000 members and 250 affiliated clubs, MUCC works to accomplish its mission of Uniting Citizens to Conserve and Enhance Michigan’s Natural Resources and Protect OUR Outdoor Heritage.

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