MUCC in Da U.P., Eh?

Last week, while MUCC’s Legislative Affairs Manager Matt Evans and Citizens for Professional Wildlife committee members shepherded the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act through the Michigan Senate, MUCC staff, Board of Directors, and Conservation Coalition members traveled more than 350 miles north to Munising, with another packed conservation policy agenda.
MUCC staff and board members with Governor Snyder and Rep. Kivela MUCC staff and board members with Governor Snyder and Rep. Kivela
  • Live the Wildlife: On Wednesday, we joined Governor Rick Snyder and his Northern Michigan Office Director and Tribal Liaison David Nyberg, Rep. John Kivala (D-Marquette), Director Keith Creagh, MEDC Chief Operating Officer Steve Arwood, NRC Chair J.R. Richardson, and many DNR staff in an On The Ground project planting trees and shrubs to benefit many game species along the Grouse Enhancement Management System (GEMS) trail south of Gwinn. Conservation partners that took part in the day also included representatives from MUCC, the U.P. Sportsmen’s Alliance, UP Whitetails chapters, Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, MI Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Marquette Conservation District, Michigan Resource Stewards, and rod and gun clubs from all corners of the state.
  • Grassroots in Action: Thursday, MUCC Staff gave a presentation to the DNR Director and Natural Resources Commission on MUCC’s Policy Process and background on each of the policy resolutions passed at the 2014 Annual Convention.
  • Grasstops Conservation Coalition: Friday, the Conservation Coalition, a group of many statewide and regional hunting, fishing, and trapping groups, met with the DNR Director, Resource Deputy Director and most DNR Division Chiefs on the Coalition’s proposed policy and budget priorities for the 2015-2016 fiscal and legislative cycle.
  • MUCC BOD in da UP: Finally, Saturday, MUCC’s newly elected and re-elected Board Members met to conduct official MUCC business, which was the first meeting presided over by new President Ron Burris and Executive Director Dan Eichinger. Board members received an orientation on their roles and responsibilities, began selecting committee appointments, listened to staff reports, and adopted an Emergency Interim Resolution on the proposed nuclear deep geologic repository near Lake Huron in Canada.
Grant Island Shoreline Grant Island Shoreline
Holy Wah! With such a busy week, we were thankful for the Upper Peninsula’s beautiful scenery, the hospitality of Munising’s Pictured Rocks Cruises and the Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tours, and the regional specialties to keep us going, especially the smoked whitefish and lake trout, Muldoons Pasties, and Keweenaw Brewing Company and Blackrocks Brewery beer!
Cheers to a week filled with a successful trip, major conservation wins, and the great partnerships it highlights on both sides of the bridge--looking forward to returning in the fall to check out that grouse trail again!
lake superior sunset Lake Superior sunset

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