This is the first in a series of blogs covering the history, purpose and process of the Natural Resources Commission. Senate Bill 288 shares the Legislature’s authority to designate game species with the Natural Resources Commission, which was created to separate conservation from politics in 1921 and mandated to use sound science by 1996′s Proposal [...]Freeing Conservation from Politics: Early Years of the Natural Resources Commission
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LANSING – The Michigan House of Representatives passed SB 288 yesterday by a vote of 72-38, along with SB 289. The bills allow the Natural Resources Commission to designate game species and issue fisheries orders, provide free licenses for active members of the military, and protect the rights to hunt and fish in state law. [...]Conservationists Applaud House Passage of SB 288, 289
For the last few weeks, you and your fellow hunters, anglers and trappers have flooded the phone lines and inboxes of your legislators, telling them you want Michigan’s wildlife to be managed using sound science and our rights to be protected by passing Senate Bills 288 and 289. Many of you even asked them in person [...]You Called, They Listened: Legislature Passes SB 288 and 289!
Want an issue more touchy than wolves? Enter APRs! It is deer hunting regulation-setting season, and the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will kick this off on May 9, at their monthly meeting at the RAM Center. They will be discussing antlerless harvest and which Deer Management Units (DMUs) should be open or closed, based on [...]Deer: Northwest Michigan Antler Point Restriction on the Agenda
In this edition of Conservation Insider, we cover the biggest issues for sportsmen and women in our state: The Michigan Senate passes legislation protecting the rights to hunt, fish and trap, and manage wildlife with sound science, not emotion. The Wolf Management Advisory Council met in St. Ignace to discuss the DNR’s proposed regulations. Attorney [...]Conservation Insider: Almost There
Summary: HB 4580 amends the definition of “sport shooting range” under the Sport Shooting Range Act to specifically include those with “commercial activities.” The SSRA protects existing shooting ranges from nuisance lawsuits and restrictive zoning ordinances due to suburban sprawl. Analysis: In a recent case – Addison Twp. v. Barnhartt – the Michigan Court of [...]HB 4580: Protect Michigan Shooting Ranges
Open to all clubs that are affiliated with Michigan United Conservation Clubs. WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 2013 9am – 1pm WHERE: Van Pines Nursery 14731 Baldwin St. West Olive, MI 49460 (616) 399-1620 WHAT: Hand Out: 300 plants per Club Eastern White Pine Jumbo Husky Transplants White Spruce Norway Spruce CONIFERS TRANSPLANTS: Austrian Pine $.50 [...]2013 MUCC Club Tree Giveaway
At the April meeting of the Wolf Management Advisory Council (WMAC), a group created by Public Act 520 of 2012 (the Wolf Management Law), members were brought together to submit recommendations to the Natural Resources Commission and Michigan Legislature on the management of wolves. Rather than waste our time and breath debating (once again) among [...]Michigan Wolf Hunt Discussed by Hunters, Trappers, and Anti’s
We’re halfway there. Michigan’s outdoors community has stepped up in the past few weeks to support legislation ensuring scientific wildlife management and protecting the rights to hunt, fish and trap. You’ve made phone calls, sent e-mails, gave speeches at club meetings and even traveled to Lansing for Camo at the Capitol to tell your legislators to vote [...]Halfway There: Michigan Senate Passes SB 288 and 289!
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette issued a formal Attorney General Opinion today that the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund could not be used for dredging projects, which are considered maintenance. The Michigan Constitution states that the Natural Resources Trust Fund can only be used for acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation lands, but does [...]Release: MUCC Thanks AG for Opinion Protecting Natural Resources Trust Fund
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