RELEASE: Gov. Snyder Approves License Restructuring To Enhance Michigan’s Natural Resources

Contact: Amy Trotter, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, (517) 331-1909  or
MUCC and 21 Other Conservation Groups Join Governor at License Bill Signing
LANSING—Today Governor Rick Snyder signed into law House Bill 4668, a bill which would implement a fairly substantial overhaul of the state's hunting, fishing and trapping license system. He was joined by representatives from Michigan United Conservation Clubs and twenty-one other hunting, fishing and trapping and conservation groups who are part of the Conservation Coalition, as well as hunter’s safety instructors, agricultural interests and a representative from the newly formed Natural Resources Commission’s Youth Conservation Council.
Michigan United Conservation Clubs’ Executive Director Erin McDonough said “The Snyder Administration listened to the concerns of Michigan sportsmen and women, resulting in a license package focused on our priorities and firmly entrenched in accountability and transparency.  Hunters, anglers and trappers are the backbone of natural resource management in Michigan and we are proud to pay for the outdoors we love."“The Conservation Coalition is where conservation and hunting, fishing, and trapping interests can work together towards common goals and priority issues. The number of people in the room and the diversity of organizations is a testament to the fact that when we work together, progress is possible. We stand together, ready to take on any group that comes to Michigan and threatens our outdoor heritage,” said Amy Trotter, MUCC Resource Policy Manager.Joining in the ceremonial bill signing were representatives from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Natural Resources Commission, and the following organizations:
  • Ashley Sportsmen’s Club
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Great Lakes Council, Federation of Fly Fishers
  • Hamilton Rod and Gun Club
  • Michigan Association of Conservation Districts
  • Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation
  • Michigan Bear Hunters Association
  • Michigan Charter Boat Association
  • Michigan Farm Bureau
  • Michigan Hunter Education Instructor Association
  • Michigan Hunting Dog Federation
  • Michigan League of Conservation Voters
  • Michigan Quality Deer Management Association
  • Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fishermen’s Association
  • Michigan Trappers and Predator Callers Association
  • Michigan Trout Unlimited
  • Michigan United Conservation Clubs
  • National Wildlife Turkey Federation, Michigan State Chapter
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Pheasants Forever
  • Ruffed Grouse Society
  • Safari Club International-Michigan Chapter
  • Saginaw Field and Stream
  • Upper Black River Council
  • Youth Conservation Council
Founded in 1937, Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) is the largest state-specific conservation organization in the country. Its mission is to unite citizens to conserve, protect and enhance Michigan’s natural resources and outdoor heritage.
Photos courtesy of David Kenyon, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
_DSK0373 Gov. Snyder addresses the press conference.
_DSK0383 Rep. Jon Bumstead was sponsor and legislative champion of HB 4668
_DSK0400 MUCC Exec. Director Erin McDonough said "Everyone can enjoy Pure Michigan because of the investments Michigan sportsmen and women make in the resource."
Fee bill signing-MUCC

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