Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition
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Issues & Events in 2012
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On going issues & opportunities:
UPEC Mini-Grant Applications due by January 10, 2013 have been awarded!
Proposed Kennecott Mine Eagle Project Update
Some Hot Issues are discussed here in Jon Saari's op-eds that appeared in Marquette's Mining Journal and KeweenawNow and other publications; Jon is a retired NMU professor, also member and past president of UPEC and Board Member of Save the Wild UP.
Great Lakes Restoration Action Plan
Read the FY 2010-14 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan
The Peter Wolfe Chapter of the North Country Trail Offers Volunteer Adventures!
The NCTA looks for volunteers to help build and
maintain the trail in the Western UP. Work begins in June and runs thru
the summer. For more information, go to their website at
UPEC FORUM ON EMINENT DOMAIN OR STATE CONDEMNATION OF PRIVATE LAND ON WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 29 in Marquette:
The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) announces an open forum on eminent domain, or the right of public authorities to condemn private land for public purposes, including road-building and economic development. It will be held at the Federated Women’s Clubhouse, corner of Ridge and Front streets in Marquette, on Wednesday, February 29, at 7:00 P.M.
The condemnation of private land is one hammer in the toolbox of public authorities for achieving their goals. It has surfaced as an issue in the proposed County Road 595, which is no longer a private mining haul road but a public road spearheaded by the Marquette County Road Commission. Is this tool likely to be used? This free public forum will allow a thorough exploration of this issue.
The facilitator will be Dr. Phil Bellfy, a Native American educator, author, and Michigan State University professor, who had studied the use and abuse of eminent domain in the Lansing area. Based on this experience and research, he will explain the laws, address the standards introduced in the 2006 state constitutional referendum, and illustrate through case studies how eminent domain has been practiced in Michigan
UPEC Contact person: Jon Saari, 906-228-4656
22 March 5:30 at MTU EERC rm 103 IJC Co-Chair, Lana Pollack talk "Can Science Save the Great Lakes?"