Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition, UPEC
Presents the Forth Annual
Celebrate the UP!!

March 30-31, 2012

In Marquette, Michigan

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All events are FREE and open to the public!

Schedule of Presentations
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Bios of Presenters and Panelists

Schedule:    “UP Celebration at the Three Corners”     March 31, 2012

Time slot

Board Room    


Sky Room 



Women’s Club


Shiras Room


Community Room                  



10:00 AM


Nancy Warren

(Co-existing with Wolves)


Ellen Weingarten

(Community Gardening in the UP: An Urban Trend gone Rural)


Wil Hamilton

(Drawing and Painting Wildlife in Pencil and Pixel)


Jeff Stasser

(Mountain Biking the U.P.)


George Desort

(Winter Study:  Isle Royale Wolf-Moose)



11:30 AM


Dan Truckey

(How the Land Shaped Us: The People of the U.P.)


Joe Kaplan

(Planting a Future for Birds:  EMBEI)


Bill Hamilton

(Winter Watercolor)


Aimee Cree Dunn

(Minwaakwaa:  A Heavenly Forested Place)


Jack Deo

(Lake Superior Time Machine: A 3D experience)


12:15 – 1:30 PM

















1:30 PM


Steve Kickert

(Sylvania:  Making of a Wilderness)


Phil Bellfy

(Living With the Land: Anishnaabe Environmental Ethics)



Dean Beyer

(Moose in MI: History, Biology, and Hunting Considerations)


Carl Lindquist

(The Watershed Approach)



Michael Neiger/

Chris Ozminski

(MI Backcountry Search and Rescue)



3:00 PM

Panel Discussion (Peter White Public Library Community Room)


Living in the UP: Life Ways on the Land



Dave Allen, Chris Burnett, Dave/Nancy Kallio, Donna Pearre/Carole Van House, Jon/Christine Saari


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U.P. Celebration at the Three Corners

Schedule of Presentations


Friday, March 30, 2012



Federated Women’s Clubhouse


7:00 p.m.         

Filmmaker George Desort shares his experience creating the film Fifty Lakes One Island, an exploration of Isle Royale’s inland Lakes. 

Carl Lindquist of the Superior Watershed Partnership performs original piano compositions.        



Saturday, March 31, 2012

Individual Presentations


Peter White Public Library – Community Room


10:15 – 11:15 a.m.       

George Desort – Winter Study:  A behind the scenes look at the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Study           

George Desort will tell stories about the people and adventures of Isle Royale’s Wolf-Moose Winter Study. Using still photographs and short videos, Desort will not only bring the island to the audience, but bring the audience to the island. Working on his second Isle Royale film, Winter Study, he will share never-before-seen footage of the animals while sharing anecdotes about the dedicated people-- biologists Rolf Peterson and John Vucetich and Alaskan bush pilot Don Glaser--behind the study. Folks will be talking about this footage for years to come.


11:30 – 12:30 p.m.       

Jack Deo – Lake Superior Time Machine:  A 3D Experience

Take a trip back in time to the Lake Superior District, 150 years ago. Visit the mines, Native villages, and towns; see Lake Superior History come alive!


1:30 -- 2:30 p.m.           

Michael Neiger/Chris Ozminski – Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue

An exhibit of the people, skills, and equipment, of Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue, as well as the beautiful Upper Peninsula and Lake Superior Watershed where they work and play.


Peter White Public Library – Shiras Room


10:15 – 11:15 a.m.       

Jeff Stasser – Mountain Biking the Upper Peninsula

Jeff wants to share his passion of cycling with all of the attendees.  He will discuss the importance of getting children into a lifetime sport that has low impact on their bodies and the environment.  Cycling is not just a sport, it becomes a lifestyle.  For many of the residents and tourists of Marquette, cycling is a way of life.


11:30 – 12:30 p.m.       

Aimée Cree Dunn – Minwaakwaa: “A Heavenly Forested Place”

Coming from a mixed-blood perspective, “Minwaakwaa” will borrow elements from both the body of Anishinaabe traditional ecological knowledge and the Western naturalist tradition to explore the many details of the Upper Peninsula, from long-lived trout lilies and uses of spring beauties to stories about ancient giant amik (beaver), that make this bioregion what many throughout time have thought of as “a heavenly forested place.”


1:30 -- 2:30 p.m.           

Carl Lindquist – The Watershed Approach

This presentation will start with an historic approach to watersheds; how people have understood (or failed to understand) their watersheds throughout history and why decision-makers at all levels are finally coming around to understanding the importance of the watershed approach again. Emphasis will be placed on the important role that individuals and community groups can play in influencing watershed decisions. A series of projects completed by the Superior Watershed Partnership will be used as examples of watershed protection and restoration in the Upper Peninsula.


The Landmark Inn – Sky Room


10:00 – 11:00 a.m.       

Ellen Weingarten – Community Gardening in the UP: An Urban Trend Taking Root in Our Rural Backyard

Community gardening got its start in America’s urban centers as a way to mitigate            blight and the woes that follow. Marquette County is experiencing a robust interest in community gardens, but the trend got its start simply out of the desire to have a place to grow vegetables. Learn about the community gardening movement nationally and locally, the lessons learned and where opportunities lie.


11:30 – 12:30 p.m.       

Joe Kaplan – Planting a Future for Birds:  The Escanaba Migratory Bird Initiative (EMBEI)

Joe Kaplan will present details of a new community-supported initiative in Escanaba to enhance, restore, and create habitat in city parks and the Portage Marsh for the benefit of migratory birds.  He will explore the dynamics of bird migration and the importance of “stop-over” habitat and the role native plant species play in supporting a diversity of birds.  While planting a bird-friendly city is the goal of the Escanaba Migratory Bird Enhancement Initiative, the principles can easily be applied at any scale; Joe has recorded over 180 bird species from his small yard in Escanaba!


1:30 -- 2:30 p.m.           

Phil Bellfy – Living With the Land: Anishnaabe Environmental Ethics 

When compared to the “visitor” culture, Anishnaabe people have a very different way of interacting with the natural environment.  Although often summed up in the phrase, “For the Next Seven Generations,” the Anishnaabe “world-view” goes much deeper than what may be evoked by that phrase.  This presentation will explore the differences between the “Spiritual” and the “Sacred” within that Anishnaabe world-view, and how those two differing concepts can be applied in one's own life and your interaction with the natural world.


The Landmark Inn – Board Room


10:00 – 11:00 a.m.       

Nancy Warren – Co-existing with wolves        

Why is it that some people think it cute to see a bear at a bird feeder and run for the camera, yet seeing a wolf in a distant field evokes fear for their personal safety? Nancy’s program helps to put the fear of wolves in perspective and explore the ways we can co-exist with wolves on the landscape.


11:30 – 12:30 p.m.       

Dan Truckey – How the Land Shaped Us:  The People of the Upper Peninsula

The effect that human inhabitants have had on the environment of the Upper Peninsula has been discussed in many lectures and articles but this talk will focus on the exact opposite.  How did the environment of the Upper Peninsula shape its inhabitants, from the Anishinaabe to the many Yankee, Canadian and European settlers who came to this region in the 20th century?  In short, how did the nature of the U.P. help to define the “Yooper” way-of-life? Lastly, how will these values help shape our relationship with the environment in the future?


1:30 -- 2:30 p.m.           

Steve Kickert – Sylvania:  Making of a Wilderness

The Sylvania Wilderness exists today because of the powerful forces of nature and the influences of powerful men.  This presentation examines the history of this cherished Wilderness.


Federated Women’s Clubhouse


10:00 – 11:00 a.m.       

Will Hamilton – Drawing and Painting Wildlife in Pencil and Pixel

Will presents several of his wildlife drawings and paintings with notes on observation and technique.


11:30 – 12:30 p.m.       

Bill Hamilton – Winter Watercolor


1:30 -- 2:30 p.m.           

Dean Beyer – Moose in Michigan:  History, Biology and Considerations for Hunting

Dean will review the history and biology of moose in Michigan, including their current status and the outlook for the future.  He will also discuss the current interest in establishing a hunting season for moose and the biological considerations related to harvesting moose.


Panel Discussion with the Public


Peter White Public Library


3:00  --  4:45 p.m.         

Living in the U.P.:  Life Ways on the Land

Most of our panelists have chosen to own land in the U.P.; as it were, to have their own piece of paradise.  Why did they choose to do so, and how did they pull it off?  What is their emotional attachment to the land?  How do they use it?  How do they think about the future of this land?  Two camp-owning couples, two alpaca farmers, and one forest ecologist/homesteader will each address these questions. One panelist has chosen not to own land, but instead has spent countless hours recreating and exploring the myriad public lands in the U.P. We hope many others            who love and use land, whether private or public, will join the discussion.


Panelists:  David Allen, Chris Burnett, David Kallio and Nancy Olsen, Donna Pearre and Carole Van House, Jon and Christine Saari


Moderator:  Mary Martin


Public Reception

Federated Women’s Clubhouse


5:00 -- 7:00 p.m.                                   

Please join us for refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, meet other folks who share a love of all things U.P., and talk with many of the presenters and panelists.




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