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Trail to Slate River Falls, Baraga County. Bob Gilreath Photo.   

Click on the links below to view articles of interest on environmental issues affecting the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

2014: Graymont, Inc. has submitted a proposal to the Department of Natural Resources to acquire more than 10,000 acres of state-managed forest in northern Mackinac County near the town of Rexton for the purpose of developing a limestone mine. CLICK Here for info on this from the DNR. Email the DNR with your concerns here.

Some Hot Issues are discussed in Jon Saari's op-eds that have appeared in Marquette's Mining Journal, KeweenawNow, and other publications; Jon is a retired NMU professor, also member and past president of UPEC.

Democracy activist addresses road_controversy in Marquette County (Mine Haul Roads) March 8, 2012 By Jon Saari

Peshekee Road: A cautionary tale gives perspective  (Mine Haul Roads) January 23, 2011 -  By JON SAARI

More objections voiced to Kennecott_trucking_plan January 20, 2011 - By JOHN PEPIN Journal Staff Writer

Professors, knowledge and the politics_of_mining December 19, 2010 - Jon Saari

County Road 595_gets_OK October 19, 2010 - By JOHN PEPIN Journal Staff Writer

Upper_Peninsula: In praise of black flies, long winters September 12, 2010 - Jon Saari

Civil disobedience, ‘Yooper’_style has lengthy history June 13, 2010 - Jon Saari

Defining the value of environmental_advocacy  May 2, 2010 - Jon Saari

Planned Kennecott_highway is not a woodland road  February 7, 2010 - Jon Saari

Mining_ballot_initiative raises real, not disguised, issues  October 29, 2009 - By JON SAARI

Woodland_Road_opposed, Mine access route September 29, 2009 - By JOHANNA BOYLE Journal Ishpeming Bureau

UPPCO Land Sales May Put Former U.P. Recreation Areas Off-Limits - Updated April 2008

Metallic Sulfide Mining Update - April 2008

See UPEC HOME page for current events!

2014 Celebrate the UP Hosted by UPEC

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Past Issues & Events Highlighted in 2010:

January 2010:

**Saturday January 16, 2010: UPEC Board Meeting, Baraga.

Sunday Jan 31 at 9pm, & Feb 1st at 1pm on WNMU TV channel 13: Film Celebrating Wolf Moose Exploration on Isle Royale to Air on WNMU TV
 –For the past fifty years, scientists have been observing
the delicate balance among wolves, moose and climate on Michigan's Isle Royale National Park .   Filmmaker George Desort spent over four years gathering material from this unique ecosystem for Fortunate Wilderness, a film that will be airing on Sunday, January 31 at 9 pm ET on Marquette’s WNMU, Channel 13.  Repeats Monday, February 1 at 1 pm. Anchored in the Northwest depths of Lake Superior, Isle Royale is one of America’s last remaining wild places.  Inhospitable waters isolate the island from the mainland, making it a difficult yet ideal environment for discovery.  Explore this wilderness island with renowned wolf biologists Rolf Peterson and John Vucetich as they attempt to make sense of this complex, fascinating relationship. "The Isle Royale wolf-moose research project is iconic in the world of predator-prey studies.  George Desort's film 'Fortunate Wilderness' …relates the stories, personalities, and spirit of the people in this special place studying these amazing critters." Doug Smith, Yellowstone National Park. 
                    About George Desort  

George Desort is an independent filmmaker working in Chicago, Illinois.   After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison he taught skiing in Aspen, Colorado for ten years, and then returned to Columbia College in Chicago and earned a BFA.  Desort spent three years in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan researching and collaborating on Fortunate Wilderness.  His nature photography and video work has been featured in National Geographic, Audobon Magazine, Backpacker, and the
Chicago Tribune. 
Trailer from the film can viewed here.



  Saginaw/Bay City on March 25, Escanaba on April 14, and Muskegon on May 4:  The Michigan Great Lakes Wind Council, a 29-member advisory body appointed by Governor Granholm to recommend policies related to offshore wind energy development in the state, is hosting a series of public meetings this spring to get input on its recommendations. The meetings will be held Saginaw/Bay City on March 25, Escanaba on April 14, and Muskegon on May 4. The council issued a report in September 2009 with criteria for identifying the least and most favorable areas for offshore wind energy development. For example, the most favorable areas must be at least six miles offshore and avoid shipping lanes, sensitive fish and wildlife habitats, etc. The five largest most favorable areas are located in southern Lake Michigan near Berrien County, northern Lake Michigan near Delta and Mackinac Counties, outer Saginaw Bay, and Lake Huron near Sanilac County. In addition, the council has provided input on a proposed legislative framework for the siting and regulation of offshore wind energy systems on the state’s Great Lakes bottomlands. For more information on the meetings and the council’s recommendations, visit www.michiganglowcouncil.org

April 2010:

Monday, April 12, 2010 Marquette Peter While Library at 7pm: video "Blue Gold: World Water Wars" shown by the The Marquette Citizens for Peace and Justice, who suggest all groups view this video. This award winning documentary directed by Sam Bozzo is based on the book "Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water" by Maude Barlow and Tony Clark. The film examines the problems created by the privatization and commoditization of water. Water is a basic human right, the right to survive. "Blue Gold" reports on various powers trying to take control of the public's water for profit and control.

April 14 in Escanaba and May 4 in Muskegon:  see above about The Michigan Great Lakes Wind Council public meetings.

Monday, October 18th: MQT County Road Commission Meeting
The MCRC will announce it’s DECISION on whether to pursue the development of Kennecott's 'woodland haul road' on Monday, 10/18/10, 6:30 pm at the Ishpeming Township Hall, US 41 W, across from Cenex. Public comment is encouraged at this time! For more information, click here

November 3, 2010, 9:30am-3:30pm:  The Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development (UP RC&D) Council is pleased to present RRIP-IT-UP's 1st Annual UP-wide Conference on Invasive Plant Management: Partnerships for Control and Restoration. RRIP-IT-UP stands for Rapid Response Invasive Plant Intervention Team for the Upper Peninsula. The event will take place on November 3, 2010 at the Peter White Public Library in downtown Marquette, beginning at 9:15 am until 3:30 pm. The conference seeks to bring together land managers, natural resource professionals, conservation district staff, tribal members, representatives from agency and non-governmental organizations, and other interested individuals, in order to exchange information on invasive plant species and share their own unique knowledge gained in the field. RRIP-IT-UP is a two year project funded in part by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, whose goals include establishing Rapid Response Teams in conservation districts across the UP. Speakers will be discussing the following: Climate Effects on Potential Invasions of Non-Native Plants in the Upper Great Lakes; Use Permits for Controlling Invasive Plants along State Highway Rights of Way; MDOT's Control Efforts Across the UP; Bio-control Options for Eurasian Water Milfoil & Purple Loosestrife; Methods for Treatment of Invasive Plants; Utilizing Multi-Criteria Risk Models to Monitor Invasive Plants; Landscape Alternatives for Invasive Plants; Controlling Spotted Knapweed in Great Lakes Dune Systems: Herbicide Efficacy and Non-target Impacts; The Garlic Mustard Challenge; Forming Stewardship Clusters in the UP, and much more. In addition, there will be time to network with your peers who are working on similar projects.  The registration materials for the conference are attached to this email. The deadline to register is October 27, 2010. If you have questions, or need additional information, please contact:
Darcy Rutkowski at 906-226-7487, Ext. 101
or by email at darcy.rutkowski@rcdnet.net.

November 4, 2010:
The 2nd Annual Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival will be held in Marquette on November 4, 2010. Numerous films will be screened each with useful messages about different environmental issues we face locally and globally. This year the hosts, Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, Downwind Sports, and Students For Sustainable Living, are offering films over one evening starting at 6:00pm in room 103 of Jamrich Hall, on the campus of Northern Michigan University. Food, displays, and speakers will be featured throughout the event, all focusing on Marquette County's solutions to issues such as climate change, food security, and water quality. Tickets for adults are $8, students are $2, and kids under 18 are free. For more information and to view movie clips, visit www.yellowdogwatershed.org or call 906-345-9223.

November 10, 2010, 6:00 pm: Friends of the Land of Keweenaw, FOLK, Annual General Membership meeting at the Portage Library (on the Houghton waterfront) Community Room.

November 12-14, 2010: “2010 International Conference on Sustainability: The interactions between Energy-Economy-Environment”

This conference, hosted by Local Future, will be held Friday, Nov 12 to Sunday, Nov 14 at Calvin College in Grand Rapids.

It will feature keynote talks by Nicole Foss, (Stoneleigh of The Automatic Earth), Dr. Joseph Tainter (author of "The Collapse of Complex Societies"), Steve Keen (author of "Debunking Economics" and winner of the Revere Award), Richard Douthwaite (author of "The Ecology of Money"), David Korowicz (director of the Risk/Resilience Network), Chris Bedford (president of the Center for Economic Security), and Aaron Wissner (president of Local Future).

November 16, 2010, 7:00 pm: Public info meeting on the Copperwood Mine project at the Wakefield VFW Hall

November 17, 2010, 7:00 pm: Public info meeting on the Copperwood Mine project  at Gogebic Community College, Ironwood

December 2, 2010, 6:00 pm, CopperWood Mine info meeting: Thursday in the Ford Center at Alberta:
UPEC sponsored
meeting with Dave Anderson updating us on the CopperWood Mine project. Guests invited!
Mr. Dave Anderson, Project Coordinator for Orvana Resources US Corp, will be giving a presentation on the proposed Copperwood Mine located outside of Wakefield Michigan. Informative public meeting with info about the copper/silver mine proposed near Wakefield/White Pine, Michigan:
from Orvana's webpage: "In September and October 2008, Orvana’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Orvana Resources US Corp., entered into mineral leases covering 712 hectares (1,759 acres), now referred to as Copperwood. This area is located in the Upper Peninsula (UP) of the State of Michigan some 30 kilometres southwest of the inactive White Pine Mine where over 1.7 million tonnes of copper and over 4.5 million ounces of silver were produced between 1953 and 1996...."

Anderson will discuss the Copperwood Project and the Environmental Summary of Work to Date. Dave has a Bachelor of Science from Northland College in Environmental Studies. For over 20 years Mr. Anderson has been providing environmental consulting for government agencies, tribes and environmental organizations. Mining experience has included extensive research and consulting on the White Pine Mine and Crandon Project. Mr. Anderson currently sits on the Gogebic County Conservation District Board of Directors, Western UP Citizen Advisory Committee and Walleyes for Tommorow Board of Directors. Past clients include The Nature Conservancy (MI & WI), Department of Defense, International Paper, Orvana Minerals, Gogebic County, USEPA and many others. (ORVANA'S HISTORY: Orvana's website states that the company is a low-cost gold producer with significant growth opportunities and a strong balance sheet. Orvana owns and operates the Don Mario Mine in Eastern Bolivia and is developing two promising assets: the recently acquired El Valle-Boinás/Carlés gold-copper project in Northern Spain and the Copperwood copper project in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, United States.)


Past Issues & Events Highlighted in 2009:

Saturday, March 29th, 2009:
UPEC sponsored

with a number of key speakers and group booths in 3 different locations at 3 corners, Marquette.


Celebrate the U.P.! Saturday, March 28th, 2009
Join the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition in a FREE celebration of what’s great about the U.P. A full day of speakers at the three corners where Ridge and Front Sts. intersect in downtown Marquette, MI.

Mining Expert, Jack Parker, to Speak on Proposed Kennecott Project, July 22, 7 pm
Jack Parker is a mining industry icon and rock mechanics expert and will be discussing Kennecott's proposed Eagle mine project on the Yellow Dog Plains. The event will be held at the Powell Township School Gymnasium in Big Bay and is sponsored by the Concerned Citizens of Big Bay.


May 6 & 7, 2009:
UPEC co-sponsored a "Sustainable Keweenaw" event in Hancock, MI.
Two representatives from Wisconsin's /Alliance for
Sustainability/ spoke to 60 people at a public meeting about their
community's experiences building eco-communities. The speakers
also addressed a breakfast meeting of government and business
leaders about the benefits of considering sustainability in
municipal and business decisions. The discussions resulted in
interest groups being formed to work on improving school food and
energy-efficient municipal lighting throughout the Keweenaw
peninsula. A steering committee of community leaders is being
formed to encourage other actions in the region.

National Trails Day is June 6th!

PLEASE get out there and help improve or build trails in your area! Contact local trail organizations and ask what you can do. Make this an annual project for you and your family or organization.
Some local trails:

  • North Country Trail, Peter Wolf Chapter (Western UP)
  • North Country Trail, NCTHC (Central UP)
  • North Country Trail, Grand Marais Chapter, UP
  • North Country Trail, HSS, (Eastern UP)
  • Noquemanon Trail Network: in Marquette County
  • Pictured Rock National Park Trails need volunteers
  • Keweenaw Trails: Silent Sport Network in Western UP
    ALSO, check your local State & National Parks Trails
  • Come Paddle With Save the Wild UP
    "Paddle Independence" will take place
    Saturday, June 6 on beautiful Lake Independence in Big Bay. Please paddle with us if you can, but if graduations and weddings are keeping you on the road, you can join us in the fundraising effort. Log onto  http://www.savethewildup.org/
  • The public is invited to a presentation on invasive plants of the Ottawa National Forest.
      When: Tuesday, June 9, 8:30 AM central time.
      Where: Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center in Watersmeet, Michigan. At the intersection of US 2 and US 45.
      What: Slide show and live samples of invasive plants that are harming natural areas in the Northwoods. Invasive plants to be covered include garlic mustard, Japanese barberry, exotic honeysuckle, exotic buckthorn, purple loosestrife, Eurasian water-milfoil, European swamp thistle, and lesser-known new invaders such as garden valerian and wild chervil. The emphasis will be terrestrial plants.
      After the presentation everyone is invited to come on a field tour of some invasive plant infestations in Gogebic County. You will need to arrange for your own transportation, however.
    Please come, learn how to identify the worst of the invasive plants, and start reporting new infestations!
      Ian Shackleford, Botanist
    Ottawa National Forest
    E 6248 US 2, Ironwood, MI 49938
    (906) 932-1330 ext. 331, ishackleford@fs.fed.us

Celebrate Lake Superior Day
Sunday, July 19, 2009

Lake Superior Day was started in the early 1990s to highlight the importance of this great water body to the basin’s environment
and economy. The Lake Superior Binational Forum promotes this basin-wide event to highlight the special connections people have to this unique water body.

This year the theme “Let’s Go Fly a Kite!” symbolizes clean energy sources such as wind power. Organize your group or family to fly a kite at your favorite beach or park on July 19. Click here for more information and downloadable materials about flying a kite on Lake Superior Day.


On Lake Superior Day, July 19th, a walk supporting the removal of the barrels of waste and also protesting such dumping will take place in Ontonagon. Everyone is invited to join the march and to write to Michigan’s Congressional delegation about the issue.
Our Drinking Water may be at Risk!


North Woods Native Plant Society

Sunday, July 19

paddle your canoe or kayak with Sue Trull, botanist with the Ottawa National Forest
Details to follow Monday.

Michigan Green Chemistry Awards Program :
The Michigan Green Chemistry Awards Program is a program established by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to recognize innovations in green chemistry. Entries due by July 15, 2009 to the State of Michigan:



Application Packet Application Packet



North Woods Native Plant Society sponsors:
9:30 am (eastern) Saturday, July 25

Cost $10 for the Old Victoria portion of the tour
This trip with Ian Shackleford, will combine a guided tour of Old Victoria (Ontonagon County) with an exploration of the native wildflowers throughout the settlement area. There are some special microclimates we will explore. Old Victoria is a copper mine ghost town, built in 1899, abandoned in 1921, and restored in the 1970s. The site features several hand-hewn log cabins from the mining era, complete with antique furniture from the era. The tour will be hosted jointly by the North Woods Native Plant Society and The Society for the Restoration of Old Victoria. Participants will learn about both local wildflowers and local history.

The tour will begin at the cabins at Old Victoria, then hike along the North Country Trail to an overlook above Victoria Reservoir, and finally visit the ruins of the Victoria mine site. Total hiking distance is approximately three miles. Cost is $10 for adults, with all proceeds helping support the non-profit Society for the Restoration of Old Victoria. Children ages 6-12 are $5, age 5 and under free. The tour will last approximately three hours. The tour will be led by Patty Pattison, Director of the Old Victoria Heritage Site. Ian Shackleford, Botanist with the Ottawa National Forest, will help identify the local wildflowers.

DIRECTIONS: Old Victoria is located 30 minutes south of Ontonagon, MI and 30 minutes north of Bruce Crossing, MI. Take US-45 to Rockland, Michigan, then turn west on the Victoria Dam Road.

WHAT TO BRING: Hiking boots, water, and lunch. The trail is steep and uneven in places. Optional items include insect repellant and camera. For more information, or for car pool options from Ironwood, please call Ian Shackleford at 906-932-1330 extension 331.

The North Woods Native Plant Society is a group of professional and amateur botanists interested in learning about and preserving the native plants and ecosystems of the western U.P. and northern Wisconsin. We plan free field trips to special places every summer. The trips are open to folks at all levels of botanical knowledge. Feel free to forward this message to anyone you think may be interested. We email details of each trip 10 - 14 days before the trip. If you wish to be added to or removed from this list, please notify Sherry Zoars at nwnpsociety@gmail.com/ <mailto:nwnpsociety@gmail.com>

The Society for the Restoration of Old Victoria offers tours daily during the summer. The July 25 tour is the same, but with the added discussion of the local wildflowers. The Visitor Center is open daily through Labor Day, 11 AM to 5 PM eastern time. For more information on Old Victoria, please visit <http://www.oldvictoria.net/>, or call 906-886-2617.


Join the Rally for Clean Energy Jobs!
More dirty coal-fired power plants will jeopardize Michigan's clean energy future. Join the rally to keep new coal plants out of Michigan and turn around our economy.

Wednesday, July 29th  12pm
Check out businesses and organizations
working for a clean energy future in Michigan
1:30pm Music
Speakers talk about why Michigan is at a energy
crossroads and why it's critical that we decide
to invest in clean energy, not dirty coal
4pm More Music
Lansing Capitol Steps & Lawn

For more info, visit www.cleanenergynowmi.org
Or call (248) 549-6213 or (517) 484-2372


AUGUST 2009:

Fun on the Plains:
Protect the Earth Gathering is set for August 1-2 in Marquette and on the Yellow Dog Plains. Workshops, food, speakers, music, dance, movie, ceremony drum ceremony and walk to Eagle Rock on the Yellow Dog Plains.



Great Lakes Walk, Paddle and Roll
Fundraising Event, August 22
Join Save the Wild UP, Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve and Freshwater Future in a Great Lakes Walk, Paddle, and Roll Fundraising event, which culminates with a 20-mile off road mountain biking adventure 10am on Saturday, August 22 in Big Bay, near Marquette. All funds raised will be used to support environmental outreach and educational activities and similar efforts around the Great Lakes region.

Aug 22 North Woods Native Plant Society at Esrey Park, Keweenaw (Eagle Harbor, MI)- Colleen Matula, Joan Chadde

Aug 29 -
North Woods Native Plant Society at MI Botanical Club mini-foray at Univ. of Mich. Biological Station (Pellston, MI)

9-4 Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29 & 30. _Gratiot Lake Conservancy workshop on Aquatic plants and invasives_. http://www.mlswa.org/Gratiot-Lake-1508/AquaticPlantWrkshp09.htm

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    Sierra Club Photo Contest Celebrates the Yellow Dog Watershed!
    The Central Upper Peninsula Group of the Sierra Club is sponsoring a photo contest to celebrate the beauty of the Yellow Dog River Watershed. Do you have favorite photographs of the area? Enter them in the contest for a chance to win prizes and help make everyone aware how special this area is. Enter by
    August 28, 2009
    For Information Click Here

September 2009:

Friday, September 11; The Lake Superior Binational Forum invites you to a Public Meeting and Input Session
“Managing Lake Superior’s Parks and Protected Areas”
Friday, September 11, 2009 Community Center in Grand Marais, Michigan 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Who Should Attend?
The input session is intended for local elected officials, local government leaders, area business owners and operators, church leaders, recreational groups, and residents who enjoy parks and protected areas, and who want to give input about important environmental concerns in the eastern Upper Peninsula.
Registration: This event is free and open to the public without need to register.
The Binational Forum holds four meetings a year in host communities around the basin to hear comments about issues related to Lake Superior. This meeting will focus on issues related to environmental and economic impacts on state and federal parks and protected areas. Speakers from several Upper Peninsula parks and protected areas will describe challenges that are affecting the health of the parks including climate change, invasive species, and user impacts. Join Gregg Bruff from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Jim Ozenberger with the Hiawatha National Forest, and managers with The Nature Conservancy to learn what’s threatening the lakeshore, regional forests, and private rural lands in the region and what the public users of these lands cans do to reduce threats.
Time for public comments about other topics related to the land and waters of Lake Superior will also be scheduled, and public comments are welcomed.
The Forum’s U.S. Coordinator can be reached at (715) 682-1489; lradke@northland.edu
For more information about the Binational Forum please visit www.superiorforum.org

The Lake Superior Binational Forum is a citizen stakeholder group of U.S. and Canadian volunteers who work together to provide input to governments about lakewide management and to educate basin residents about ways to protect and restore the basin’s natural resources.
The Forum is located in the United States at Northland College in Ashland, WI, and funded in the U.S. by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office. The Canadian Forum office is at EcoSuperior in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and funded by Environment Canada.


Sun. Sep 13 - North Woods Native Plant Society at _Limestone Mtn_ near Baraga, MI - Ian Shackleford, Sue Trull,


Sat Sept 19, Michigan Coastal Cleanup
The North Woods Conservancy (NWC) is the coordinator for Baraga, Houghton, and Keweenaw Counties. Contact Jane or John Griffith 906 337-0782 / northwoodsconservancy@hughes.net
What: The Michigan Coastal Cleanup, part of an international effort to pick up trash on beaches around the world.
When: The official date is Saturday September 19 from 9 am to noon, but Beach Captains can choose any date and time for their particular site.
Where: Beaches around the Keweenaw Peninsula (Baraga, Houghton, and Keweenaw Counties), including Lake Superior and inland lakes and rivers.
How: Join a group at an already-adopted beach, or become the Beach Captain for a beach that is special to you.
The idea is simple: pick up trash at local beaches, and record the amounts and types of each trash item so garbage sources can be identified and hopefully terminated – this is how the bottle bill was passed. It’s a good reason to stretch your legs, enjoy the beautiful fall weather, and see some gorgeous coastal scenery.
You can sign up by contacting the NWC (see above) or by stopping at the Ahmeek Streetcar Station (4 miles north of Calumet on US 41; 4-8 pm weekdays and 10 am to 9 pm weekends). A master map, bags, gloves, aerial site maps, and data forms are available at the Streetcar Station.


Sept 26 - North Woods Native Plant Society at Public Lands Day - near Marenisco, MI

Sept 28, 6:00 South Road Meeting
Ask questions and offer comments about Kennecott’s proposed “south road” from the not-yet-permitted Eagle Project to the Humboldt Mill, Monday, September 28, 6:00 at the Ishpeming Township Hall.
Full Press Release

October 2009:

October 19th, 2009 The Marquette Road Commission will accept written comments up to their October 19 meeting on the 4 miles of improvement to the county road that Kennecott is offering to pay for so they will have an all season road leading to their proposed new mine site. For more info on this issue, see Full Press Release

The address for written comments:

Mr. Darryll L. Sundberg, Chair
Marquette County Road Commission
1610 N. Second Street
Ishpeming, MI 49849


October 16-18, 2009, in Marquette: Nature Mapping Program training: The Nature Mapping Program, developed by the University of Washington, is a program designed to empower citizens and organizations to gather useful information regarding the biota in their communities. This information is incorporated into a central database which can be used at any level to inform the public, assess biodiversity, design research programs, stimulate community involvement, direct conservation planning, etc.. Examples of how groups have used the Nature Mapping Program include schoolchildren documenting the diversity of stream macroinvertebrates for science class projects, neighborhood groups participating in bird counts, or non-profit organizations inventorying the flora and fauna of landholdings for program development or biodiversity assessments. The benefit is that is can be used for a variety of your own projects, and is easy to use.
Additional information can be found at the Nature Mapping website: http://depts.washington.edu/natmap/

Please contact them if you have any additional questions about the upcoming training, or to register. The cost for registration is only $25, and includes 3 days of training and lunches. phone (906) 273-0387, or you can contact the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve office at (906) 345-9223.

October 22-23, 2009 Smart, Green and Clean: 21st Century Water Management in the Great Lakes
A Clean Water Network Regional Caucus
Co-sponsored by Citizens Campaign for the Environment
Hyatt Regency Buffalo; Buffalo, New York Registration is $65 and includes all caucus materials, continental breakfast on both days, and a lunch and an evening reception on the 22nd. A draft agenda is posted on our website.
To register, fill out the
registration form on the CWN website.
For more information, please contact Jennifer Peters at 202-547-4208 or jenniferpeters@cwn.org

November 2009:

November 5th and 6th: Premier of the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival! This two night event will take place in Jamrich 103 on the campus of NMU. The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, Downwind Sports, and Students Acting to Save MI's Water are glad to be able to bring this exciting event to Marquette, one of 100 venues nationwide to participate. Doors open at 6pm and show starts at 6:30pm. Tickets are available in advance at Downwind Sports or at the door.
Visit www.yellowdogwatershed.org for more info!

FOLK Annual Meeting! November 12, 2009:
FOLK, Friends of the Land of Keweenaw, will hold their Annual General Membership meeting Thursday, Nov 12th, in the Community Room of the Portage Lake District Library on the waterfront in downtown Houghton.
6:00 pm Filmmaker George Desort* will speak on the topic: Expectations of Thresholds with question and answer period to follow.
7-8 pm FOLK General Membership meeting. Annual report and the year in review will be presented by the board. The MiWater Ballot Initiative will also be discussed, including what we can ALL do to help get it on the November, 2010 ballot.
Refreshments will be served.
*George Desort, Chassell, is an independent filmmaker who recently released his film Fortunate Wilderness about the wolf and moose study of Isle Royale.
Trailer from the film can viewed here.

Tuesday, November 17; a program titled "The Poetry and Practicalities of Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula" presented by Eric Hansen -- author of Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula -- A Guide to the Greatest Hiking Adventures in the U.P. Eric Hansen will present a slide tour of the Upper Peninsula’s best hikes and offer his thoughts on the land, its compelling themes and its almost mythic place in the imagination of people throughout the Midwest. Eric hiked over nine hundred miles in researching his book. He found miles of quiet Lake Superior shoreline, thumping waterfalls and sparkling cascades, and high rock balconies with knock-your-socks-off views that stretch 50 miles and more. Hansen will cover hidden gems like Shining Cloud Falls and the fabled Falls of the Yellow Dog as well as scenic viewpoints like the Trap Hill’s Norwich Bluff and the Tip of the Keweenaw’s Bare Bluff. You can find a radio interview featuring Eric commenting on the UP here: http://www.wuwm.com/programs/lake_effect/view_at10.php?articleid=57 (drag audio bar to 17 minute, 50 second mark for Hansen’s segment).
No membership is required to attend. Newcomers are welcome to this family-friendly, public event, which begins at 7:30 pm at the lovely Matthaei Botanical Gardens (map here - directions below).
After the presentation, you are invited to stay for refreshments and to mingle with friendly people who share your interest in nature. You can learn about local Sierra Club activities like hiking, backpacking, skiing, Inner City Outings and our conservation projects.

Save the Wild UP Annual Social/Fundraiser
Thursday, NOVEMBER 12th at the UpFront & Company
Speakers, Food, Music, Silent Auction

Kennecott Humboldt Mill Public Hearing
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a consolidated public hearing on the Kennecott Humboldt Mill Project at Westwood High School Auditorium, 300 Westwood Dr., Ishpeming, MI 49849, on December 1, 2009, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Full Information for Humboldt Meeting

Public Informational Meeting
Monday, November 30
Marquette Room, University Center (south entrance near hospital)
5:30 – General Coalition Meeting
6:30 – Humboldt (Public Hearing) Informational Meeting – Bring your questions/comments on the permit.

A recent press release from the desk of Sen. Mike Prusi, along with several Upper Peninsula Democrats, blasts the MiWater committee ballot proposal that aims at protecting Michigan’s water resources. Respond to your representatives… Email, call, write, let them know where the U.P. stands.
TAKE ACTION: Save The Wild U.P.

December 2009:

DNR has invited UPEC to send a rep to their Dec. 8 meeting at the Munising-Wetmore Area Super 8 Motel from 6:30p.m -to 8p.m. They have developed a list of wildlife species to focus their habitat management efforts on state lands. Comments can also be submitted in writing.

MEC: Annual Member Meeting Friday, December 11, beginning at 8:30 am. The meeting will take place at the Bengel Wildlife Center in Bath and the quarterly board meeting will begin at 3:00 pm, immediately following adjournment of the member meeting. Our meeting lunchtime speaker is Bruce Rasher, Transition Manager for the merger of the MDNR and the DEQ. The majority of the morning and afternoon sessions will focus on building a "Vision of Michigan 2060." The MEC Staff has put together a "draft" vision that will be presented for your input and discussion. Your participation is necessary for a more complete picture and unified vision to help guide our program areas, goals and policy objectives.

December 15: Applications for the UPEC 2009 Environmental Education grant due!



A few Issues previous to 2009:

Wildfire Destroys Oren Krumm Shelter on North Country Trail - May 2007

Wolf Study Comments - January 2006

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