UPEC Livestreams: Keeping you connected with the UP environment

Our series of livestreams, co-hosted by Board President Horst Schmidt and Vice President Evan Zimmermann, keeps you up-to-date with environmental issues facing the Upper Peninsula.

Please note: as of November 2021, you can view all archived recordings of the livestreams anytime on UPEC’s Facebook page. Earlier posts below link to UPEC’s YouTube channel, which is no longer being used for this purpose.

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How do your food choices impact your local community? Alex Palzewicz will explain the environmental impact the food industry creates and provide resources to help you connect to local food in your community.


Alex Palzewicz has over 13 years of food service experience and a bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management from Northern Michigan University. Today she works as both the UP Local Food Coordinator for Taste the Local Difference and as the Market Manager for the U.P. Food Exchange Online Marketplace.


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Wolves are perhaps the most controversial wildlife species in North America today, inspiring strong feelings both for and against. On Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 pm EST, the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition will livestream a presentation by Nancy Warren, one of the region’s leading advocates for wolves. Her talk, “The Big Bad Wolf; Or is It?” will cover the positive aspects of wolves, the recent ruling taking the species off the federal Endangered Species List, what that delisting means for wolves, and the pending lawsuits aiming to reverse the decision. She will feature many photos taken with her trail cameras on her property.


Warren’s passion for wolves began nearly 30 years ago when she learned there were a handful of wolves in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She sought to improve human tolerance through education. Since that time she has volunteered her time giving wolf education programs at schools and for various organizations throughout northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. She currently serves as the Executive Director for the National Wolfwatcher Coalition, a nationwide all-volunteer organization. Warren previously held a seat on Wisconsin’s Wolf Stakeholders Committee and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wolf Roundtable, which was charged with developing the guiding principles for the Michigan Wolf Management Plan. She also served as a board member and past President of UPEC.


She lives in Ewen and has welcomed and adapted to having wolves and other wild animals frequent her property, which was placed under a conservation easement, insuring its protection for future generations.


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All Pipelines Considered,” a discussion with Dr. Phil Bellfy of the numerous planned and existing fossil fuel pipelines in the Upper Midwest and Great Plains. Bellfy is the State Chair of the Keep Our Lakes Great Ballot Committee that circulated a petition to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5, which crosses the Upper Peninsula and the Straits of Mackinac. He is also Professor Emeritus of American Indian Studies, Michigan State University, and an enrolled member of the White Earth Band of Minnesota Chippewa. Recently, he, and other American Indians, submitted a "Rule 19 Joinder" petition to the federal court dealing with the Enbridge v. Whitmer case over the future of Line 5. Bellfy will also talk about Enbridge’s Line 3, Keystone XL, and other controversial pipelines from an Indigenous perspective.


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