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.


Regional environmental groups are celebrating the news that a disputed Wetlands Permit for a planned mine close to the Menominee River has been denied by a Michigan Administrative Law Judge, concluding a two-year contested case. On Thursday, January 14 at 7:00 pm EST, the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition’s “This Is It!” livestream series will explore the background and future implications of this important ruling in “A Win for Wetlands!”

In 2018, the state of Michigan sparked controversy when it approved the mining company’s Wetlands Permit over the objections of professional regulatory staff who were prepared to deny the permit. Environmental groups appealed, and in a January 4 ruling the Administrative Law Judge canceled the permit, essentially blocking, and perhaps killing, a project that would have posed grave pollution threats to wetlands and the waters of the Menominee River.

“This decision is a thoughtful, clear-eyed rebuke of this project,” said UPEC President Horst Schmidt. “The company’s approach to permitting the proposed mine has been hasty and incompetent, and reveals a disregard for Michigan’s natural resources. The decision demonstrates that the Wetland Permit was subject to denial for dozens of reasons.”

“A Win for Wetlands!” is an interactive panel discussion featuring four people who have been fighting the project for years: Al Gedicks of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council, Dale Burie of the Coalition to Save the Menominee, Guy Reiter of Menikanaehkem, and Kathleen Heideman of the Mining Action Group.

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With your hosts Horst Schmidt and Evan Zimmermann

Wednesday, December 30, 2020, 7 pm EST, livestreamed via Facebook and Zoom (links below)

· A red hot election season…

· A wild president…

· The coronavirus…

· A worldwide pandemic…

It’s been a year like nothing ever before! What did it all mean … and where are we going in 2021? Join us on December 30th for a review of environmental issues from a UPEC perspective.


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With Joe Hovel, Partners in Forestry and the Northwood Alliance

Thursday, December 10, 2020, 7 pm EST, livestreamed via Facebook and Zoom (links below)

“Let’s Talk” is the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition livestream program that looks at how we, the people, can build sustainable communities in the UP. Our next program will be a conversation between Joe Hovel of Partners in Forestry and the Northwood Alliance, and Horst Schmidt, President of UPEC. Hovel will talk about Northwoods Forest Conservation: A Handbook, a new, free 66-page publication that provides practical advice for landowners who want to manage their forested property in an ecologically sound way. The handbook shares reflections from Northwoods conservation practitioners and landowners, assembles tools and resources for forest conservation, and celebrates completed projects. The handbook is free for the asking (donations gratefully accepted; see links below). Mike Dombeck, a former chief of the U.S. Forest Service, says, “I have not seen a more inspiring, practical, and easy-to-read ‘how-to’ guide to common-sense sustainable forest land conservation practices. Northwoods Forest Conservation: A Handbook is an must-read for all who depend upon and care about forests.” Hovel will also talk about other recent projects, such as the new Community Forest at Wildcat Falls.

About Joe Hovel

Joe Hovel has been a tireless advocate for Northwoods land conservation practices for decades. He is president of Partners in Forestry Cooperative and a passionate leader for Northwood Alliance where he continually strives to inspire the next generation of conservationists. His years of conservation-related activity are grounded in a passion for the innumerable reasons to protect the environment for future generations. He has negotiated, acquired, and transferred lands for conservation as well as carried out numerous other conservation practices. Following a long career in value-added forestry and woodworking, he is working to demonstrate that sustainable forestry and conservation are one and the same in practice.

Ordering the Handbook

There is no charge to request the handbook, but donations are welcome to help offset costs. To order, send an email with your name and mailing address to nwa@nnex.net or partnersinforestry@gmail.com, or else call Northwood Alliance at 715-479-8528. To donate, visit https://www.northwoodalliance.org/donations.

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