Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Concerned citizens plan 3 days of protest against Graymont proposal, more, March 27, 28, 29

This photo shows part of the Graymont limestone mining proposal area, which includes public lands supporting wildlife and land managed for timber -- contiguous forest lands considered some of the most productive forest land in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. These lands are also within the 1836 Treaty of Washington Ceded Territory, which guarantees Anishinaabe people the right to hunt, fish, gather and hold ceremonies. (Photo courtesy Save the Wild U.P.)

MARQUETTE -- Beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 27, everyone who cares about the future ecological health of the Upper Peninsula is invited to join a protest against the proposed Graymont mine near Rexton, Mich., and to express other concerns -- like the Enbridge pipeline that is in disrepair under the Mackinac Bridge and the proposed Eagle Mine road (County Road 595) that would cut through a fragile ecosystem near Marquette.

Concerned citizens will meet at the rest stop on the UP side of the Mackinac Bridge at 9 a.m. each day for three consecutive days -- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 27, 28 and 29 -- to symbolize their deep concern about these issues.

Dr. Martin Reinhardt, a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and an assistant professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University, initiated this demonstration to cast a light on how the State of Michigan is violating the treaty rights of Michigan tribes and disenfranchising both tribal and non-tribal citizens from their right to clean air, water, and land.

"Governor Snyder and his band of misfit legislators and administrators are selling Michigan to the highest bidder," Reinhardt asserts. "It is high time that we the people remind them about our rights. We will be idle no more!"

Reinhardt says it is time for citizens to stand up and speak loudly about these serious issues that are impacting our communities now and in the future.

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and other tribes in Michigan have called on the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to reject Canadian mining company Graymont Inc.'s request to mine limestone on 10,000 acres of "state-owned" land in the Upper Peninsula near Rexton. This proposed activity would interfere with tribal rights to hunt, fish, gather, hold spiritual ceremonies, educate, and recreate in this area.* These rights are guaranteed by multiple treaties signed between the Anishinaabe Three Fires Confederacy of Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi and the United States of America. If it were not for these treaties, there would be no State of Michigan in the first place.

Reinhardt says he wants to be very clear that this is not a Native versus non-Native issue.

"Non-tribal citizens of the State are also exercising their treaty rights when they stand up to protect these lands," he notes. "Their leadership signed these treaties on their behalf and made solemn promises that they would protect these lands for the benefit of future generations."

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians points out that "this proposed Graymont mine would set a precedent where those who have enough money to influence elected officials can purchase vast tracts of land to further their corporate interests. The rights of Michigan citizens who use and enjoy this area shouldn't be traded for vague promises of economic prosperity."**

Reinhardt adds, "You simply cannot have a sustainable economy without a sustainable ecology."

Concerned citizens are encouraged to email the Michigan Department of Natural Resources with comments about the proposed Graymont mine and other related issues at: DNRGraymontProposalComments@michigan.gov.

"We hope that many people will join us as we pray, march, discuss issues, and sing in support of our Mother the Earth," Reinhardt says.

Dr. Martin Reinhardt can be reached at: martin@reinhardtassociates.net.

Inset photo: Dr. Martin Reinhardt. (File photo courtesy Dr. Martin Reinhardt)

* See our March 18, 2015, article, "Native American groups seek injunction against MDNR on Graymont land transfer proposal."

** See also our Feb. 22, 2015, article, "DNR Chief approves mineral rights exchange with Graymont but delays decision on 10,000-acre land transaction; residents, groups express opposition to Graymont project."

UPDATE: See the March 25 Press Release from Save the Wild U.P.: "U.P. Environmental Groups Criticize DNR’s Decision."

Friday, March 20, 2015

Michigan Tech's Center for Water and Society to host World Water Day events March 23-24

This Carrara Marble sculpture, "ladle 696," by Tom Rudd of Calumet, will be part of the "Texture of Water" Art Exhibit, opening in GLRC (Great Lakes Research Center) 201 on March 23 during the World Water Day celebration at Michigan Tech. Rudd says of his sculpture, "This piece was inspired by a small lake created by glacier runoff in the northern Rockies." (Photo courtesy Tom Rudd)

HOUGHTON -- Michigan Tech's Center for Water and Society (CWS) will celebrate World Water Day with several events next Monday and Tuesday, March 23-24, in the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC). The 2015 World Water Day theme is Water and Sustainable Development.

Here is the schedule:

4 p.m. Monday, March 23, in GLRC (Great Lakes Research Center) 202: Dr. Peter Goodwin, director of the Center for Ecohydraulics Research, University of Idaho, will present a lecture on "River Restoration and Flood Management." (Inset photo of Dr. Peter Goodwin courtesy Michigan Tech University)

Monday and Tuesday, March 23-24: CWS World Water Day Poster Competition, GLRC 1st Floor. Monday, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. -- Q and A with students.

3:30 p.m. Monday, March 23 in GLRC 201: Introduction to the "Texture of Water" Art Exhibit: Jamie Allen (painting), Tom Rudd (sculpture), Paul Rose (photography). The exhibit will run through the end of April.  

9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, in GLRC 202: Panel Discussion: "What role will dams play in future water resource management?"
Panelists:
Peter Goodwin -- Director, Center for Ecohydraulics Research, University of Idaho William Leder -- President, Copper Country Trout Unlimited and Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech
David Rulison -- Otter Lake Property Owners Association
Jim Pawloski -- Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Water Resources Division, Dam Safety (invited)

For more information, click here.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Panel discussion to be held in honor of Environmental Justice Day March 19

HOUGHTON -- A panel discussion will be held in honor of Environmental Justice Day from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in Ballroom B of the MUB (Memorial Union Building) on the Michigan Tech campus.

The panel speakers will be Wilma Subra, a chemist helping communities find justice in toxic environment; Jessica Koski, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community mining technical  assistant; and Linda Rulison, Friends of the Land of Keweenaw (FOLK) president. They will discuss their experiences working with communities facing environmental justice issues and their own motivation for taking action.

Combining technical research and evaluation, Wilma Subra provides technical assistance to citizens concerned with their environment -- both across the United States and some foreign countries. This information is then presented to community members so that strategies may be developed to address their local struggles.

Subra has just completed a seven-year term as Vice-Chair of the Environmental Protection Agency National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT), a five-year term on the National Advisory Committee of the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and a six-year term on the EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) where she served as a member of the Cumulative Risk and Impacts Working Group of the NEJAC Council, and chaired the NEJAC Gulf Coast Hurricanes Work Group.

Jessica Koski is Ojibwe from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. Jessica is an alumna of Michigan Technological University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences in 2009. After Michigan Tech, Jessica earned a Master's Degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. At Yale, Jessica’s focal area was Social Ecology and Environmental Policy, and her research examined indigenous environmental justice issues and activism in the western Great Lakes region.

Koski currently works for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community's Natural Resources Department as mining technical assistant. In this role, she is working to build the capacity of her tribal community to address mining in the Lake Superior basin and Upper Peninsula. From 2011-2014, she also served on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council’s Indigenous Peoples Working Group. In addition, Koski has been engaged as a community activist on mining issues for about eight years. This work has included organizing regional forums, assisting grassroots efforts, raising concerns at corporate shareholder meetings abroad, and elevating indigenous rights issues to the United Nations.

Linda Rulison, a retired middle/high school teacher of environmental and social studies, is interested in environmental justice on campus and in career paths. She became involved in local environmental issues with a group of citizens in 1989 and formalized the group as a 501(c)3 organization in 1990. She is currently the president of Friends of the Land of Keweenaw (FOLK).

This event is supported by the Parents' Fund of the Michigan Tech Fund, Michigan Tech's Students for Environmental Sustainability, the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach and the Michigan Tech Biology Department.

For more information contact Nicolette Slagle at nmslagle@mtu.edu.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Native American groups seek injunction against MDNR on Graymont land transfer proposal

By Michele Bourdieu

This wetland near Rexton, Mich. is within the area of the proposed Graymont limestone mining project -- an area that includes fragile wetlands and critical ecosystems. The proposed project is also within Native American ceded territory, which is under an 1836 Treaty that guarantees Native hunting, fishing and gathering rights. (Photo © and courtesy Steve Garske)

MARQUETTE, GRAND RAPIDS -- A group of American Indians from northern Michigan filed for an injunction today in federal court in Grand Rapids seeking to bar the Director of Michigan's Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), Keith Craegh, from approving a land transfer to Graymont Mining Company. If approved, the land transfer would be the largest transfer of land out of the public domain in Michigan's history -- over 11,000 acres would be affected.

According to the lead Plaintiff, Dr. Phil Bellfy, "The land subject to transfer is wholly within the 1836 Treaty of Washington Ceded Territory and subject to the conditions laid out in the 2007 Inland Consent Decree. It would be unconstitutional for the MDNR Director to transfer those lands as we -- American Indians -- have Treaty rights to "the usual privileges of occupancy" on those 11,000 acres. We are asking the Court to step in and preserve our Treaty rights and enjoin Mr. Craegh from transferring that land."

The phrase "the usual privileges of occupancy" is taken from Article XIII of the 1836 Treaty of Washington, and the extent of those "Article XIII Rights" was "conclusively resolved" by the 2007 Inland Consent Decree.

According to Idle No More, "Virtually all 'Land Cession' Treaties throughout the Upper Great Lakes region retain the right to hunt, fish, and gather on 'public lands.' The Courts have upheld these rights. Based on the language of the 1836 Treaty, for example, the 2007 Inland Consent Decree "is intended to resolve conclusively [Treaty Right] claims, and to provide for the protection of the resources in the 1836 Ceded Territory."*

Click here for the EX-PARTE MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION WITH SUPPORTING BRIEF.

Concerned groups, citizens write to MDNR Chief

"A foreign mining company wants to buy 10,000 acres of our public land?" said Kathleen Heideman, SWUP president. "By my calculation, that’s ten thousand great reasons to reject the deal." (Image courtesy Save the Wild U.P.)

A February 27, 2015, a collective letter of opposition from concerned groups and citizens in the Upper Peninsula to MDNR Chief Craegh urges him to reject the Graymont proposal.

"The Michigan Department of Natural Resources must manage and conserve public lands for public benefit," the letter states. "The Graymont proposal includes lands currently open to the public for hunting and recreational trails, lands supporting wildlife, and land managed for timber -- contiguous forest lands considered some of the most productive forest land in the Eastern Upper Peninsula."

This sale of public land to benefit a foreign mining company would be a great loss for Michigan's forest and tourism economies, the letter adds. It would displace existing limestone quarrying jobs as well as long-term forestry and tourism jobs and would be "devastating" for the environment.

"The sale of these lands interferes with Indian tribes' rights by having an adverse impact on fishing, hunting and gathering activities of tribal members under the 1836 treaty, as well as a lack of cultural inventory, and no plan for inadvertent discovery," the collective letter of opposition continues.

Graymont, a Canadian mining company, first submitted an application to purchase over 10,000 acres of public land from the MDNR in November of 2013. Graymont intends to construct surface limestone quarries and, eventually, an extensive underground mine.

The area under consideration includes fragile wetlands and critical ecosystems. These public lands support unique hydrology and biodiversity, including "karst" habitat identified in Michigan’s Natural Features Inventory, limestone features (cliffs, pavement, sinkholes, caves) and special ecologies uniquely adapted to limestone: bats reliant on limestone caves, globally-rare "alvar" plant communities, and limestone wetlands critical to the endangered Hine's Emerald Dragonfly, termed "one of North America's rarest dragonflies" by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The collective letter of opposition is signed by individual citizens as well as major groups, including the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition, Friends of the Land of Keweenaw’s Board of Directors, the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority, the Central U.P. Group of the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club, Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, Concerned Citizens of Big Bay, Save the Wild U.P., the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Students for Sustainability of Northern Michigan University, Northwoods Native Plant Society, Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination, Citizens Against the Rexton Project, Concerned Clergy of Marquette, the Marquette Unitarian Universalists Social Action Committee and multiple individual property owners in Trout Lake, Mich.**

"These are serious and unresolvable objections," said Alexandra Maxwell of Save the Wild U.P. (SWUP), who helped organize the collective letter of opposition. "Our message to Director Creagh is simple: don’t make this deal." According to Maxwell, Save the Wild U.P. has been following the developments of this project since Graymont submitted its application; SWUP and other groups have consistently attended public meetings and submitted commentary critical of this potential land sale. "Now a majority of environmental organizations and concerned citizens throughout the U.P. have reached a clear consensus -- the Graymont project must be stopped."

Aaron Payment, tribal chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, said he was glad to sign the letter.

"I know that the DNR has received hundreds and hundreds of letters, emails and calls from my Tribal Citizens in opposition to this mine as it would devastate our treaty right to the land," Payment writes. "The proposed action is a harbinger of what's to come. The DNR has admitted in smaller group meetings they oppose the deal so you have to wonder why they are prostituting our land by continuing to consider this deal. Ask yourself, if the DNR has made clear they are in opposition, who is directing them to proceed despite DNR professional staff objections? What or who is driving this proposal? During the Chippewa County group of the League of Women Voters' public session at the Bayliss Library in the Sault, the DNR admitted the input they received was well over 90 percent in opposition. If the vast majority oppose, who is selling you out and for how much?"

Sierra Club, Michigan Chapter: Public needs more time to comment

A March 15 update from the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club states, "Sierra Club opposes the large-scale sale of public lands for private development. The decision on this application may come as soon as March 19. However, the application has gone through so many revisions, so quickly, that the public has not had an adequate opportunity to comment on the proposed action. Graymont has submitted nine versions of the application, with five coming since January 5, 2015. This means that by the time the public has seen and read an application, there has often already been a new one submitted.

"The most recent application was released to the public on March 10, less than 10 days before a proposed decision. Sierra Club believes that regardless of the merits of the proposal, the public deserves to have a reasonable period of time to review and comment on the final version of the application. We are asking DNR Director Keith Creagh to allow the public at least 30 days to review a final application before he makes a decision."

Graymont Proposal not on agenda for Citizens Advisory Councils

Horst Schmidt of FOLK (Friends of the Land of Keweenaw) said he attended a joint meeting of the MDNR's U.P. Citizens Advisory Council (Eastern and Western U.P. councils) in Marquette on March 16, but the Graymont proposal was not on the agenda.

"Considering the importance of the Graymont deal, it is significant that it was not on the agenda, even though I had asked our chair to place it on the agenda," Schmidt told Keweenaw Now. "One member from the eastern council said the access provisions after the deal would be implemented, as explained to him by the DNR, were enough to satisfy him that it was acceptable. The DNR did not communicate anything to the eastern and western councils in toto about the nature of the provisions or anything at all about the Graymont transaction."

Schmidt also questioned Graymont's proposed royalty payments.

"Over and over, Graymont appears to be generous," Schmidt noted. "First with the royalty increase from 18.75 to 30 cents/ton of usable dolomitic limestone. Second, it can indicate they are significantly underpaying the state. Third, by so doing, they are robbing people of the State of Michigan of revenue that would go into the DNR's land trust. Finally, by appearing generous, they apparently must think that it is still profitable for them. What kind of profit margin would they being making? Unlike regular mining operations, there is much less risk for Graymont with a known limestone deposit."

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting Thursday, March 19, at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center, 104 Conservation Drive, in Roscommon. Following public comments, MDNR Director Creagh is scheduled to announce his decisions on several land transactions, including a revised land transaction application submitted by Graymont, Inc. For the agency's  background on Graymont’s proposals, visit the MDNR website at www.michigan.gov/graymontproposal.***

The MDNR is accepting written comment from the public concerning the newest revision of the Graymont proposal through Thursday, March 19.

"We strongly urge folks to review the facts," said SWUP's Maxwell, "and then write directly to Director Creagh, asking him to reject the Graymont land deal. Concerned citizens still have time to protect their public lands, in their own words."

Written commentary may be submitted to:
DNR-GraymontProposalComments@michigan.gov
 

Notes:

*Full texts of the Treaty and the Consent Decree can be found here: http://article32.org/

** Click here to read the Feb. 27 letter of opposition.

*** See also our Feb. 22, 2015, article, "DNR Chief approves mineral rights exchange with Graymont but delays decision on 10,000-acre land transaction; residents, groups express opposition to Graymont project."

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Carnegie Museum to host discussion on Keweenaw plants by Karena Schmidt March 17

Poster for the March 17 discussion on Keweenaw plants by Karena Schmidt, expert on natural plant communities and Michigan Tech's greenhouse manager. (Poster courtesy Carnegie Museum)

HOUGHTON -- Karena Schmidt, expert on natural plant communities and Michigan Tech's greenhouse manager, will lead a discussion on "Natural History and (un)natural future of plants in Keweenaw and Isle Royale" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at the Carnegie Museum. An introduction and refreshments, from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., will precede the lecture and discussion.

"Geologically, Isle Royale and the Keweenaw Peninsula reflect each other quite nicely," Schmidt explains. "Bedrock twins one could say. Botanically, too, the spare acidic soils maneuvered by glaciers are the substrate to a host of plants that manage to survive dynamic influences of Lake Superior. Historically humans, in their quest for cash, mined for copper and harvested magnificent old-growth forests; their actions radically altered the vegetative landscape, even more than a beaver or moose could ever dream. Isle Royale and the Keweenaw have recovered quite differently from these ventures for a variety of reasons we will explore. There is no end to the botanical delights that await discovery and understanding. Many plants here are western disjuncts, primarily having home base in the Pacific Northwest. Many arctic species reach their southern-most limit. Plants readily identified with more southerly climes reach their northern-most limit, putting down roots yet declaring thus far and no farther. Unique too are large and diverse populations of orchids, heathers and lichens all of which have evolved unique and admirable adaptations to abide in the spectacular Keweenaw terrain."

This event is part of the 2014-2015 Keweenaw Natural History Heritage seminar series at the Carnegie Museum.

Coming Tuesday, April 14: "Talking Rocks: Common Ground -- Geology in the Lake Superior Region and Native Americans." Come join the conversation as earth scientist Ron Morton and Native American elder Carl Gawboy -- wise men from two cultures -- explore the natural history of the Lake Superior region, examining both the science and the spirit of the land. For more information click here.

The Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw is located at Huron and Montezuma in downtown Houghton. Seminars are held in the recently restored Community Room on the ground level of this historic building. Lectures are free, open to the public, and barrier free (wheelchair accessible). For each monthly lecture, the museum will open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments; lectures and discussion from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, please contact the Museum by telephone (906-482-7140) or Email (history@cityofhoughton.com); find them on Facebook, or go to the Seminar Web-site.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Celebrate the UP! March 13-15 in Marquette

Poster courtesy Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC).

MARQUETTE -- The seventh annual Celebrate the UP! will be held Friday through Sunday, March 13-15, in Marquette. The public is invited to a wide range of presentations about the UP's environment, culture, and history on Friday evening and all day Saturday at the Landmark Inn, Peter White Public Library, the Federated Women’s Clubhouse, and the First United Methodist Church (the corners of Front and Ridge Streets). Sunday will be devoted to snowshoeing, socializing, and savoring this beautiful region. The events are free, although donations are appreciated.

John Davis, co-founder and Wildways advocate for Wildlands Network, will kick off the celebration at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Federated Women's Clubhouse with his vision for "Continental Wildways:  Reconnecting Natural Habitats for Wide-Ranging Species, Hikers, and Paddlers." Davis will challenge us to view the UP as an essential part of a larger east-west northern forest wildway characterized by a bio-diverse and healthy ecosystem.

Between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, 16 speakers will give a series of presentations on topics such as art, poetry, UP dialects, northern lights, loons, wilderness survival, and a birch basket weaving workshop. From 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., a panel discussion on "Predators and Ecosystems: The Connections" will take place in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church in Marquette. The panel will feature wildlife biologists, a forest ecologist, and predator advocates. A public reception will immediately follow at the Federated Women’s Clubhouse.

The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) sponsors Celebrate the UP!. This year the Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy (UPLC) has partnered with UPEC to include the "Over the River and Through the Woods" 5k Snowshoe Race/Trek. This event is Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., followed by a supper at the Ore Dock for participants. For more information, visit upenvironment.org and uplandconservancy.org. For Sunday's events, please register at uplandconservancy.org.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Portage Library, Reading Council to host kids' Pollinators and Poetry workshops March 14, 21, 28

 
This worker bee is carrying pollen on her legs. Kids, do you know why? (Photo © and courtesy Gustavo Bourdieu)

HOUGHTON -- Calling all junketeers! Kids in grades 1- 6 are invited to use recyclable materials and just plain ol’ junk to build all kinds of pollinators including bees, birds, bats, beetles, ants, butterflies, flies, moths and more and have fun writing poems about them at the Portage Lake District Library.

Pollinator-making workshops will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, March 14 and March 21, and from noon to 3 p.m. on March 28. Plenty of recyclable supplies and all manner of tape, glue, staplers, string, and dowels will be on hand for the construction. Kids are also encouraged to bring their own clean junk with them to the workshops.

On Saturday, March 14, Upward Bound students from Finlandia University will read stories about pollinators and show youtube videos about these important creatures. Upward Bound students will also read sample poems about pollinators to inspire kids as they begin to interact with and think about their own pollinator creations. Kids will have time during each session to write poems that describe the creatures they are creating.

Throughout this event, kids will learn why pollinators are important and what can be done to protect them. They may attend as many workshops as they choose in order to complete their creations and poems. On Saturday, April 4, from noon to 3 p.m., kids who participated in this workshop will give a performance at the library to introduce and describe their pollinators and read their poems. There will be a party afterwards to celebrate their accomplishments.

The pollinators and poems will be on display in the library during April in celebration of National Poetry Month.

This event is sponsored by the Copper Country Reading Council in partnership with Michigan River of Words and the Portage Lake District Library.

Library programs are free and everyone is invited. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 and ask for Chris.

Flatlanders Art Galleries to host exhibit of new work by Margo McCafferty, Tom Rudd and Ken Thompson, opening March 14

Poster and photos courtesy Tom Rudd.

CALUMET -- Flatlanders Art Galleries will host "Tables, Chickens and Fish," an exhibit of new work by Calumet artists Margo McCafferty and Tom Rudd and Blissfield sculptor Ken Thompson with an opening reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, in Blissfield, Mich. Flatlanders is at 11993 East US 223. The exhibit will continue through May 2, 2015.

Lake trout sculpture by Tom Rudd.

Visitors will see some superbly unique Tables by Ken Thompson, startling Chickens from Margo McCafferty, woodcuts and petite wooden dolls through the combined efforts of Tom and Margo and a few superior fish from Tom Rudd. Join Margo and Tom on a reasonably warm Saturday afternoon, check out the art and see and talk to friends that you haven't seen for a while.

Flatlands Galeries regular hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 517-486-4591.

Calumet's Galerie Bohème March exhibit

"Blue Car," by Cynthia Coté, is one of the recent works on exhibit at Galerie Bohème in Calumet through March.

If you can't make it to Blissfield and you missed last week's First Friday openings in Calumet, Galerie Bohème is exhibiting new art by Margo McCafferty, Tom Rudd, Cynthia Coté and Kerri Corser through March.

"Traprock Pearls," by Kerri Corser, is also part of the March Galerie Bohème exhibit in Calumet.

Galerie Bohème is located at 423 Fifth St. in Calumet. For more information or a viewing appointment please call Tom Rudd at (906) 369-4087 or email galerieboheme@gmail.com.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

MDNR seeks public comment on draft update of 2008 Michigan Wolf Management Plan

File photo of wolf courtesy wolfwatcher.org.

LANSING -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) has completed a draft update of the 2008 Michigan Wolf Management Plan and is seeking public comment during a 30-day period beginning today, March 4. The 2008 Wolf Management Plan was created using extensive public input to identify important issues and assess public attitudes toward wolves and their management, as well as a review of the biological and social science on wolves.

The four principal goals within the plan are to:
  • Maintain a viable wolf population.
  • Facilitate wolf-related benefits.
  • Minimize wolf-related conflicts.
  • Conduct science-based and socially acceptable management of wolves.  
The plan and, more specifically, the four principal goals within the plan have guided wolf management in Michigan for the last six and a half years.

Beginning in November 2014, the DNR sought comments on the implementation of the 2008 plan.* During the comment period, the DNR received more than 3,000 responses to its online and hard-copy survey. Based on those responses and corresponding comments, and an internal review of the document, a draft updated plan recently was completed and is available for public review and comment.

The four principal goals in the 2008 plan remain the same in the updated plan. The 2015 draft also includes updated scientific literature and new information and facts regarding wolves in Michigan. A companion document, which summarizes DNR management accomplishments in addressing the action items from the 2008 plan, also is available for public review.

The draft updated plan and the 2008 Summary of Management Accomplishments document are available for download at Michigan.gov/wolves.

Send comments on the draft updated plan to:
DNR-Wildlife@michigan.gov or via U.S. mail to DNR Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 30444, Lansing MI 48909. Comments must be received no later than April 3.

* Editor's Note:

See our Nov. 14, 2014, article on the 2008 plan, including comments from Nancy Warren, Great Lakes regional director and executive director of the National Wolfwatcher Coalition (NWC), who has served on the Michigan Wolf Management Roundtable, whose members developed principles to guide management of Michigan wolves and wolf-related issues.