Northern Michigan Watersheds Receive Big Boost from Michigan DNR Grants
April 22, 2016, 12:00 am
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has approved six Aquatic Habitat Grant Program projects totaling $1.25 million. This is the third round of projects since the program began in 2014. It is funded annually by a portion of fishing and hunting license sales. Traverse City based Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) has been awarded two of the grant awards from the current funding cycle, $430,000 for their Free Span the Maple River Initiative in Emmet County, and $200,000 for the Bridging the Jordan River Restoration Project in Antrim County.
DNR advises caution to prevent spread of oak wilt disease
April 6, 2016, 12:00 am
Contact Michigan DNR: Bob Heyd, 906-228-6561, ext. 3023 or Roger Mech, 810-229-4155For most people, April 15 is the annual tax-filing deadline. For people like Roger Mech – and other forest health professionals – April 15 also marks the beginning of the yearly window when oak wilt can be transmitted from diseased to healthy red oak trees.
According to Mech, forest health specialist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Forest Resources Division, oak wilt is a serious disease of oak trees. It mainly affects red oaks, including northern red oak, black oak and pin oak. Red oaks often die within a few weeks after becoming infected.
Help prevent spread of invasive New Zealand mudsnail
March 30, 2016, 12:00 am
Contact Michigan DNR: Seth Herbst, 517-284-5841 or Elyse Walter, 517-284-5839In 2015 the Michigan departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources confirmed the presence of the invasive New Zealand mudsnail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum) in the Pere Marquette River near Baldwin, which is a popular destination for trout and salmon anglers.
New Zealand mudsnails are each only about 1/8 inch long and can be difficult to see. However, these snails can significantly change the aquatic habitats they live in by reaching extremely high densities. When that happens, they can out-compete native species that are important food sources for trout.
Conserving the Beaver Island Archipelago - Final Reports
March 25, 2016, 12:00 am
We are pleased to present the results of ecological restoration efforts led by Conservation Resource Alliance throughout the Beaver Island archipelago from 2013 to 2015. This work was made possible through a generous grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation’s Sustain Our Great Lakes Program.
Nature Change – Conversations About Conservation and Climate
March 7, 2016, 2:00 pm
If most of the ash trees are dead, beech trees are dying and new pests are approaching Michigan’s hemlock and maple trees, what will our northern forests look like in the years ahead? Will the changing climate affect what grows to replace the lost trees? And how does all this change impact the birds and animals that populate the beautiful landscapes of northwest lower Michigan?
These are topics that all of us in northwest lower Michigan need to think and talk about. And that’s why six of the region’s leading conservation nonprofits have banded together to launch a new on-line, multimedia magazine called Nature Change – Conversations About Conservation and Climate.