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Michigan Environmental Report

Spring 2011

Vol. 29 Issue 2

Becky Humphries: Steady hand at the DNR

Becky Humphries' most remarkable qualities were acquired at a tender age. Patience and perseverance were instilled during idyllic summer days at her father's side, fishing with an old-fashioned cane pole.
View Article2011-06-07  •  Spring 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: environmental history

Ken Smith: Growing smart in TC

When a massive shopping mall proposal threatened to undermine Traverse City's small town feel in the mid-1980s, Ken Smith showed up at an activists' meeting to help fight it.
View Article2011-06-07  •  Spring 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: land use

New public transportation coalition notches first success with full state funding for 2012

A new coalition aimed at transportation policy reform scored its first important victory in May when the Michigan Legislature agreed to maintain current funding for public transportation in the 2012 budget.
View Article2011-06-07  •  Spring 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy

President's Column: Passion to protect Michigan’s natural resources stoked from a young age for awardees, and for kindred spirits at Michigan Environmental Council

Each year the Michigan Environmental Council honors a pair of outstanding environmental leaders by awarding the Helen and William G. Milliken Distinguished Service Award and the Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership. Once again, we have two great honorees: Becky Humphries and Ken Smith, respectively.
View Article2011-06-05  •  Spring 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan’s public transportation and passenger railroad service both got good news in May. The public transportation budget recommended by Gov. Rick Snyder and passed by the legislature retained existing funding levels—good news in a budget that otherwise cut natural resource protection budgets.
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Michigan fly fishing: Best in the nation!

Michigan has the best fly fishing in the nation. Better than legendary Western destinations like Idaho, Wyoming and Montana according, to the “Best 12 States for Fly Fishing” rankings from Fly Talk, the fly fishing blog of Field & Stream magazine.
View Article2011-06-06  •  Spring 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

How one state capitalizes on its fishing identity

North Carolina didn’t make Field and Stream’s list of the top ten fly-fishing states, but its mountainous western flank has a wealth of tumbling streams with names like Whitewater River, Raven Fork and Rough Butt Creek.
View Article2011-06-05  •  Spring 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: green economy, water protection

Trivia TIme

Field and Stream magazine recently named Michigan the top fly-fishing state in the country for its smorgasbord of angling opportunities on world-class streams and its rich history in the sport. How much do you know about the Great Lakes State’s fly fishing heritage?
View Article2011-06-04  •  Spring 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: water protection

Coming together to create a sustainable city

MEC Community Outreach Director Sandra Turner-Handy addressed attendees at the Detroit Works project’s May 5th Environmental Summit, telling them that they have the power to create a blueprint for Detroit’s future that is sustainable, healthy and environmentally conscious.
View Article2011-06-05  •  Spring 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: environmental justice
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