Tag Archives: Conservation

Pigeon River trout stream to thrive with removal of yoga camp dam

By Howard Meyerson It’s taken three dam mishaps and several years of legal wrangling for good sense to finally prevail about the Song of the Morning Ranch/ Lansing Club dam on the Pigeon River, a state designated Wild-Scenic River and … Continue reading

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Lake Michigan’s charter-fishing catch rate slips in 2013

By Howard Meyerson GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Lake Michigan anglers complained in 2013 about catching fewer though bigger chinook salmon than prior years, but charter fishing captains had a pretty good year. They logged 11,875 fishing trips, the second highest … Continue reading

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A Story of Recovery: Boardman River restoration looks better all the time

By Howard Meyerson While picking through the natural debris on the bottom of Grasshopper Creek, a tiny stream feeding the upper Boardman River, two scientists with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians began to get excited. Brett … Continue reading

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Endangered Kirtland’s Warbler Recovery: What Now?

By Howard Meyerson Michigan’s endangered Kirtland’s Warbler appears to be well down the road to recovery. More than 2,000 singing males were reported in Michigan’s 2013 Kirtland’s Warbler census. That was the second consecutive year that the population was double … Continue reading

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Grand Rapids couple to paddle the Mississippi for clean water

By Howard Meyerson Every now and then we get an opportunity to express in life those things we hold dear – a point where we live our ideals. Gary and Linda DeKock are two such people who do that regularly, … Continue reading

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North Country Trail: Fife Lake loop trail now open

By Howard Meyerson FIFE LAKE, MI — The cool of early morning clung to the forest landscape and highway sounds carried through the trees, but Marilyn Hoodstraten and Deena Barshney were busy at their tasks, paint brushes in hand. Each … Continue reading

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Brookie survey continues in Upper Peninsula

By Howard Meyerson MARQUETTE, MICH. – Upper Peninsula fisheries managers are collecting data from five U.P. brook trout streams this season with the intent of adding three of those to the state’s experimental brook trout stream category in 2015. Five … Continue reading

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Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary: America’s one and only

By Howard Meyerson WHITE CLOUD, MI — April showers normally bring May flowers, but this year’s weather hardly has been normal. Lingering winter conditions and the late onset of spring delayed the usual early-season blooms at Loda Lake National Wildflower … Continue reading

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Rogue River Expedition Highlights West Michigan’s Natural Beauty and Promotes Water Quality

There is a lot to be said for seeing things first-hand and a group of 100 paddlers will do that in June. That’s when they will explore the upper and lower Rogue River during a two-day float called Rogue River … Continue reading

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Manipulating Sea Lamprey: Researchers experiment with chemical enticements, repellants

By Howard Meyerson That researchers are now studying how to chemically manipulate sea lamprey behavior, reminds me of the early DuPont chemical company advertising slogan: “Better Living Through Chemistry.” That old saw came out in 1935. The chemical industry was trying … Continue reading

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