Tag Archives: Nature

ORV users work to improve access at Silver Lake State Park

By Howard Meyerson MEARS, MI – Ron Olson stood in front of a packed house, his tall, lanky frame towering over many who listened intently. More than 200 off-road and dune-buggy enthusiasts poured into Golden Township Hall on this frigid … Continue reading

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Camping fees increasing at Michigan State Parks

By Howard Meyerson The camping season still is some months away — unless you’re a die-hard, that is, or plan to spend a week in the Everglades. But if you are thinking to camp in Michigan this spring, be aware … Continue reading

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Scientists: Invasive snail more prevalent than thought, poses grave danger to waterfowl

  By Howard Meyerson GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Scientists studying the health of Great Lakes coastal wetlands report that faucet snails have been found in many more waters than anticipated. The invasive snail, native to Europe, poses a threat to … Continue reading

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Take A Wintry Walk – On Top Of The Snow! Snowshoe Experiences and Trails in West Michigan

When the snow piles up and the winter woods grow quiet, there is no better time to get out on snowshoes. Designed to keep hikers from sinking deep, and let them walk at an easy pace, snowshoes can open up … Continue reading

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Trail guide sets new standard for books about hiking in Michigan

By Howard Meyerson When author Jim DuFresne first came out with his book, “50 Hikes in Michigan,” I didn’t think anyone could top it. DuFresne, a Michigan-based writer, instinctively seemed to know what hikers needed — a solid, well-crafted guide … Continue reading

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State wolf plan to be updated, public asked to comment

  By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Michigan – State wildlife officials want to know what the public thinks about Michigan’s current Wolf Management Plan. The 96-page document, developed in 2008, was slated to be updated in 2013. That process is … Continue reading

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Wind Turbines and Birds: A Case for Further Study

By Howard Meyerson Wind power has been a growth industry in Michigan, but one viewed with enthusiasm and concern. Standing high over the landscape, the long-bladed turbines can be seen for miles, powerful symbols of progress and a greener age … Continue reading

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Renewing Michigan’s nongame wildlife program

By Howard Meyerson Perhaps you have heard about trumpeter swans, the beautiful all-white birds that once were plentiful in Michigan but then disappeared. They are the largest waterfowl species in North America and are readily identified by their long, straight … Continue reading

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Higher brookie limit on three new waters

By Howard Meyerson GRAND RAPIDS, MI. — Anglers will be able to keep 10 brook trout per day on eight Upper Peninsula streams when the 2015 fishing season opens. DNR Director Keith Creagh earlier this month approved experimental regulations for … Continue reading

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Grand Rapids couple completes 70 day kayaking journey down the Mississippi River

By Howard Meyerson GRAND RAPIDS, MI — It was late September when Gary and Linda De Kock arrived by kayak at Mile Zero on the Mississippi River. The couple gazed at the signpost with relish and dismay. Seventy days had … Continue reading

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