September 2004 News
October 2004 News
Bete Grise awarded $1 million for wetland, habitat protection
Posted 10/29/2004 Updated 11/04/04
D. C. -- Bete Grise South, identified by The Nature Conservancy and Michigan's Departments of Natural Resources and Environmental
Quality as the single most important estuarine marsh remaining in the Upper Great Lakes, will receive a $1 million grant from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program for fiscal year 2005.
Located in Keweenaw County, Bete Grise South, an area along the
eastern shore of the Keweenaw Peninsula, south of Lac La Belle and the Mendota
Lighthouse, includes a stretch of both shoreline and near shoreline dune and swale
wetland system. Once negotiations are complete, the grant will allow the purchase, from International Paper/Lake Superior Land
Co., of 1,800 acres adjacent to the Bete Grise Bay of Lake
Superior for conservation and public access. The Nature Conservancy, Keweenaw Land Trust,
Houghton/Keweenaw Conservation District, the South Shore Association and the
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will add a partners' share of $488,443 to the grant, for a total cost of $1,488,443.
Oct. 2004 photo of the beach at Bete Grise South. (Photo © 2004
recommendations: Minimum Impact Zones
-- The Keweenaw Point Advisory Committee's Recommendations on Minimum Impact
Zones are now published here as approved on Aug. 17, 2004, and presented at the
Oct. 5 public meeting in the Mohawk School. These recommendations -- along with
those on Camping, Motorized and Non-Motorized trails and use, Maintenance and Enforcement,
Public Access and Timber Resources -- will assist the Department of Natural
Resources in their decisions on recreation and resource management of the state's recent Keweenaw Tip purchase of 6,275 acres.
Keweenaw Now has now published all the recommendations except Timber Resources,
which will be published soon. more
Recent photo of Eagle's nest on Manitou Island, which is considered a minimum
impact zone. (Photo © 2004 Charles
Buck. Reprinted with permission.)
A Tribute to
Robert (Bob) Linn
By Dave Harmon Posted
-- Robert M. (Bob) Linn, former chief scientist of the National Park Service, co-founder of the George Wright
Society (GWS) and long-time
U.P. environmental activist, died at his home on October 10 following a long struggle with cancer. He was 78.
In a tribute to Bob, guest author Dave Harmon, GWS executive director, recounts
Bob Linn's long career of dedication to environmental preservation, including
Bob's lifelong association with Isle Royale National Park, his botanical and ecological research
on the island, his work in helping create the
Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) in 1975 and his many years of
volunteer service. more
Robert (Bob) Linn holds the "Heart and
Hands Award" presented to him on July 4, 2001, at Churning Rapids.
The award recognizes and honors community members who have given of themselves working for peace,
justice and the environment. (Photo © 2001 and courtesy Sue Ellen Kingsley and
recommendations to DNR available for public comment at Oct. 5 meeting in Mohawk
-- The Keweenaw Point Advisory Committee (KPAC) has submitted its
recommendations to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
for recreation and resource management of the state's recent Keweenaw Tip purchase of 6,275 acres.
The DNR will hold a
public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on
Tuesday, Oct. 5, in the Mohawk School to receive public comments on
KPAC's recommendations, which include Camping, Maintenance and Enforcement, Motorized
Access, Non-Motorized Access, Public Access and Roads. In addition, the DNR will accept written comment for 30 days after the public meeting. Written comment can be submitted
until Nov. 5, 2004, to Ronald Yesney, MDNR,
1990 US 41 South, Marquette, 49855 and by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the five pages of
recommendations and two maps: motorized and non-motorized trails.
Editor's note: The minutes of the Aug. 17 and Sept. 7 KPAC meetings will be
Photo: Hoar Lake: View from traditional campsite.
(June 2004 file photo by Michele Anderson)
Last day for
voter registration: Monday, Oct. 4
HOUGHTON -- Monday, Oct. 4, is the last day to register in order
to vote in the coming November 2, 2004, general election for national, state and
local officials. The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country provides
information on voter registration on their Web
site. They also list the offices and phone numbers of township, city and
village clerks for Baraga, Houghton,
Keweenaw and Ontonagon
counties. Residents may contact these offices for additional voter information. more
new Discussion Board welcomes comments
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look and a user-friendly system for our readers. You can post your comments in
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