land use http://michiganradio.org en Watch Michigan change over time using Google's 'Earth Engine' http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-michigan-change-over-time-using-googles-earth-engine <p>My kids love using Google Earth. With the push of a button they "fly" from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Newfoundland, the Panama Canal, the Great Barrier Reef, or some other place they're curious about.</p><p>Now Google has mined satellite images from the U.S. government that allow us to fly back in time. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:58:25 +0000 Mark Brush 12979 at http://michiganradio.org Watch Michigan change over time using Google's 'Earth Engine' By law, the state can only own so much land, but that might change http://michiganradio.org/post/law-state-can-only-own-so-much-land-might-change <p>The state of Michigan owns 4.6 million acres of land. But for now, the state can’t buy any more land. That’s because the Michigan Legislature capped the amount of land the state can own.</p><p>But there’s a release valve built into the law. Last fall, Governor Rick Snyder asked the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to make a <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-31154_64433---,00.html">strategic land management plan</a>. If the Legislature likes it, then the land cap will be lifted.</p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 16:26:52 +0000 Rebecca Williams 12381 at http://michiganradio.org Bill aims to restrict state's ability to manage for biodiversity http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-aims-restrict-states-ability-manage-biodiversity <p>If you're feeling like you've heard this story before... you're right.</p><p>Senator Tom Casperson-R (Escanaba) has introduced a bill, <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billintroduced/Senate/pdf/2013-SIB-0078.pdf">Senate Bill 78</a>, that would prohibit the DNR from setting aside an area of land specifically for the purpose of maintaining biological diversity (basically, to protect the variety of plants and animals that live in an area).&nbsp; The DNR could not make or enforce a rule to do that.</p><p>This bill is similar to one Senator Casperson introduced last fall, SB 1276.</p><p>Casperson says he’s concerned the DNR wants to set aside too much land, and that people won’t have access to it.</p><p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:55:35 +0000 Rebecca Williams 11125 at http://michiganradio.org Bill aims to restrict state's ability to manage for biodiversity Michigan lawmakers oppose United Nations' Agenda 21 document http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-oppose-united-nations-agenda-21-document <p>Environmentalists in Michigan have been on the defensive since the last election. Republicans rolled back shoreline protections they say were onerous and they limited the ability of the state to conserve land. New bills in the works would open up more places to motorized vehicles. And now some of the lawmakers leading the charge on these issues say they’re worried about something more ominous. They want to strike back against what they see as a global conspiracy.</p><p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 14:32:02 +0000 Peter Payette 9619 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers oppose United Nations' Agenda 21 document Senate bill seeks to restrict Michigan DNR's ability to manage lands for biodiversity http://michiganradio.org/post/senate-bill-seeks-restrict-michigan-dnrs-ability-manage-lands-biodiversity <p>The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-30301_30505_57365---,00.html">authority to set aside land</a> to make sure biodiversity is preserved. Basically, that means the DNR can designate an area to protect the variety of plants and animals that live in that place.</p><p>But new legislation seeks to greatly limit that authority.</p><p><a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28uhp1deul1did3345wt2d1qjs%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=BillStatus&amp;objectname=2012-SB-1276">Senate bill 1276</a> would prohibit the DNR from setting aside an area of land specifically for the purpose of maintaining biological diversity.&nbsp; The DNR could not make or enforce a rule to do that.</p><p>Senator Tom Casperson is one of the bill’s sponsors. He says the DNR has too much power to set aside land for the purpose of conservation.</p><p>"They need to have authority but when it comes to the direction where we’re going as a state with our public lands, I think there needs to be some checks and balances."</p><p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:55:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 9258 at http://michiganradio.org Senate bill seeks to restrict Michigan DNR's ability to manage lands for biodiversity Saugatuck Twp accepts proposed settlement with billionaire http://michiganradio.org/post/saugatuck-twp-accepts-proposed-settlement-billionaire <p>A federal judge will consider another proposed settlement in a legal case between&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/saugatuck-township">Saugatuck Township </a>and a private developer. The township approved the proposed settlement Wednesday night.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 05:47:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6734 at http://michiganradio.org Blotting Update: Detroit wants to sell you this lot for $200 http://michiganradio.org/post/blotting-update-detroit-wants-sell-you-lot-200 <p>Apparently, the phone has been ringing off the hook over at Detroit&rsquo;s planning department.</p><p>It&rsquo;s all because of a <a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/DepartmentsandAgencies/MayorsOffice/StateoftheCity2012/Viewthe2012StateoftheCityAddress.aspx">few lines uttered by Mayor Dave Bing</a> in his <a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/DepartmentsandAgencies/MayorsOffice/StateoftheCity2012.aspx">State of the City</a> address last week. <em>(You&rsquo;ll find them about 30 minutes in.)</em></p><p>&ldquo;This week we sent out over 500 letters to property owners in Hubbard Farms, Springwells Village and Southwest Detroit,&rdquo; he announced, &ldquo;telling them if they own a home adjacent to a vacant city-owned lot, they can purchase this lot for a mere $200.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;No coming downtown,&rdquo; the mayor said.&nbsp; &ldquo;No added bureaucracy. The city will mail back the deed.&rdquo;</p><p>Bing&rsquo;s initiative is a response to the overwhelming problem of abandoned property in Detroit.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a problem we explored in our stories about Detroit &ldquo;blotters&rdquo; &mdash; <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2011/11/09/empty-places-its-not-squatting-its-blotting/">which you can see here</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/12/05/142341520/blotting-not-squatting-in-detroit-neighborhoods">here</a>. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 19:33:05 +0000 Kate Davidson 6619 at http://michiganradio.org Blotting Update: Detroit wants to sell you this lot for $200 Saugatuck Township accepts settlement over dune land http://michiganradio.org/post/saugatuck-township-accepts-settlement-over-dune-land <p>Saugatuck Township officials have agreed to settle a land-use case with a billionaire who&rsquo;s trying develop property along Lake Michigan. Saugatuck Township voted Friday night to accept a legal <a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/media/docs/Consent%20Judgment%20PUBLIC%20DRAFT%20v6%2027.pdf">settlement </a>with Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon. The proposal settles a land-use dispute between the two.</p> Sat, 23 Jul 2011 05:46:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3439 at http://michiganradio.org Saugatuck Township accepts settlement over dune land Farmers want to take land out of conservation to grow more corn http://michiganradio.org/post/farmers-want-take-land-out-conservation-grow-more-corn <p>Leaders in Michigan&rsquo;s farm community are urging Senator Debbie Stabenow and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to change the rules for a land conservation program on farms. They say the current program could lead to higher food prices.</p> Thu, 12 May 2011 14:41:54 +0000 Rebecca Williams 2463 at http://michiganradio.org Farmers want to take land out of conservation to grow more corn