michigan united conservation clubs http://michiganradio.org en How many wolf hunt questions can we squeeze onto the November ballot? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-many-wolf-hunt-questions-can-we-squeeze-november-ballot <p></p><p>It looks like a referendum on the controversial issue of wolf-hunting is headed to the November ballot – again. This will be the second hunting-related ballot question (and, possibly, not the last) voters will decide in a little less than eight months.</p><p>The Keep Michigan Wolves Protected Campaign turned in petition signatures to the state Bureau of Elections just yesterday. It takes 161,305 signatures, and we can reasonably expect the campaign has enough names. Because, after all, they’ve done this before.</p><p>Most recently, just last year, when Keep Michigan Wolves Protected filed enough signatures to suspend and challenge the first Michigan wolf hunting law adopted after the gray wolf was taken off the federal endangered species list. That is the first referendum challenge and it is already on the November ballot.</p><p>But the Legislature, as well as Gov. Rick Snyder, would not be thwarted. They adopted a second law to allow wolf hunting (among other things), and that is the target of this newest referendum campaign. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:07:09 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 16854 at http://michiganradio.org How many wolf hunt questions can we squeeze onto the November ballot? Michigan's governor signs new hunting fees into law http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-governor-signs-new-hunting-fees-law <p>Governor Rick Snyder has signed an overhaul to Michigan’s hunting and fishing fees. The new law raises many license fees starting next March, but greatly reduces the number of licenses available for sale.</p><p>Erin McDonough is with the Michigan United Conservation Clubs. She says updating fees and streamlining the number and types of licenses was long overdue.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 23:00:57 +0000 Rick Pluta 14467 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's governor signs new hunting fees into law Wolf hunt opponents deliver petitions to Secretary of State's office http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunt-opponents-deliver-petitions-secretary-states-office <p>People fighting a proposed wolf hunt in Michigan are celebrating a milestone today.</p><p></p><p>They delivered a quarter million petition signatures to the Secretary of State’s office this morning. &nbsp;&nbsp;The petition calls for a statewide vote on the law authorizing the wolf hunt.</p><p></p><p>Jill Fritz is the director of the Keep Michigan Wolves Protected campaign. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;She’s optimistic that state officials will validate enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot.</p><p></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:03:37 +0000 Steve Carmody 11888 at http://michiganradio.org Wolf hunt opponents deliver petitions to Secretary of State's office Wolf hunt opponents plan to deliver petition signatures calling for statewide vote http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunt-opponents-plan-deliver-petition-signatures-calling-statewide-vote <p>Tomorrow, Michigan may move a little closer to having a statewide vote on a possible wolf hunt.</p><p></p><p>Members of the group, Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, are expected to deliver nearly a quarter million petition signatures to the Secretary of State’s office.</p><p></p><p>The petition drive calls for a referendum on a new state law authorizing a gray wolf hunt.</p><p></p><p>Once endangered, the wolf population has grown in recent years. State wildlife experts believe there are around 700 gray wolves in Michigan.</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:31:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11872 at http://michiganradio.org Wolf hunt opponents plan to deliver petition signatures calling for statewide vote Conservationists worry about plan to cap amount of publicly owned land in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/conservationists-worry-about-plan-cap-amount-publicly-owned-land-michigan <p>Governor Snyder will soon have to decide if he will sign a bill that would cap the amount of public land the state can own. Some conservationists are suggesting the governor should veto the bill. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 00:01:47 +0000 Steve Carmody 7926 at http://michiganradio.org Conservationists worry about plan to cap amount of publicly owned land in Michigan Horseback riding bill may cost state millions in federal aid http://michiganradio.org/post/horseback-riding-bill-may-cost-state-millions-federal-aid <p>State lawmakers are considering legislation that would <a href="http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/2011/11/04/efforts-to-bolster-horseback-riding-tourism-could-threaten-federal-money/">open more state owned land to horseback riding.</a> But the proposal could also end up costing Michigan millions of dollars in federal grant money.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The state House Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation committee is scheduled to discuss the <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(h0iabo55onnekvbt0iq23t55))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectname=2011-HB-4684">horseback riding bill</a> Wednesday. The bill&rsquo;s sponsor says opening up more state parkland to horseback riding could increase tourism.&nbsp;</p><p>But Erin McDonough says the state could lose $25 to 30 million&nbsp;in federal grant money. McDonough is the executive director of the <a href="http://www.mucc.org/2011/11/millions-in-federal-sportsmens-dollars-at-risk/">Michigan United Conservation Clubs. </a>The federal grant money is intended to promote hunting and McDonough says increasing horseback riding would negatively affect land the state bought for hunting.&nbsp;</p><p><em>&quot;There&rsquo;s a way to have a balance.&nbsp; And there&rsquo;s a way for everybody to have recreational opportunities on all those lands,&quot;</em> says McDonough.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>McDonough says supporters of the bill do not believe federal officials will follow through with a threat to cut the grant funding.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan has approximately 80 thousand recreational horseback riders using around 25 hundred miles of trails around the state. Tue, 08 Nov 2011 20:15:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 4882 at http://michiganradio.org Horseback riding bill may cost state millions in federal aid