us forest service http://michiganradio.org en Michigan energy company withdraws gas drilling application http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-energy-company-withdraws-gas-drilling-application <p>A Traverse City company is abandoning a nearly decade-long effort to extract natural gas in&nbsp; an environmentally sensitive area.&nbsp;</p><p>The U.S. Forest Service says that Savoy Energy has informed federal agencies it's withdrawing an application to drill below a site called the Mason Tract in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:13:16 +0000 The Associated Press 9192 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan energy company withdraws gas drilling application U.S. Forest Service restoring endangered butterfly habitat in West Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/us-forest-service-restoring-endangered-butterfly-habitat-west-michigan <p>The Karner blue butterfly, an endangered species native to parts of the Midwest, including Michigan, is getting some help from the U.S. environmental authorities.</p><p>The Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>The U.S. Forest Service is restoring a savannah-type landscape in the southern part of the Manistee National Forest to create habitat for the endangered Karner blue butterfly.<br /><br />Officials say the work will take place this summer in Muskegon and Oceana counties. The goal is to create a grassy environment that will promote growth of colorful lupine plants, on which the butterflies feed during their caterpillar stage.<br /><br />Other species that thrive in such a setting include Hill&#39;s thistle, the golden-winged warbler, dusted skipper, and eastern box turtle. It&#39;s also good for game species such as wild turkey, white-tailed deer and ruffed grouse.<br /><br />The Forest Service will remove some trees and set controlled fires to develop the savannah habitat. It also will close many unauthorized &quot;two-track&quot; roads that cause erosion.</p></blockquote><p>More information about efforts to protect the Karner blue can <a href="http://environmentreport.org/story.php?story_id=1251">be found on the Environment Report</a>, or if you are feeling festive, consider attending the <a href="http://downtownblackriverfalls.net/karnerblue">Karner Blue Butterfly Festival&nbsp; </a>this summer in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.</p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:02:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7836 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Forest Service restoring endangered butterfly habitat in West Michigan Urban Forest Stewardship Program wraps up first year in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/urban-forest-stewardship-program-wraps-first-year-detroit <p>Some Detroit Public Schools students involved in the Urban Forest Stewardship Program showed off their work this past weekend.</p><p>Eight Detroit middle and high schools participated in the program on Belle Isle this year.</p><p>Their projects included beach clean-ups, water quality testing, invasive species control, and clearing a new nature trail.</p><p>Tracy Ortiz, a sixth-grade science teacher at Detroit&rsquo;s Clippert Academy, says the projects have introduced many of her students many of her students to natural world&mdash;and taught them science in a way that sticks.</p> Mon, 21 May 2012 20:00:57 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7554 at http://michiganradio.org Urban Forest Stewardship Program wraps up first year in Detroit