natural resources en Congress considering Sleeping Bear wilderness bill <p style="margin-bottom: 13px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px;" xmlns="" xmlns:apcm="" xmlns:apnm="" xmlns:o=""><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:27:17 +0000 The Associated Press 13691 at Congress considering Sleeping Bear wilderness bill Michigan DEQ okays copper and silver mine in the UP <p>IRONWOOD, Mich. (AP) - Michigan environmental regulators say they&#39;ve approved plans for a copper and silver mine in the far western Upper Peninsula.</p><p>The Department of Environmental Quality said Monday it had determined that Orvana Resources U.S. Corp.&#39;s application for a mining permit meets state mining standards.</p><p>The department in March gave tentative approval. The DEQ says it&#39;s still reviewing other related permits for the project including air emissions and water discharges.</p><p>Orvana is targeting 798 million pounds of copper and 3.5 million ounces of silver in an underground deposit near Ironwood.</p><p>Environmentalists have raised concerns about the company&#39;s plans to withdraw large volumes of Lake Superior water and discharge treated wastewater into a creek that feeds the lake. Company officials say a buffer zone will provide adequate protection. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:32:12 +0000 The Associated Press 7253 at Michigan DEQ okays copper and silver mine in the UP Signs of a bigger deer harvest in 2011 <p><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Officials from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources say the harvest from the 2011 firearm deer season &quot;appears to have increased slightly compared to the 2010 season.&quot;</font></p><p><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">From a Michigan DNR <a href=",4570,7-153--267181--,00.html">press release</a>:</font></p><blockquote><p><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Experiences can differ widely even within regions, but DNR biologists estimate the harvest compared to 2010 was unchanged to up perhaps 10 percent across the Upper Peninsula, likely increased in the Northern Lower Peninsula by as much as 10 percent, and the southern Lower Peninsula appeared down 5 to 10 percent. </font></p></blockquote><p><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">The statement said deer populations in the Upper Peninsula and the Northern Lower Peninsula are not as abundant as they were in the 1990&#39;s, but they seem to be increasing.</font> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 20:56:03 +0000 Mark Brush 5323 at Signs of a bigger deer harvest in 2011 Ishpeming: Where iron ore built a city (Part 3 - with photos) <p></p><p>Our <a href="">Changing Gears</a> project is on the road, bringing you stories of towns where one company still affects everybody&rsquo;s lives. Today we head north, to Michigan&rsquo;s Upper Peninsula. That&rsquo;s where North America&rsquo;s biggest supplier of iron ore has been blasting the earth, and creating jobs, for more than 160 years.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 12:00:39 +0000 Kate Davidson 3502 at Ishpeming: Where iron ore built a city (Part 3 - with photos) In first executive order, Snyder splits up the state Department of Natural Resources and Environment <p><a href="">Governor Rick Snyder</a> issued the first executive order of his administration yesterday. The order <a href="">splits up oversight</a> of the <a href="">Department of Natural Resources and Environment</a> into two state departments: the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality.</p><p>The executive order takes effect March 13th. As The Associated Press <a href=",0,6023824.story">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Gov. John Engler separated the natural resources and environmental quality functions into different agencies in 1995, but Gov. Jennifer Granholm rejoined them in 2009 in a cost-saving move. Snyder now says the job would best be handled by two agencies.</p></blockquote><p><a href="">Rodney Stokes</a> will head the Department of Natural Resources and Dan Wyant will head the Department of Environment Quality.</p><p>In a <a href="">statement released yesterday</a>, the Governor said:</p><blockquote><p>“Michigan is blessed with an abundance of natural resources and we need to be a leader and innovator in protecting these resources. Recreational fishing, hunting and boating activities alone contribute more than $3 billion annually to our economy.&nbsp; Separating the DEQ and DNR means we can better address these key priorities.” Wed, 05 Jan 2011 12:12:38 +0000 Zoe Clark 748 at In first executive order, Snyder splits up the state Department of Natural Resources and Environment Bear attack in northern Michigan <p>Bear attacks are something we&#39;re used to hearing about out west or in Alaska, but in northern Michigan it can be rare just to see one.</p><p><a href="">The Detroit Free Press</a> reports a hunter fought off a mother bear that was trying to climb into his tree stand.</p><p>Chad Fortune was bow hunting when two cubs tried to climb into his stand. He pushed them off, but the mother of the cubs put up more of a fight. Fortune was treated for his injuries at a nearby hospital. Wildlife officials say they plan to euthanize the bear.</p> Wed, 13 Oct 2010 14:15:33 +0000 Mark Brush 140 at Bear attack in northern Michigan This little piggy went wild <p>Peter Payette from Interlochen Public Radio filed a <a href="">report on wild pigs with the Environment Report</a> this week.</p><p>Pigs and boars can escape from farms and game ranches and <a href="">cause problems in an ecosystem</a>. The problem is especially bad in southern states.</p><p>Check out this video about the problem in Texas:</p><p></p> Wed, 22 Sep 2010 15:41:21 +0000 Mark Brush 101 at This little piggy went wild Will we face a helium balloon shortage? <p>I've never thought about this before, but where exactly does helium come from?&nbsp; Turns out, the gas comes from rocks decaying underground. It can't be manufactured and it's not renewable. Scientists are warning that our helium reserves are being quickly depleted. <em>The Independent reports </em>that the we could run out of helium in 25 to 30 years...</p> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 14:09:25 +0000 Mark Brush 26 at Will we face a helium balloon shortage?