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Highland Copper subsidiary Orvana Resources U.S. Corporation halted exploratory drilling on February 19, 2017, in the Porcupine Mountains State Park due to unusual warm weather for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Winter drilling is required by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources because the ground must be frozen. The ground in the western Upper Peninsula […]

Two times a year, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources offers a free fishing weekend for people who would like to fish without a license and hopefully give people who have never fished the opportunity to discover how fun fishing can be. The winter fishing weekend is this weekend, and with temperatures in Northern Michigan […]

A wildfire burning since June on Poverty Island is sixty percent contained according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The fire started by lightning strike on June 26, 2016 and so far burned around 127 acres. Fire fighting efforts focused on saving a historic lighthouse. By using controlled burns to remove vegetation, fire fighters […]

Today the Michigan DNR announced “surplus” public land for sale by sealed-bid auction beginning January 12 to February 10, 2016. Available land includes parcels in the Eastern Upper Peninsula and the Northern Lower Peninsula. Due to these parcels being isolated from other land managed by the DNR, they’re considered of little use for public recreation […]

The Michigan DNR wants people to help them find denned bears for an ongoing research project. They are asking any Michigan resident hunting, trapping or just spending time outdoors in the northern Lower Peninsula to report any bear dens they find to the DNR. Bears located in dens will be inspected as possible research subjects. […]

Three weeks ago the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced Eagle Mine wanted approval for a mineral lease for 40 more acres in Michigamme Township, Marquette County, in the Upper Peninsula. The parcel in particular – NE1/4 NE1/4, Section 8, T50N,R29W. – contains the headwaters of Anderson Creek and the Yellow Dog River. The region […]

Let’s recap Eagle Mine’s activities in Marquette County so far. First, the Marquette County Road Commission, being funded by a 501(c)(4) “social welfare” group called Stand U.P., sued the Environmental Protection Agency on July 8 over their temper tantrum with County Road 595. This road, running through Wildcat Canyon, would impact 26 acres of wetlands […]

The US Fish and Wildlife Service denied an appeal by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and State Attorney General’s Office to change the classification of wolves from “endangered” to “threatened.” In December of 2014, a federal court ordered wolves in the Western Great Lakes to be put back on the endangered species list. The […]

No anterless deer may be harvested in the Upper Peninsula for the 2015-2016 bow hunting season. The Michigan Natural Resources Commission approved the ban on Thursday, June 11, in Monroe, Michigan, in an effort to help the deer population in the UP recover from successive winter die-offs. The anterless ban applies to hunters using the […]

Twice a year the Michigan Department of Natural Resources offers free fishing weekends to anyone interested in fishing Michigan’s Great Lakes or over 11,000 inland lakes. Fishing is also free on rivers and streams, any place in the state where people may want to fish. The summer free fishing weekend for 2015 is this Saturday, […]