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DNR receives grant for Arctic grayling 

 

Arctic grayling incubators: Additional research is being done to determine how best to rear future Arctic grayling in Michigan’s streams using remote site incubators, pictured here.

Michigan’s historic effort to reintroduce Arctic grayling to the state’s waters will be supported by a $5,000 grant from the Oleson Foundation to the Department of Natural Resources. 

To develop Michigan’s broodstock—a group of mature fish used for breeding—the DNR plans to source wild Arctic grayling eggs from Alaska. However, a vital piece of equipment is needed first at Oden State Fish Hatchery in Emmet County, where the broodstock will be developed. Support from the Oleson Foundation will help the DNR acquire this urgently needed piece of equipment that will ensure no invasive disease or virus is inadvertently introduced to Michigan’s waters. 

“The Oleson Foundation’s Board of Directors is pleased to support this incredible project,” said Kathy Huschke, executive director of the Oleson Foundation. “It’s an amazing opportunity to recapture what was lost from northern Michigan’s environment more than 80 years ago due to overfishing and clear-cutting of our forests. This is truly a legacy project for all of Michigan.”

Arctic grayling egg: Research is a critical part of Michigan’s Arctic Grayling Initiative, like the work being done with these eyed Arctic grayling eggs.

The DNR’s Fisheries Division and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians lead Michigan’s Arctic Grayling Initiative. More than 45 partners, including state and tribal governments, nonprofits, businesses and universities, support reintroducing Arctic grayling to its historical range.

Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter said the cost to reintroduce Arctic grayling is expected at around $1.1 million, with virtually all of that amount being supplied through private and foundation support. To date, nearly $425,000 has been raised for the initiative.

“A diverse group of partners has invested themselves toward attaining a shared goal, and that says something about the nature of this project,” said Dexter. “Michigan’s Arctic Grayling Initiative serves as a template for future efforts that include a variety of stakeholders.”

Other contributions from foundations include support from the Consumers Energy Foundation, the Henry E. and Consuelo S. Wenger Foundation, Rotary Charities of Traverse City and the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. Plans are under way to recognize donors at Oden State Fish Hatchery.

“We encourage everyone to get involved so we can bring back this native fish,” said Huschke.  

The Oleson Foundation is a family foundation founded in Traverse City, Michigan, in 1962 to “help people help themselves.” The foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations in northwestern Michigan in all areas of grant-making. They are very supportive of environmental work to preserve and steward the beautiful landscape that makes our area spectacular and unique.

For more information about Michigan’s Arctic Grayling Initiative and answers to frequently asked questions, visit MiGrayling.org

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Whether terrifying or totally cool, snakes are best left alone

The only venomous snake species found in Michigan, the rare eastern massasauga rattlesnake is shy and avoids humans whenever possible.

From the Michigan DNR

Michigan is home to 18 different snake species, but there’s no need to worry, since most found here are harmless and tend to avoid people. If you do spot a snake, give it space to slither away, and you likely won’t see it again. Handling or harassing snakes is the most common reason people get bit.

Simply put, if left alone, Michigan snakes will leave people alone. 

While most snakes in Michigan aren’t dangerous, there is one venomous species found here—the eastern massasauga rattlesnake.

As the name implies, the massasauga rattlesnake has a segmented rattle on its tail. But keep in mind that other Michigan snakes—even those without segmented rattles—also may buzz or vibrate their tails when approached or handled.  

“The massasauga rattlesnake tends to be a very shy snake that will avoid humans whenever possible,” said Hannah Schauer, wildlife communications coordinator with the DNR. “They spend most of their time in wetlands hunting for small rodents and aren’t often encountered. In fact, this snake is listed as a threatened species.” 

Rattlesnake bites, while extremely rare in Michigan, can and do occur. Anyone who is bitten should seek immediate medical attention. 

Snakes play an important role in ecosystem health by keeping rodent numbers in check and, in turn, feeding larger predators, especially hawks and owls. Help monitor Michigan’s reptile and amphibian populations by reporting your sightings to our Herp Atlas database. Visit miherpatlas.org to get started. 

Learn more about snakes on the DNR website or contact Hannah Schauer at 517-388-9678.

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“Three Free” weekend coming June 9-10

Grab a fishing rod, ride Michigan’s off-road trails and/or pay a visit to your favorite state park for free – all in the same weekend. During two back-to-back days, June 9-10, we invite residents and out-of-state visitors to enjoy Free Fishing Weekend, Free ORV Weekend and free entry into state parks.

All fishing license, ORV license, trail permit and Recreation Passport costs will be waived. All other regulations still apply.

For more information, visit michigan.gov/freefishing (fishing), michigan.gov/recreationpassport (state parks) or michigan.gov/orvinfo (ORV).

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Hues of Green

 

By Ranger Steve Mueller

 

Hues of green with splashes of white and red. Early summer provides its own color extravaganza. Each tree species has a unique nature niche adaptation timing for leafing out that expresses a shade of green color. 

Many trees flower before their leaves emerge. This aids trees that are wind pollinated. Early flowering helps maples that are both insect and wind pollinated. Flowering prior to leaf out makes it easier for insects to find flowers for the nectar reward. Insects carry pollen to flowers of the same tree species for cross-fertilization. 

Insects seek a nectar reward and are unaware they are enlisted as a third party to a sexual transaction for delivering pollen to an egg. Insects see plant colors differently. Their eyes capture ultraviolet color our eyes do not. Our eyes see reds insects do not. Birds, humans with other mammals, and insects see the world differently. 

Scientists use ultraviolet photography to discover how insects perceive flowers. What looks like a white flower to us might have vivid color for an insect. Splashes of white tree flowers in the spring woods like serviceberry and cherry might look different to a bee, butterfly, or fly. 

As brown branches suddenly transform with flowers followed by leaves, we experience shades of green that rival fall colors. It is joy when driving the highway to witness the multitude of greens. Each species contributes its own hue to the mosaic of forest color. Leaves released from buds usually have red anthocyanin sun block in expanding embryonic leaves that protects new delicate leaves from being sunburned. 

Green chloroplasts absorb most sunlight colors in the leaves but reflect green. The concentration of chloroplasts varies to create varying light to dark shades of green in trees. Notice of the subtle color pageant that could easily be missed. Though it is not as obvious as the fall color spectacular, it is remarkable. 

When leaves emerge from buds, they expand faster than they can grow. Leaf cells formed last summer and their growth waited in buds all winter. The cold spring delayed leaf emergence this year. When conditions allow, embryonic leaves fill like water balloons and leaves take weeks growing additional cellular substance. Feel the delicate nature of a newly expanded leaf and then the sturdy strength of an older leaf a few weeks later. 

We experienced what I call a Minnesota spring. When we lived in northern Minnesota, winter hung on until late April. Then suddenly, conditions changed and spring transitioned to summer in a few short weeks. In “normal” years, spring lasts about twice as long here. We get to enjoy ephemeral flowers like hepatica, trout lilies, and trilliums longer. Tree flowering sequence is also expanded over a longer period. 

This year plants had a narrower flowering time span. It was necessary to look quickly or miss the beauty. We can still witness the varied hues of green that will disappear among trees by the official beginning of summer on the 21 June solstice when the sun appears to make an about-face and begin its journey southward.

Though summer officially begins when the sun reaches its northmost point, I consider that too nebulous and difficult to observe. For me, summer begins at a different time with phenological progression. Phenology is the sequence of plant flowering, bird migration or other biological occurrences associated with climate. 

Most bird migration waves have come and gone and spring flowers wane by the time the last tree species leaves emerge. Summer resident birds are on nests. Spring beauty, hepatics, and trout lilies give way to summer flowering plants. I consider that to be the beginning of summer. 

Leaves appear latest on oaks trees marking an easily observed beginning to summer. Depending on the year, summer begins on slightly different dates when tree phenology settles to a common hue of green for the coming months. 

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at odybrook@chartermi.net – Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary, 13010 Northland Dr. Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or call 616-696-1753.

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DNR conservation officer responds to fatal kayak accident on Lake Michigan

 

Michigan Conservation Officer Mike Evink.

One man was rescued and another drowned Monday after the kayak they had taken out into the winds and waves of Lake Michigan overturned in rough seas off the Schoolcraft County mainland.

At about 3:30 p.m. Monday, regional dispatchers received a call from a man who said his son and a friend had taken a kayak out into Lake Michigan off South Barques Point Trail, which is located south of Manistique.

The names of those involved were not released.

The man, who was calling from a vacation rental property they were staying at, said the kayak had overturned. Strong wind prevented his son and his friend from returning to shore.

He told dispatchers he could see the men bobbing in the water next to the kayak.

Neither man had a life jacket. The water temperature was about 50 degrees.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Mike Evink, Michigan State Police troopers from the Manistique detachment, Manistique Public Safety EMS, the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Office and a Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians tribal officer responded to the scene.

When state police and EMS personnel arrived, they could see the two men in the water a few hundred yards offshore.

Evink launched his department-issued Jet Ski from the beach at the caller’s location. With help from EMS personnel, Evink was able to locate one of the kayakers in the water.

He secured the tired and cold man to the watercraft and returned him to waiting EMS workers. He was taken to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in Manistique. The kayaker, from Oxford, Michigan, was showing signs of shock and hypothermia.

Evink then began to search for the second kayaker, who was the caller’s son. He soon found the man at the bottom of Lake Michigan at a depth of 8 to 10 feet. He made several attempts to dive to reach the man, but he was not successful.

Michigan State Police said a Manistique Public Safety officer sought treatment for water inhalation after attempting to help reach the kayaker.

Evink contacted dispatchers to clearly mark the location of the body, using his portable police radio’s global positioning satellite signal. He remained in the area until a boat from the sheriff’s office made it to the scene and deputies marked the location with a buoy.

Evink then assisted state police dive team members in recovering the 23-year-old man’s body. He was a resident of Burton, Michigan.

“This incident emphasizes the importance of wearing life jackets while boating,” said Lt. Skip Hagy, a DNR regional law supervisor. “Once again, the Great Lakes have proved they are nothing to underestimate, especially on days with high seas.”

After working for a year as a law enforcement officer with the city of Cadillac, Evink was hired as a conservation officer with the DNR in 2010. A native of Grand Rapids, Evink was assigned to the Upper Peninsula where he remains, serving the residents and visitors of Schoolcraft County.

In January 2017, Evink rescued a propane deliveryman who was overcome with carbon monoxide as he tried to save an unconscious homeowner. Four days earlier, Evink was involved in aiding two stranded snowmobilers in Alger County who said he and a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer saved their lives.

In July 2017, he was recognized by the DNR Law Enforcement Division for saving the life of the deliveryman.

“Michigan conservation officers are often called upon to perform a wide range of duties, responding to accidents and other incidents at a moment’s notice,” said Gary Hagler, chief of the DNR Law Enforcement Division. “Officer Evink has repeatedly shown he is a well-trained professional always ready to answer the call to duty.”

Michigan conservation officers are fully commissioned state peace officers who provide natural resources protection, ensure recreational safety and protect citizens by providing general law enforcement duties and lifesaving operations in the communities they serve.

Learn more about Michigan conservation officers at www.michigan.gov/conservationofficers.

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Spotting fawns in Michigan

When you’re out enjoying Michigan’s outdoors, you may come across a fawn. If you do, enjoy the experience from a distance.

Please remember that although the fawn seems alone, chances are, the mother is nearby. 

To keep from attracting predators, a mother deer will hide her fawn, who was born with very little scent, and return periodically to care for it.

“Fawns may appear abandoned, but they rarely are,” said Hannah Schauer, a communications coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division. “All wild white-tailed deer begin life this way.”

While it can be tempting to take a fawn that looks abandoned, it is always best to leave it in the wild. A fawn’s best chance of survival is with its mother.

“If you do come across a fawn on its own, the best thing to do is not touch it,” said Schauer.

If you’re certain a fawn has been abandoned, don’t try and care for it yourself – contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Only licensed wildlife rehabilitators may possess abandoned or injured wildlife. Unless someone is licensed, it is illegal to possess live wild animals, including deer, in Michigan. 

A list of current rehabilitators can be found at michigan.gov/wildlife.

Learn more in this video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIDZMNXR9xI.

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Graduation Day 2018

 

By Ranger Steve Mueller

 

It is high school graduation day and science has saved me for this day. Twenty years ago, on Mother’s Day 1998, my family doctor called that Sunday saying my blood work showed a multiple myeloma cancer marker (MM). He was going on vacation and said I needed to immediately see an oncologist.

I checked my medical reference and read there is no cure and life expectancy is one year. Newer scientific references indicated survival to be 1 to 3 years. My MM appeared to be smoldering and meant developing slowly. Practice is for doctors to watch and wait to start treatment until the cancer becomes active. 

For ten years, I was observed with blood work and X-rays to determine progression. I showed no progression. Suddenly in 2008, I experienced severe pain that prevented normal functioning. I was examined and MM had not appeared to have progressed. An MRI was done and found I was a mess with seven bone fractures. 

I asked why MRI’s were not done annually. I was told it was too much. That meant too much expense. The cancer progression could have been found earlier but the scientific testing was too expensive. The survival average was still one to three years but a new discovery with thalidomide appeared to be changing longevity. 

My oncologist said I might survive a year or possibly longer. It was not predicable because every patient differs. I had seven fractures in my back and needed a walker to move. There are holes in my skull. Getting out of bed can break bones. Treatment began to bring the cancer under control for me to have a bone marrow transplant. 

I visited Karen’s second grade class to give a science talk but we also addressed my health and MM. It was obvious I was in poor health. I told the class that I would attend their high school graduation in ten years despite the prediction of three or less years survival. I stated my goal was to productively serve others to age 75.

The cancer is not curable but is somewhat manageable. Treatments improved my health enough for the bone marrow transplant. Later the cancer took control again and a final bone marrow transplant followed using my stem cells. Scientific stem cell research has prolonged my life and allowed me continued productively to serve the community. I continue writing nature niche articles and each year I wonder if I will survive to complete another year’s articles. I manage Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary for enhancing biodiversity and share its wonders of life with others. Management is personally financed but donations are welcome. I have distributed my insect research specimens to major museums across the nation and still present programs. 

As expected the cancer began advancing again and my oncologist suggested I participate in a clinical trial at the U of Chicago. I was accepted and four years later I am functioning. I have frustrating limitations. I received a call the last week of May informing me the cancer is advancing and a new survival plan will be tried.

I move extremely slowly, tire easily, have weakness, experience short term memory loss from chemo brain, and have a list of 20 chemo side effects. Some are minor and some significant. Despite mean survival indicating I would not reach age 50, I continue. I was 47 at first diagnosis. At age 57, I was severely crippled but have rebounded with treatment. Now ten years later at age 67 it appears I will see my 68th birthday. 

I told the 2nd graders ten years ago I would attend their graduation. Karen and I have cried at different times. Now we can cry with joy that I will be able to attend her students’ graduation. My goal of living productively to age 75 remains possible. Experimental science, clinical trials, personal determination, and prayer all help. 

Karen hosted a three-year survival party when I reached what was thought the long end of survival. Now special treatment has a survival longevity of 7 to 8 years. I am in year ten the way doctors count. They count from when treatment begins. I count from diagnosis and that is twenty years. I thank everyone that has been supportive. The 2nd graders lives have progressed and they have likely forgotten me but I remember my promise to them.

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at odybrook@chartermi.net – Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary, 13010 Northland Dr. Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or call 616-696-1753.

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Remember to report all caught muskellunge and lake sturgeon

From the Michigan DNR

With the statewide muskellunge possession season opening Saturday, June 2, anglers are reminded that a new registration system is now in place for any fish you reel in.  

The muskellunge harvest tag is no longer required or available. If you do harvest a muskie (meaning you catch and keep the fish), you must report it within 24 hours, either:

Online at michigan.gov/registerfish.

By calling toll-free 844-345-FISH (3474).

Or in person (with advance notice of your arrival) at any DNR customer service center during regular state business. Fish registrations won’t be accepted at any state fish hatcheries or DNR field offices, only at DNR customer service centers. 

The same process is now in place for lake sturgeon, too, although no fishing and/or possession seasons open for that species until July 16. The lake sturgeon fishing permit and harvest tags are no longer needed or available. 

Both of these changes went into effect at the start of the 2018 fishing season, April 1. 

For more information on Michigan fishing licenses and regulation, check out the 2018 Michigan Fishing Guide – available at license retailers or online at michigan.gov/dnrdigests, and the online version is always up to date and available to download – or contact Cory Kovacs, 906-293-5131, ext. 4071 or Elyse Walter, 517-284-5839. 

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Caution can help prevent human-caused wildfires

This stand of trees near Lake Superior was severely damaged during a wildfire.

By Kelsey Block, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

It was a snowy day near Grayling in March, 1990. A homeowner had recently cleared a section of land and planned to burn the resulting brush piles. Logs and branches were piled high, ignited and monitored. The large piles smoked and smoldered for a few weeks before putting themselves out. All seemed well.

A month later, the fires rekindled and, again, seemed to burn themselves out.

Three weeks later, a neighbor noticed the stubborn piles were burning again. In less than 20 minutes, the fire escaped into the surrounding forest.

Burning conditions can change very quickly in the spring. Consider composting as an alternative to burning, and, if you do decide to burn, never leave the fire unattended.

As it turns out, the fire had never gone out in the first place. It had been burning deep in the middle of the pile from mid-March to early May. On May 8, the wind picked up, bringing a new air supply to the pile’s interior and helping the fire to grow.

Crews contained the fire in less than two days. But, by the time it was all said and done—almost seven weeks after the first flame was sparked—nearly 6,000 acres had burned, $5.5 million in property had been lost and $700,000 in timber had been destroyed.

Firefighting equipment and techniques have continually evolved since that Stephan Bridge Road fire nearly 30 years ago, but one thing stubbornly remains the same: nine out of 10 wildfires are caused by people.

“Almost all wildfires in Michigan start by accident,” said Jim Fisher, Michigan Department of Natural Resources fire program manager. “The wind picks up and a brush fire gets away or a campfire smolders and comes back to life.”

Approximately 600 wildfires are reported in Michigan each year, and out-of-control debris burning is the top cause. 

 The Stephan Bridge Road fire was a tough lesson to learn: even when precautions are taken, fires can still escape.

You can take some simple steps to fire-proof your property. Clean out your gutters, mow the lawn regularly and consider landscaping with plants that are fire-resistant. The driveway of this home acted as a fire buffer during the Duck Lake Fire in 2012.

It’s especially important to use caution with fire in the spring. March, April, May and June are Michigan’s busiest months for wildfires, claiming 83 percent of fires in 2017. 

The dead grass and leaves from the previous year dry very quickly as days become longer, temperatures begin to rise and humidity levels are often at their lowest points.

“In Michigan, the soils are sandy and don’t hold moisture. We usually get rain and then a low relative humidity when a weather front moves through. We can get a couple inches of rain and, in two days, have a 5,000-acre fire,” said Chris Peterson, fire and aviation staff officer for the Huron-Manistee National Forests.

Fire activity also peaks on weekends. Last year, 48 percent of wildfires occurred between Saturday and Monday.

“Folks come up for the weekend and they burn and don’t put out their fire. Then it comes back to life on Monday,” Peterson said.

So far, 140 fires have burned 826 acres in Michigan this year.

What can you do to prevent it?

For starters, always check for a burn permit at www.michigan.gov/burnpermit or your local fire department before you burn yard debris and brush piles.

“Burning conditions can change very quickly, especially this time of year. The wind can switch suddenly, and the fire can get away from you,” Fisher said. “Never leave a fire unattended and always keep water nearby.”

You can also take some easy steps to protect your home from wildfires—especially important since 63 percent of fires start on private property.

“Fire-proof your property. Cut back trees and brush and plant vegetation that does not carry fire. Don’t park equipment, boats or trailers up next to burn piles or in thick vegetation,” Peterson said.

Examples of plants that are resistant to fire include those that retain moisture, like hostas and succulents.

Make sure your house number is easily visible and leave room for emergency responders to work in the event a fire does occur.

Bill Forbush, City of Alpena Fire Department chief, urges people not to be complacent about fire safety. It’s just as important to have working smoke detectors in vacation residences, cabins and campers as it is to have them in your permanent home, he said. 

“Some people say, ‘it can’t happen to me.’ People don’t anticipate that there will be a problem. That’s not always the case,” he said.

Whether you’re burning brush or lighting a campfire, be absolutely sure your fire is out before leaving it unattended.

“One bucket (of water) isn’t going to do it. Turn the coals over and wet it down thoroughly,” Forbush said.

In the event your fire does escape, call 9-1-1, and don’t try to put it out yourself. 

For more information on wildfires and fire safety, go to www.michigan.gov/firemanagement.

 

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Science and Emotion

Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche

 

I am told as a biologist I cannot be emotional. Yet everything I live for, strive for, and believe in is in the dirt outside my door. The dirt outside my door is being carried away and someone says I have not the right to be emotional because I’m a scientist?—Ranger Steve Mueller 7 October 1974

In May 1973 I fell completely in love with Bryce Canyon Nat’l Park and was fortunate to become employed as a ranger there in 1974. My daughter was born there in 1980, my career and family took us in new directions but my heart and soul remained scientifically and emotionally true to that remnant of Eden.

I began working for the creation of Grand Staircase wilderness that lies between Bryce Canyon NP and Grand Canyon NP. The fragile desolate area stretches 80 miles north to south and 150 miles east to west. People recognized the uniqueness and fragility of the area. Focus groups worked for suitable protection.

Competing interests differed. Since the 1920’s, compromises developed. In the 1990’s President Clinton used the Antiquities Act to established Grand Staircase National Monument on public land. It did not meet some of my desires for protecting part of Eden that remains on Earth. It did not meet the desires of others wanting to exploit its cultural and natural resources for short term personal gain. Difficult compromises developed. 

States are granted school land sections as a process of deeding when States are established. Utah wanted compensation for state lands within what became Grand Staircase Nat’l Monument. The federal government deeded other federal lands richer in oil, natural gas, and coal to compensate Utah. 

The establishment of Grand Staircase NM became a long term economic boost for small towns. Recreation increased along with rapid growth of sustainable businesses during the past twenty years. Mining, pollution, and landscape destruction are not compatible with fragility of the arid environment and unique ecosystem species. 

Dr. Dave Warners, Calvin College biologist stated, we’re not heading in a good direction on our current path with the relationship between global temperature, CO2 levels, human population and the prevalence of species extinction that approximates 50,000 species going extinct annually. He suggests:

Preservation—setting aside natural, protected areas, such as national parks

Conservation Biology—Managing those preserved areas

Restoration ecology—Improving degraded areas

Reconciliation—the process of deliberately sharing our habitats with other species.

Compromises developed for establishing Grand Staircase NM. Congress has sole authority to make adjustments. President Trump does not agree with our laws and claims he can dictatorially exempt designated laws protecting the monuments, environment, and private property like those along the Mexican border. He is taking public and private land without due process of law.

Wilderness Society president said, “The Trump administration is ignoring local communities and undoing the thoughtful participation of countless individuals that led to the creation of these national monuments.” She added the Wilderness Society will stand up against the Trump Administration’s illegal actions in court where the facts are on our side. Allies in eight national conservation groups, the $887 billion outdoor recreation industry, and five Native American Nations have sued to restore the protections of Grand Staircase and Bears Ears National Monuments that were established through public involvement and compromise. 

Bill Spalding, business owner by Grand Staircase said, “Without the monument, our business wouldn’t exist.”

I continue scientific nature niche research in the region and emotionally recognize remnants of Eden need protection. I encourage influencing your representative and senators to protect Grand Staircase and due process of law from illegal dictatorial exemption. Rep. Amash has not been favorable toward monument protection.

I have spent scientific and emotional energy for over 40 years with the specific mission to protect the Grand Staircase ecological integrity. Compromise was reached. An illegal dictatorial decision by the Trump administration has negated my life’s work and a reader in January told me I do not have the right to be emotional – stick to science. Other readers have applauded my efforts in defense of creation care. 

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at odybrook@chartermi.net – Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary, 13010 Northland Dr. Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or call 616-696-1753.

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