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Concerns over alewives, salmon spawn debate
Green Bay Press-Gazette (10/1)
A lot of eyes are focused on this yearís salmon spawning run, and plenty of ears await word on just when itís time for a trip to a favorite lakeshore river, but itís the mouths that are already running with rumors of Lake Michiganís salmon fishery in jeopardy of failing.

Michigan spruce, fir trees hit hard by budworm caterpillar
MLive (6/11)
Forestry officials are expecting another tough year for evergreen trees across Michigan thanks to a pesky native bug. The spruce budworm is expected to heavily impact white spruce and balsam fir trees across the Upper and northern Lower Peninsulas this year.

COMMENTARY: To protect Great Lakes, Lansing must keep pipeline safety info public
Detroit Free Press (6/11)
We need to know more about the oil pipelines that run under our Great Lakes, not less. But companies like Enbridge Energy Partners are supporting a move by Michiganís Legislature to keep documents about the safety of oil-bearing pipelines out of the public eye.

New plan lays out 30-year strategy for managing Michigan water
MLive.com (6/9)
The 160-page report titled "Sustaining Michigan's Water Heritage," includes dozens of recommendations for protecting and improving the state's water health paired with timelines and performance measurements.

This aging oil pipeline is in Great Lakes' 'worst possible place' for a spill
The Huffington Post (5/22)
Environmental activists say Michiganís tourism slogan "Pure MichiganĒ may no longer be accurate unless the state takes stronger action to prevent a 62-year-old oil pipeline from rupturing in a sensitive waterway.

Freighter that went aground in Lake St. Clair refloated
The Detroit News (7/29)
A 656-foot freighter that went aground in Lake St. Clair over the weekend has been refloated and will resume its trip to Montreal after one to two days of inspections, including an underwater survey of its hull.

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General Resources
Absolute Michigan
Absolute Michigan is a collection of links, features, news and information about the State of Michigan for Arts & Entertainment, Business, Community, Food & Dining, Homes, Lodging & Travel, Media, Recreation, Services, Shopping and Technology.

Great Lakes Commission
Since 1955, Michigan has been a valued member of the Great Lakes Commission.

Michigan Governor Profile
Includes biography, inaugural address, State of the State address and related links.

Michigan Sea Grant
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
A partnership between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University to promote the understanding and intelligent use of the Great Lakes.

Michigan State Government
A starting point to guide you to the many resources available from Michigan's state agencies, departments and other governmental branches.

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Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth
Its primary mission is to protect citizens through the licensing and regulation of a wide range of industries, professions and occupations.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation
A one-stop resource for businesses seeking to grow in Michigan, MEDC offers information on site location assistance, job training grants, permits and tax abatements.

Michigan Economic Profile
Northeast-Midwest Institute
The Northeast-Midwest Institute provides a variety of economic data about the state, including unemployment rate, per-capita income, gross state product, exports, government spending and demographics

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An Advocate's Field Guide to Protecting Lake Michigan
Alliance for the Great Lakes
After two years of research by organizations around Lake Michigan, this guidebook identifies basinwide threats; it is organized into three chapters: habitat restoration, toxic elimination and land and water conservation.

Detroit River (MI)
American Heritage Rivers
The American Heritage Rivers Initiative, established by an Executive Order in September 1997, is a program to help communities restore and revitalize waters and waterfronts.

Michigan Birding
Provides links to bird counts, checklists, publications and other Michigan birding sites.

Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation
Organized for educational and scientific purposes, MCWC's goal is to protect and conserve Michigan's water, natural resources and the public trust in those resources for the benefit of the public.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Their mission is to drive improvements in environmental quality for the protection of public health and natural resources to benefit current and future generations.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Responsible for managing the fishery, wildlife and forest resources of the state.

Michigan Land Conservancies, Trusts and Nature Centers
Little Traverse Conservancy
Contains information and links to the land conservancies nature centers, and other organizations in Michigan that are involved in land conservation and environmental education.

Michigan United Conservation Clubs
This statewide organization is devoted to the protection and enhancement of Michigan's natural resources through education and the promotion of quality outdoor recreation.

Michigan Water Environment Association
MWEA represents more than 1,700 water quality professionals statewide who are dedicated to preserving, restoring and enhancing Michigan's water resources.

MiCorps: Michigan Clean Water Corps
Michigan DEQ, Great Lakes Commission
The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) is a network of volunteer monitoring programs in Michigan, which was created through an executive order by Mich. Governor Jennifer M. Granholm to assist the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in collecting and sharing water quality data.

Northern Michigan Birding
Provides a sightings database and current birding news.

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
Celebrating its 25th year in 2004, the Watershed Council works to maintain the environmental integrity and economic and aesthetic values of lakes, streams, wetlands and ground water in Michigan's northern lower peninsula.

Michigan Sea Grant
Upwellings is the quarterly newsletter of Michigan Sea Grant, reporting on research, extension, education, and other Great Lakes issues and activities.

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The Great Lakes Circle Tour
Ride along on the 6,500-mile Great Lakes Circle Tour: a scenic, international road system connecting the five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River! For new visitors to the region, this online travel guide offers informational maps, road routes and estimated mileages, and links to major cities, camping and recreation areas, and natural attractions.

Mackinac State Historic Parks
Mackinac Island State Park Commission
Mackinac State Historic Parks protect, preserve and present Mackinac's rich cultural and natural resources to provide outstanding educational and recreational experiences for the public.

Michigan Charter Boat Association
Michigan Vacation Guide
Select listings of Michigan vacation getaways, cottages, resorts and B&B's by writers of the Michigan Vacation Guide. Highlights Michigan travel with property reviews, editor's choice selections, Newsletter, forum and more.

National Park Service Units in Michigan

Soo Locks Visitors Center
Located with the Soo Locks on Portage Avenue, this park and information center offers visitors to the Sault a tremendous opportunity to experience the engineering marvel that is the Soo Locks.

The Lighthouses of Michigan
Seeing The Light
Join lighthouse buffs Terry and Sue Pepper on a voyage of discovery around the Great Lakes and through history. This site features extensive photography, research and observations of the lights.

Travel Michigan
Traverse Magazine
Travel, events, dining and news from Up North.

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