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Funding Avail. for Habitat Enhancement Projects in U.P.



This is an important notice to let groups/individuals in Michigan know that
there is $1.2 million from the Lake Superior Trust Fund available for
habitat enhancement projects in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  This money
was generated from the settlement of a National Wildlife Federation
(NWF) lawsuit against Copper Range Co. for violations of the Clean Air
Act for the operation of its copper smelter in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
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PLEASE FORWARD TO OTHERS THAT MAY BE INTERESTED
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PROPOSALS ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED AND SHOULD BE
SENT TO: LAURA ROSE DAY, NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION, 
506 E. LIBERTY, 2ND FLOOR, ANN ARBOR, MI  48104-2210.  PHONE:
(313) 769-3351 FAX: (313) 769-1449.  PROPOSALS WILL CONTINUE 
TO BE ACCEPTED UNTIL THE MONEY IS SPENT.  
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IMPORTANT NOTE: The next meeting of the Lake Superior Trust Habitat
Enhancement Project Advisory Committee will be Oct. 25, 1996.  Any
new proposals will be elgible for consideration by the committee.  If you
would like assistance in putting together a proposal before this meeting,
please contact us.
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NWF is a member of the Lake Superior Trust Habitat Advisory Committee
which will decide on how the money should be spent.  Other members of
the committee include the Michigan DNR, the Wisconsin DNR, Michigan
United Conservation Clubs, a Native American community representative
from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

Attached are copies of the "Lake Superior Basin Trust Habitat
Enhancement Project Guidelines" and the "Lake Superior Basin Trust
Selection Process for Habitat Enhancement Projects" for use in drafting
project proposals.  Note: the "Ecosystem Principles and Objectives for
Lake Superior" which is referenced in the project guidelines can be
mailed to you upon request.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you
should have any questions.

Sincerely,

Lisa S. Yee
National Wildlife Federation
Lake Superior & Biodiversity Project Organizer/ Regional Representative
506 E. Liberty, 2nd Floor
Ann Arbor, MI  48104-2210
E-mail: yee@nwf.org
Ph: (313) 769-3351
Fx: (313) 769-1449
http://www.greatlakes.nwf.org/superior/home.html


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            LAKE SUPERIOR BASIN TRUST
     HABITAT ENHANCEMENT PROJECT GUIDELINES
                        
                     Purpose
                        
"Trust fund projects shall restore, protect or enhance resources or habitat
in the Lake Superior Basin of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan which may
be subject to damage from air pollution from industrial sources in the
region."  (II.3.)

              Project Requirements
                        
Trust fund projects must conform with the following requirements:

1.   Projects must be implemented in the Lake Superior Basin of the
     Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  (II.3.)

2.   Project activities must be consistent with sections 170(c)(2) and
     501(c)(3) of the federal income tax code.  (VIII.A.)

3.   Projects may not use funding from the Lake Superior Basin Trust
     as a substitute for traditional sources of funding.  (VIII.B.)

4.   Projects cannot financially benefit the Michigan United
     Conservation Clubs or the National Wildlife Federation. 
     (VIII.C.)

             Project Recommendations

Project proposals that conform with one or more of these
recommendations will have increased priority for funding:

1.   The proposed project focuses on habitats or resources threatened
     by air pollution from industrial sources, mining activities, or
     other resource extraction industries.

2.   The proposed project acquires property which facilitates the
     restoration, protection, or enhancement of resources.

3.   The proposed project restores native habitat, corridor linkages, or
     species that have been threatened by past pollution or industrial
     activity.

4.   The proposed project incorporates the ecosystem objectives
     published by the Lake Superior Work Group in Ecosystem
     Principles and Objectives, Indicators and Targets for Lake
     Superior (pp. 5-10).

5.   The proposed project is a new one.

6.   The proposed project has multiple funding sources. These
     funding sources should be listed in the project proposal.

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            LAKE SUPERIOR BASIN TRUST
              SELECTION PROCESS FOR
          HABITAT ENHANCEMENT PROJECTS
                        
                        
     The Lake Superior Basin Trust's selection process will provide a
consistent method and procedure for selecting proposed habitat
enhancement projects.  The process will be open and public, to help ensure
political integrity and access.  The process is based on the requirements of
the Declaration of Trust and practical management methods appropriate for
this type of trust.

Introduction of proposals:

     Any member of the advisory committee (AC) can introduce a
proposed project.  The proposed project can come from any source within
the AC member's organization or agency, or from outside organizations or
individuals.  Organizations or individuals not represented on the AC must
have their proposal introduced through an AC member.  However, AC
members may not refuse to introduce a proposal.  AC members are
responsible for promptly introducing all proposals brought to their
attention.  Introduction of a proposal does not necessarily indicate an AC
member's support for the proposal.

     To introduce a proposal, an AC member must mail a complete copy
of the proposal, including the dollar amount requested, to the Chair of the
Trust Board (or his designee).  The Chair of the Trust Board must then mail
complete copies to all AC members within fifteen (15) working days.  If
a complete copy is not feasible (due to extensive maps, graphic displays,
etc.), the Chair of the Trust Board can request a proposal summary and
mail the summary instead.  

Consideration of proposals:

     Upon receipt of an introduced proposal, AC members have the
responsibility of reviewing the proposal prior to the next meeting
(telephonic or otherwise) or within fourteen (14) working days, whichever
is later.  To aid in the consideration of a proposal, the Chair of the Trust
Board may request that an applicant appear (telephonic or otherwise) at the
next meeting.  

     AC members are encouraged to work with the applicant
organization to help make the proposed project conform with the project
guidelines.  An applicant can modify the proposal at any time to better
conform with the project guidelines.  Once the proposal has been clarified,
discussed, and modified (if necessary), the AC must vote on the proposal
at the next meeting or within one (1) month, whichever is later.  This will
ensure a balance between thorough consideration and prompt decision
making by the AC.




Approval and rejection of proposals:

     Following thorough consideration of a proposal, the AC must
promptly vote to approve or reject the proposal. The Trustees' review of
the proposal must include a review of the project for conformity with all
necessary requirements. The Trustees may not authorize the expenditure of
Trust funds for any Habitat Enhancement project unless an affirmative vote
of three-fifths of the members of the advisory committee has first
recommended such expenditure. The Trustees  shall not reject a Habitat
Enhancement project which has been recommended by a three-fifths
majority of the advisory committee unless it fails to meet the requirements
as established in Section II.3 (of the Trust Declaration) or is otherwise
inconsistent with the Trustees' fulfillment of their fiduciary duties owed to
the Trust.  (IV.D.2.)

     Once a project is approved, the Chair of the Trust Board must
promptly request a release of the approved trust funds. The project grant
should be dispersed promptly as determined by the schedule approved by
the AC in approving the grant application.