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E-M:/ South Fox Island - MUCC opposes exchange

Enviro-Mich message from "Upton, Brian" <BUPTON@mail.gtbindians.com>

For those who haven't heard, the Board of Directors for Michigan United
Conservation Clubs (MUCC) unanimously adopted a resolution on August 12,
2001 stating their opposition to the DNR's proposed land exchange on South
Fox Island.  MUCC joins a large group of other organizations (and
individuals) who oppose the proposed swap.

The list of groups who have gone on record as opposing the potential
exchange include the following:

1)   Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
2)   South Fox Island Public Hunters Club
3)   Michigan Resource Stewards (former DNR officials, staff, and other
4)   Michigan Land Use Institute
5)   Sierra Club - Traverse Group
6)   Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC)
7)   Defenders of Wildlife - Washington, D.C. office
8)   Michigan Conservation Foundation
9)   Grand Traverse Audubon Club
10)  Leelanau Democrats (resolution adopted 1/27/01)
11)  Lapeer Sportsmen's Club (resolution adopted 3/7/01)
12) Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) (resolution adopted 8/12/01)
13) Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) Region IV (resolution adopted
14) Endangered Species Coalition (headquartered in Washington, D.C.)

Following are some highlights from the text of the MUCC's 8/12/01

"WHEREAS the consolidation would transfer publicly owned, excellent quality,
globally rare, perched dunes which support some of the largest Coastal
Cedars in the State, and which offer excellent hunting opportunities, into
private ownership, and
WHEREAS the consolidation would transfer ownership of historic Piping Plover
Habitat at the south end from public ownership to private ownership, and
WHEREAS the primary nesting habitat for the endangered Piping Plover would
be adversely affected by development which would occur at the south end, and

WHEREAS the deed to the 115 acres at the south end of South Fox Island,
which includes the lighthouse, contains clauses that require that said
property be retained for public recreation . . ., and
WHEREAS the deed to said property states that the property shall not be
disposed of except to another local government agency which can assure the
continued use and maintenance of the property for public recreational
purposes, and 
WHEREAS the consolidation would nullify the deed restrictions and transfer
the above mentioned publicly owned land to private ownership, and
WHEREAS Conservation Easements and conservation deed restrictions must be
inviolate in order to be a useful Conservation tool,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the Michigan United Conservation Clubs oppose
the proposed 2000-2001 consolidation of public holdings on South Fox

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