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E-M:/ conservation trail suggestions

Enviro-Mich message from "Dave Dempsey" <davedem@hotmail.com>

The Michigan Environmental Council has begun work on a long-term project to recognize key persons and milestones in Michigan's conservation and environmental history and to increase awareness among Michigan citizens of the role public advocates have played in conserving the state's natural resources.

Part of the project is a "Michigan Conservation Trail," a series of sites that will be linked in publications, web materials and other media and that explain the key themes of the state's conservation history. Initial proposed sites on the trail include markers related to the parks advocacy of E. Genevieve Gillette, the Kirtland's warbler story, and the recovery of the Detroit River.

Ultimately, the Trail should include up to 4 dozen important sites from border-to-border in Michigan covering conservation, pollution cleanup and other issues. Although best linked to the efforts of individual advocates or groups of advocates, nominated sites may be significant for other reasons. Sifting through the nominations, MEC will select the best for further research, recognition and public education.

Michigan?s conservation and environmental history is literally of more than academic importance. Learning about the mistakes and successes of the state?s past can help produce a more informed citizenry empowered to prevent future mistakes and protect the state?s air, water, land, fish and wildlife for generations to come. At the same time, it can promote pride in Michigan?s outstanding environment and the heritage of citizen action to protect natural resources. Your thoughts on how to expand and promote the Michigan Conservation Trail, and nominated sites, are welcome. Please contact me by e-mail or by phone.

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