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E-M:/ in praise of Lone Tree Council

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

They called themselves the Lone Tree Council.

Now, the small band of about 100 -- under a dozen active -- members, who drew the name from Bay City author Les Arndt's 1970s environmental book "By These Waters," engages in battles against government and corporations regularly.

Lone Tree, which marks Earth Day today, has raised hackles with Dow Chemical Co. over dioxin contamination in the Tittabawassee River watershed. The group has struggled against federal, state and local agencies over a 220-acre Saginaw River dredging spoils site under construction in Zilwaukee and Frankenlust townships.

Miller, longtime chairman, makes no apologies for the environmentalist's role as an activist watchdog.

"Citizens need to keep their government accountable," he said. "The idea that the government will take care of you or regulators will take care of you is simply not true. A vigilant citizenry is required to make democracy work."


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