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E-M:/ Michigan Natural Features Inventory

Enviro-Mich message from Larry Nooden <ldnum@umich.edu>

Environmentalists/conservationists need to be more aware about the contributions of the Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) and its current trials.

MNFI analyzes/surveys Michigan's natural areas to provide a basis for management. They also monitor troubled species and their habitats. In addition to their impacts on conservation and Michigan quality of life, their services seem very important in a state where tourism dependent on natural resources is a major part of the economy. There's lots of interesting and useful information at their website (<http://web4.msue.msu.edu/mnfi/home.cfm>) concerning Michigan's biological communities and rare species.

MNFI has developed into a first class scientific unit serving Michigan's citizens. It is fabric of people with many kind of expertise working together. Right now, its future is precarious, but it should be supported. Michigan's infrastructure, both personnel resources and environmental, should not be allowed to disintegrate further. Our economic future and quality of life depend on it.

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