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E-M:/ Michigan Youth Conservation Council

The Michigan 4-H Youth Conservation Council (M4-HYCC) helps Michigan teens who are interested in current environmental issues become involved with state and local governments to help resolve those issues. M4-HYCC was created by the Michigan Senate in 1999 and is coordinated by Michigan 4-H Youth Development. Teens from each region in Michigan may apply to participate in M4-HYCC.  You do not need to be a 4-H member to join.

Each year M4-HYCC members select and research a current environmental issue. They interview people, listen to presentations by professionals, surf the Internet, and read books and articles on the chosen topic.

Around Earth Day (April 22) each year, council members testify about their research before a Michigan legislative committee. Their intensive research and testimony have made a difference. For example, M4-HYCC members testified about a bill introduced in 2000 (and passed in 2002) that promoted the development of the Michigan heritage water trail program. In 2003, their recommendations led to the introduction of a bill in the state Senate that directed the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to include information in its boating safety course on proper marine fueling techniques, the problems that marine fuel spills may cause to lakes and rivers, and how and where to report a marine fuel spill.

An application is available at http://web1.msue.msu.edu/cyf/youth/M4HYCC/M4HYCCapp.doc

To find your county's MSU Extension Office and 4-H Youth Educator, go to
http://www.msue.msu.edu and click on Offices/Staff on the left side of the page.

Darren Bagley, Natural Resources Educator
MSU Extension-Genesee County
G-4215 W. Pasadena
Flint, MI 48504-2376
tel: (810) 244-8524  fax: (810) 732-1400
web site:  http://www.msue.msu.edu/genesee/natres

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without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age,
disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, or
family status.