The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) presented Michigan
United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) with a Partners in
Conservation Award at its regular monthly meeting Thursday,
June 14, in Lansing. The award honored the group's 75th
Department of Natural Resources Director Rodney Stokes
recited a litany of contributions MUCC has made to the cause
of conservation, including involvement in summer youth camps;
the creation of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund;
the success of Michigan's landmark "Bottle
Bill;" and 1996 campaigns to pass Proposal G - affirming
the NRC's authority to make hunting regulations - and
defeat an anti-bear hunting initiative.
Most recently, MUCC played a key role in securing the passage
of the Hunter Heritage bills, which eliminated the minimum
hunting age and created a Mentored Youth Hunting program.
"Michigan United Conservations Clubs has been on the
forefront of virtually every important conservation battle in
this state since its inception in 1937," Stokes said.
"It is with great appreciation and admiration that we
recognize MUCC's numerous achievements on the natural
resources front during its 75th anniversary
Partners in Conservation Awards are presented to
organizations or individuals who have been nominated by DNR
staff members for their outstanding contributions to natural
resources causes in Michigan.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to
the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment
of the state's natural and cultural resources for current
and future generations.www.michigan.gov/dnr.