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Outdoors

UPHS donates $10,000 to Noquemenon Ski Trails

MARQUETTE — In conjunction with its mission of “Making Communities Healthier,” UP Health System donated $10,000 to the Noquemanon Trail Network to support the maintenance of the central UP’s non-motorized trails, which are home to numerous outdoor activities, including hiking, trail ...

Mi-TRALE releases new UP trails app

HOUGHTON – MI-TRALE (Michigan Trails and Recreation Alliance of Land and the Environment), a local non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the safe and responsible use of multi-use trails for both motorized and non-motorized trail recreationalists, is pleased to announce the ...

Reward offered in elk poaching incidents in northern Lower Peninsula

The Safari Club International-Michigan Involvement Committee is concerned by numerous recent reports of elk being poached in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. As a result, the committee is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of an ...

Conservation officers increase snowmobile patrols over holiday weekend

Many people are expected to spend time outdoors over the upcoming three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Anticipating an influx of snowmobilers, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers – joined by local, state and federal officers – will be conducting group ...

CWD identified in Newaygo County farmed deer

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural and Development (MDARD) has confirmed chronic wasting disease (CWD) in three white-tailed deer from a Newaygo County deer farm. All three deer were four-and-a-half years old. The samples were submitted for routine testing as part of ...

Eastern UP snowmobile trails continue to be impacted by storm effects

Portions of Mackinac and Chippewa counties continue to feel the effects of recent snow and ice storms that hit the area, including portions of snowmobile trails administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. On Jan. 6, there were an estimated 120 miles of storm-damaged ...

Families ‘Ring in the New Year’ at Nara

HOUGHTON — Brock Howell’s kids started screaming and crying at home Saturday morning and kept at it in the car. But once they got the Nara Nature Park, it miraculously stopped. “It changed the whole day,” said Howell, who had just sledded down a hill with his son Mason, 5. ...

New interactive map highlights Great Lakes shipwrecks and their lore

The cold, fresh waters of the Great Lakes are literally littered with shipwrecks – pieces of history capturing chapters of a time when transport by water was as important as transport by land. Some, like the Syracuse, recall the Great Lakes’ sailing heyday, when goods and people ...

K-12 students invited to enter 2020 Michigan Junior Duck Stamp Contest

Calling all young artists: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting entries for the 2020 Michigan Junior Duck Stamp Contest administered by the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw. Entries must be postmarked by March 15. The USFWS has hosted the contest in Michigan since 1995 ...

Snowmobile trail segments closed in Mackinac County

Some snowmobile trail sections in the Curtis area of Mackinac County have been temporarily closed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources because of hazards posed by recent weather conditions. After recent snow and ice storms, followed by a warming trend, hazards posed by downed trees, ...

UPPCO urges caution around hydroelectric reservoirs water levels being lowered

MARQUETTE — As winter settles in across the region, Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) will begin lowering water levels at its hydroelectric reservoirs in anticipation of melting snow and precipitation during the spring of 2020. UPPCO’s hydroelectric project licenses are issued by the ...

Proprosals being sought Bond Falls Mitigation and Enhancement Fund Grant

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) is now accepting proposals through Feb. 21, 2020, for the annual Bond Falls Mitigation and Enhancement Fund (MEF) grant. The goal of the MEF grant is to create tangible, measurable improvements to aquatic and terrestrial environments within ...