Stories tagged: "Environment"


What’s Up With Morels? A Newbie Follows a Pro Hunter Into the Woods

As Angelina sweeps her walking stick across the forest floor, combing back the untamed foliage, I scan the area. I’ve been told to look for little brown caps rising from the undergrowth. I excitedly point one out, but it’s just a dead leaf. Angelina tells me that’s normal.  I spend a lot of time in...

Foraging Tips to Help Michiganders Find True Morel Mushrooms

While May is Michigan’s “Morel Month,” the actual fruiting period begins in late April and goes until mid-June. Before heading out to hunt, it’s important to know how to identify any wild mushroom before eating it.

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Keep Your Pruning Shears Away From Oak Trees This Spring, Warns Michigan’s Natural Resources Dept.

“Once oak wilt gets started, it is expensive to successfully manage and will kill all nearby red oaks over time, if untreated,” said James Wieferich, forest health specialist in the DNR’s Forest Resources Division. 

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Not Just Lead: Why Water Quality Questions Continue in Benton Harbor

As Benton Harbor water cleanup continues, activists want more assurance that tap water is safe to drink through filters. State officials say it is.

Photo Courtesy: T. Lawrence, Great Lakes Fishery Commission
The Numbers of So-Called Vampire Fish in the Great Lakes Are on the Rebound. What Have We Learned?

Invasive sea lamprey populations are on the rise, posing a threat to the environment and economy—but scientists have a plan.

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Young Michiganders Want Politicians to Prioritize Wildlife Recovery

Monarchs. Moose. Mussels. Some of Michigan’s most iconic species are at risk. A bipartisan bill would help the state protect them, and us. 

Cleaner Water, Better Fishing, Bigger Business: What New Funding Means for Michigan Great Lakes

From water skiing to fishing, water activities drive Michigan’s economy. A new investment in Michigan’s Great Lakes basin will pay dividends.