Ben East, a member of the Michigan Conservation Hall of Fame and legendary outdoor writer for Outdoor Life, wrote this account of the extraordinary effort to preserve what is now the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. It is an excellent example of the writing that earned Ben East the acclaim he enjoyed, as well as the determination required in any era to achieve conservation success on the ground. The Porkies are still much as East described them almost 40 years ago; the photos included in this article were taken just this past fall. - Drew YoungeDyke, Editor
For today's Throwback article, we're presenting our full editorial from the August 1976 issue of Michigan Out-of-Doors, just after what is now the Natural Resources Trust Fund was passed by the legislature awaiting Gov. Milliken's signature, which was forthcoming. Though we're celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Trust Fund, appropriately called a "Conservation Milestone" in this editorial, it's worth considering the parallels we face today. Energy development is often portrayed as "economy versus ecology," as it was back then, but we showed that through compromise we can have both. And at a time when there are too many attacks on the very notion of public land, the Trust Fund reminds us that public land is a uniquely American birthright and Michigan was a conservation pioneer in creating this mechanism for the acquisition of more of a great thing for its citizens.
This AROUND MICHIGAN update from the Northern Lower Peninsula appears in the Fall 2016 issue of Michigan Out-of-Doors. AROUND MICHIGAN is a regular department which highlights conservation news from "two peninsulas and four Great Lakes."
Dennis Eade, president of the Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fishermen's Association, attended a recent tour given to Michigan state legislators by proponents of aquaculture in the Great Lakes, the subject of pending legislation. Michigan United Conservation Clubs opposes the placement of cage culture, or net-pen, aquaculture systems in Michigan-controlled waters of the Great Lakes due to the risks they pose to wild fisheries through effluent, disease and escapement.