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Ruling on trout boosts U.P. mining project
Jim Lynch / The Detroit News
Federal officials dealt a setback to opponents of a proposed nickel mine in the Upper Peninsula Monday by declining to place a trout species that spawns in the area on the endangered species list. Conservation groups looking to block Kennecott Minerals Inc. from mining 160 acres of state land near Marquette had hoped the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would designate the Coaster Brook Trout for federal protection. That designation may have forced Kennecott to revise its permit applications seeking state approval for the project. But three years after the Sierra Club and Huron Mountain Club petitioned for the trout to receive endangered species status, the federal government announced Monday it would not do so.
"We know Coaster Brook Trout in the Great Lakes face a number of challenges, as do many Great Lakes fisheries," said Tom Meilius, the U.S Fish and Wildlife's Midwest regional director, in a press release. "The Service is committed to its ongoing Coaster Brook Trout conservation and rehabilitation efforts." Sierra Club and Huron Mountain Club officials have said the Kennecott project -- called the Eagle Project -- could be the litmus test for Michigan laws passed in 2004 to regulate new mining efforts. If the Eagle Project goes through, they argue, similar mining efforts won't be far behind.
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Sustainable Forestry Workshop-July 18, 2009 at 11am. Meet at YDWP office in Big Bay.
Great Lakes Walk, Paddle, and Roll- Join the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, SavetheWildUP.org, and Freshwater Future in a Great Lakes Walk, Paddle, and Roll Fundraising event. The next leg of the fundraiser, the walking section, will take place on July 12, 2009 at noon in Big Bay as a Wilderness Orienteering Walk. Those who wish to directly participate can attend and are asked to collect pledges. There will be a mini-workshop on how to use a compass, read a map, and get your bearings in the natural world. After the workshop, participants will go out and use their skills during their walk.
If you would like to donate a pledge, please do so online at www.firstgiving.com/freshwaterfuture . If you would like to participate in the walk, please meet at the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve office in Big Bay at 303 Bensinger Dr. Call 906-345-9223 or 906-228-4444 for more details. We would like to thank all of our sponsors John G. Shedd Aquarium, Grand Traverse Casino and Resort, and Big Bay Outfitters.
Nature Mapping Workshop- July 24-26, 2009
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