Agriculture Census 2017

June 16, 2017

Upper Peninsula Farm Census – The Census of Agriculture is the only complete count of US farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It includes even the smallest plots of land – rural or urban – growing fruits, vegetables, or raising food animals, if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year. The information produced by the Census of Agriculture guides Congress, agribusiness, policymakers, researchers, local governments and many others on the creation and funding of agricultural programs and services – decisions that can directly impact your local operations and the future of the agriculture industry for years to come.

New farmers or existing farmers who have not participated in a prior census still have time to sign up and be counted through the end of June.Read the rest

DNR To Hold Open House on Proposed ORV Route in Mackinac County

May 25, 2017

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has scheduled an open house for next week to gather public comment on an off-road vehicle route connector proposal in Mackinac County.

The proposed ORV route would connect Moran and Detour, and neighboring communities.

The open house is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT, Tuesday May 30 at the Clark Township Hall, located at 207 North Blind Line Road in Cedarville.

“This connector will provide access to a number of communities and services needed for destination riding of ORVs,” said Paul Gaberdiel, DNR recreation trails specialist for the eastern Upper Peninsula. “This route proposal has been initiated by the Les Cheneaux Snowmobile Club grant sponsor and is supported by local townships. The connector would use a variety of national forest, county and state highways, and state forest roads, totaling over 100 miles.”

A variety of partners supporting the proposal include the U.S.… Read the rest

Boat Launch Improvements Completed at Victoria Dam in Ontonagon County

May 24, 2017

Ontonagon, Michigan – With walleye season now open, Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries officials have announced improved access to good fishing opportunities at the Victoria Dam via a boat launch facility improved recently by the Upper Peninsula Power Co.

“The improved boat launch site now includes parking for both cars and trucks with trailers, four spots each,” said Jarrod Nelson, UPPCO environmental specialist. “Additionally, the upgrades have provided added space for launching boats, with an improved grade for pulling in and out of the boat launch.”

The project, which was funded by the Bond Falls Mitigation Enhancement Fund, which UPPCO maintains, was completed to improve recreational access to the Victoria Reservoir and improve parking at the site. Work began in August 2016 and was completed in October.The Victoria Dam on the West Branch of the Ontonagon River provides good sport fishing opportunities.

UPPCO owns and operates seven hydroelectric generation stations in the Upper Peninsula, including the Victoria station, a facility on the West Branch of the Ontonagon River, built in 1931, with two units having a combined 12 megawatt capacity.… Read the rest

DNR’s Stream Fish Population Trend Viewer Updated With Fresh Content

May 24, 2017

DNR’s Stream Fish Population Trend Viewer Updated With Fresh Content

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the annual update to its web application designed to inform the public on local and regional trends in abundance, growth and survival of important fish populations in selected streams across Michigan is complete.

The application was developed and launched by the DNR in 2014 and summarizes data collected from a network of fish population survey sites, with data for some sites going back to 1947.

“The Stream Fish Population Trend Viewer features more than 40 streams that represent a range of conditions in terms of stream size, temperature and Great Lakes access,” said DNR fisheries research biologist Troy Zorn. “The focus is on streams with long-term data and naturally reproducing populations of trout, Great Lakes salmonids or smallmouth bass to provide users with information on self-sustaining fish populations around the state.”

Since trends in stream fish populations largely are influenced by regional climate and flow conditions, repeatedly going back to the same locations annually provides a clear understanding of trends in a stream.… Read the rest

NCLL Hosts Oregon Trail Presentation – 5/3/17

May 2, 2017

Marquette, MIMay 2, 2017 – The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host a presentation about the Oregon Trail from 12:15-1:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at the Negaunee Senior Center. There will also be an optional lunch at 11 a.m.

Researcher and author Robert Dobson, who has traveled the Oregon Trail four times, will lead the presentation. He will share diary excerpts, interactions with Native Americans, maps and photos of wagons and equipment, the hardships of the trail itself and the influence of weather and disease.

The cost is $3 for NCLL members and $8 for non-members. The Negaunee Senior Center is located at 410 Jackson St. in Negaunee. For more information, contact Carole Bard at 228-9367. Register before Tuesday, April 25, by calling 227-2979 or emailing

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Deadline Extended for 2017 Blueberry Festival Poster Contest Submissions – 5/9/17

May 1, 2017

Marquette, MIMay 1, 2017 – The Marquette Downtown Development Authority has extended the deadline for submissions for the 2017 Blueberry Festival Poster Contest to Tuesday, May 9. The DDA offices will be closed from May 1-5, so we will be unable to accept entries during this week.

The Marquette DDA invites residents of all ages and skill levels to submit original artwork for the 2017 Blueberry Festival Poster contest. The selected design will be reproduced as a full-color, limited edition poster. Original artwork in any medium is welcome but should not be larger than 11″ x 17″ and must not have been previously reproduced. New this year, no lettering or text will be allowed on the artwork, except for the artist’s signature, which should be no more than 1″ x 3″ in size.

The winning entry will be determined by a combined score based on an online vote open to the public and a panel of judges comprised of local artists, downtown business owners and public officials.… Read the rest

Marquette Downtown Development Authority Offices Closed May 1-5, 2017

April 30, 2017

Marquette, MIApril 30, 2017 – The Marquette Downtown Development Authority offices will be closed Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 5, 2017. The office staff from the DDA will be traveling to Pittsburgh for the 2017 National Main Street Now Conference. DDA staff are excited to learn how to position Marquette at the forefront of the new economy, dive into the critical intersection of health and place, discover how commercial districts can be drivers of equity and inclusion, and much more. The DDA office will reopen Monday, May 8 at 9:00 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.… Read the rest

NMU Seaborg Center Offers Isle Royale Summer Expedition

April 30, 2017

Marquette, MIApril 30, 2017 – Registration is open for a summer Family Camp Expedition on Isle Royale, Lake Superior’s largest island, presented by Northern Michigan University’s Seaborg Center. The program runs Sunday, June 25-Friday, June 30. Participants will camp at Fork Wilkins State Park before traveling to Isle Royale for hiking, kayaking and exploration. Evening programs will feature island history, ecology and creative activities.

The trip is open to children ages 10 and older. At least one parent, aunt, uncle, guardian or grandparent must accompany each child. Travelers will kayak to nearby small islands and watch for wildlife along the shore. They will also search for wildflowers and signs of the families who once lived there.

Karen Bacula, Marquette Area Public Schools teacher and Isle Royale camping veteran, will guide the expedition for the third time.

“This trip is unique because we will be spending four days at Malone Bay, which is one of the more difficult places to reach on Isle Royale,” said Bacula.… Read the rest

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