Capital News Service Budget – June 18, 2015
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COUGARHABITAT: Call it a potential comeback. Habitat is suitable for cougars to recolonize the Upper Great Lakes region, especially in the U.P. and eventually the Northern Lower Peninsula, say Michigan Technologic researchers. An increasing cougar population in the West is pushing the wild cats to expand eastward. We also hear from the DNR and Michigan Wildlife Conservancy. By Logan Clark. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, ALPENA, MONTMORENCY, LEELANAU, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, CADILLAC, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GLADWIN, HARBOR SPRINGS & ALL POINTS.
w/COUGARHABITATMAP: Study found best potential places for cougars to live. Credit: Habitat Capacity for Cougar Recolonization in the Upper Great Lakes Region, Michigan Technological University
TRAINROUTES: Transportation organizations are studying the feasibility four possible new passenger train routes that could benefit commuters and vacation travelers, provide environmental advantages and provide an economic boost to Michigan. They are a Howell-Ann Arbor commuter route, a Detroit-Ann Arbor commuter route, and longer Ann Arbor-Traverse City and Detroit-Lansing-Grand Rapids-Holland routes. We hear from the Michigan Environmental Council, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority and Michigan Land Use Institute. By Colleen Otte. FOR HOLLAND, TRAVERSE CITY, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE, CADILLAC, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS & ALL POINTS.
w/TRAINROUTESMAP: Proposed passenger train routes in the Northern Lower Peninsula. Credit: Michigan Land Use Institute.
EARTHWORMINVADERS: The last Ice Age wiped out earthworms in the Great Lakes region. Now, after composting and fishing reintroduced them to the region, they’re wreaking havoc on northern forest soil nutrients, contributing to algal blooms, smaller trilliums and shrinking hummingbird populations. We talk about the implications with experts from Michigan Tech, U.S. Forest Service and University of Michigan. By Chris Symons. FOR CADILLAC, CHEBOYGAN, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GLADWIN, MONTMORENCY, ALCONA, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, PETOSKEY, BIG RAPIDS, LUDINGTON, HOLLAND, LEELANAU, GREENVILLE, LAKE COUNTY, HERALD STAR & ALL POINTS.
ARTIFICIALREEFS: Artificial reefs in all five Great Lakes and some tributaries are intended to improve sport-fishing, enhance fish habitats and reduce the impact of current and waves. But it’s uncertain whether they’ve been as successful as hoped in achieving those goals, according to the U.S. Geological Service’s Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor. Among the reefs cited in their study are ones in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers, near the Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman and J.H. Campbell Power Plant in Ludington, Hamilton Reef in Muskegon and ones in Thunder Bay and Port Huron. By Eric Freedman. FOR LUDINGTON, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, LEELANAU, CHEBOYGAN, HARBOR SPRINGS, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS, MARQUETTE, ALCONA, SAULT STE. MARIE & ALL POINTS.
w/ARTIFICIALREEFSDIAGRAM: Diagram of spawning reefs in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers. Credit: Michigan Sea Grant
FARMLANDEASEMENT: A Bankruptcy Court judge has cleared the way for a debtor to sell her Washtenaw County farm property despite a conservation easement owned by a local land conservancy. However, the purchaser must comply with the easement that bans non-farming use of part of the land. Legacy Land Conservancy, which bought the easement in 2003 with U.S. Agriculture Department financial support, unsuccessfully challenged the proposed sale of the property. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS.
DETROITREFUGE: What was once considered the ultimate paradox is now setting a precedent for urban development – a Detroit-area wildlife refuge along what was once one of North America’s most polluted rivers. We talk to the international refuge’s first manager, who has just written a book about the innovative project. By Kevin Duffy. FOR ALL POINTS.
w/DETROITREFUGECOVER: Bringing Conservation to Cities: Lessons from Building the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Michigan State University Press.
Capital News Service Budget – June 18, 2015