CNS budget, Oct. 21, 2022

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Week 7 – 10/21/22

CNS Budget

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Judy Putnam

Welcome to the seventh CNS file of the 2022 fall semester. 

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Eryn Ho at (616) 485-9295,

For other matters, contact Dave Poulson at (517) 899-1640;

Here is your file:

SAND DUNES:  A new set of maps of Michigan’s shifting sand dunes gives shoreline communities a better tool for protecting a natural asset that spurs local economies and hosts unique species. By Liam Jackson  FOR LUDINGTON, HOLLAND, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, MARQUETTE, HOLLAND, BENZIE COUNTY, LEELANAU, ALPENA, BAY MILLS, ALCONA, IRON MOUNTAIN AND ALL POINTS.

TEACHER HEALTH: Michigan teachers struggled with too many demands even before the pandemic, school psychologists and the teachers’ union say. Districts are seeking ways to help ease the anxiety reported by more than a third of teachers in a nationwide survey last year.  We talk to school psychologists in Sanford near Midland and in the Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD, as well as the head of the Michigan Education Association. By Sarah Atwood. FOR ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE, MIDLAND, LANSING CITY PULSE, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.

NONPROFIT INCUBATOR: A coalition of environmental groups has created an incubator for new nonprofit organizations that help the environment. Among them are the Black Owners of Solar Services, a Detroit-based environmental news service and a group fighting a pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. We talk to the Michigan Environmental Council, Consumers Energy, Planet Detroit editor, and a board member of BOSS. By Janelle James. FOR PLANET DETROIT, CORP! MAGAZINE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS JOURNAL, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY AND ALL POINTS.

CARBON OFFSETS: A DNR program that lets utilities such as DTE Energy and other businesses buy carbon offset credits is under fire from the Sierra Club, which labels it a scam. Carbon offsets involve allowing trees, which sequester climate-harming carbon, to grow longer and larger. Critics say Michigan’s program doesn’t always keep trees growing any longer than they already would under current harvest plans. They say it is far more effective to reduce carbon emissions that worsen climate change. The DNR defends the project underway in the Pigeon River State Forest north of Gaylord, the U.P.’s Keweenaw Peninsula and Charlevoix and Emmet counties. By Camryn Cass. FOR PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CHEBOYGAN, MONTMORENCY, ALPENA, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, IRON MOUNTAIN, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, CRAWFORD COUNTY, ALCONA and ALL POINTS. 

w/CLIMATE OFFSETS PHOTO: Pigeon River Country State Forest is home to the Bluesource/DNR Big Wild Forest Carbon Project. The Sierra Club opposes such carbon offset projects. Credit: Department of Natural Resources

w/CLIMATE SOLUTIONS LOGO: Credit: Asher Freedman

BLOOMS: The DNR wants to build a wetlands in Southeast Michigan, probably in Monroe or Lenawee counties, to help combat algal blooms caused largely by runoff from agriculture. Money would come from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. We talk to the DNR and an expert in the Dexter office of Ducks Unlimited. By Jake Christie. FOR MONROE, ADRIAN, BLISSFIELD, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, DETROIT, PLANET DETROIT and ALL POINTS.

w/BLOOMS MAP: The Upper Maumee River and River Raisin Watershed, shown here on a map, is where a wetland may be created to reduce phosphorus runoff into Lake Erie. Credit: Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy

w/BLOOMS PHOTO: A state goal is to reduce phosphorus by 40% by 2025, to combat algal blooms, like this one in Lake Erie. Credit: Environmental Protection Agency.


GUARDIANS: In a move to reduce farmer suicides, a new program will train “guardians” in Ontario to recognize suicidal tendencies and mental illnesses. It will train people who work closely with farmers, such as seed providers and veterinarians. But the problem isn’t limited to Ontario, says an MSU Extension health psychologist who is also a fifth-generation farmer in Benzonia. By Emile Rizk. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, BENZIE COUNTY, MANISTEE, TRAVERSE CITY and ALL POINTS.

w/GUARDIANS PHOTO: Aly Rudy, standing in a field overlooking the Rice Centennial Farm in Benzonia, assesses the work she has to do that day. Credit: Remington Rice.

MUSEUMS CLIMATE: An exhibit on climate change at the MSU Museum reflects the need for museums to remain relevant to their communities, even when tackling controversial issues like climate. At the same time, they may need to balance that commitment with the interests of their funders and donors, including fossil fuel companies. A natural history museum in Ontario is also tackling climate change. We talk to the MSU Museum director and museum studies experts at Northwestern and University of Illinois Chicago. For news and features sections. By Abigail Comar. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, PLANET DETROIT and ALL POINTS.

w/MUSEUMS CLIMATE PHOTO 1: One exhibit in “1.5° Celsius” at Michigan State University Museum emphasizes how plants can help to store carbon dioxide in soil. Lowering carbon emissions is often a focus of climate change solutions. Credit: Abigail Comar 

w/MUSEUMS CLIMATE PHOTO 2: Moving sculptures demonstrate the pace of climate change over time. The entrance to the “1.5° Celsius” exhibition at Michigan State University Museum creates an immediate futuristic feeling. Credit: Abigail Comar 

w/CLIMATE SOLUTIONS LOGO: Credit: Asher Freedman


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