Abandoned mines aplenty, but cash to clean, close them, scarcer

Despite spending billions of dollars, federal agencies don’t know how many potentially dangerous or environmentally hazardous abandoned mining features there are on government land nationally, including Michigan, a new General Accountability Office study of spending from 2008-2017 shows. The Forest Service spent $954,000 for gates and related work in the U.P.’s Ottawa National Forest. Isle Royale National Park and Keweenaw National Historical Park recently received funding to deal with abandoned mine features. By Eric Freedman.

Leelanau County airport seeks historic designation

The push to secure state historic site designation for the Clinton F. Woolsey Memorial Airport in Northport is advancing. The former dairy farm is named for a famed local aviator who died in a plane crash and who numbered Charles Lindbergh among his students. The airport manager, Michigan History Center director and head of the Historical Society of Michigan explain. By Joe Dandron.

Abandoned mines aplenty, but cash to clean, close them, scarcer

Despite spending billions of dollars, federal agencies don’t know how many potentially dangerous or environmentally hazardous abandoned mining features there are on government land nationally, including Michigan, a new General Accountability Office study of spending from 2008-2017 shows. The Forest Service spent $954,000 for gates and related work in the U.P.’s Ottawa National Forest. Isle Royale National Park and Keweenaw National Historical Park recently received funding to deal with abandoned mine features. By Eric Freedman.

Invasive mussels clear water, coat wrecks at Thunder Bay

Huron is now the clearest of the Great Lakes, and that’s good news for scuba divers enjoying the 100+ shipwrecks in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Give credit to the invasive quagga mussels that filter plankton and to reduced levels of phosphorus We talk to a diver from Alpena and experts from Thunder Bay, Michigan Tech and NOAA. By Kurt Williams.

State parks, recreation areas, stay open — so far

DNR has closed visitor centers and other indoor facilities because of the coronavirus, and activities like weddings, races and other trail events drawing more than 50 people are n cancelled or postponed. But state parks and recreational areas remain open for camping and outdoor recreation — for now. We talk to the DNR Parks & Recreation Division, state Department of Health & Human Services and an MSU water expert. By Eryn Ho.

Warm weather has ice fishing industry on thin ice

Warmer-than-normal temperatures are bad news for anglers who enjoy ice fishing on Lake Erie, but those willing to travel north can find more suitable conditions in the U.P. and Saginaw Bay areas. Includes references to Bergland, Dryden and Ann Arbor. For news and outdoors sections. By Hunter Hicks.

MSU Museum’s Teal Talks give survivors a platform

Images from the “Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak” exhibit. At the Michigan State University Museum, a series of Teal Talks is being hosted in the “Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak” exhibit. These talks take place on the second Friday of every month for an hour.  

The museum opened the exhibit in April 2019 to provide a healing and learning environment to raise awareness regarding sexual violence. The talks provide a forum for community members, students, staff and faculty all over campus to participate in facilitated conversations led by scholars and advocates about the exhibit and the important issues it raises,” said Elesha Newberry, campus outreach specialist.