The Senate voted to curtail state regulators’ consideration of biological diversity when designating sections of state forests, over objections from environmentalists who say the “anti-science” bill would gut a practice in place for nearly 100 years.
Gov. Rick Snyder drew applause from a variety of interest groups with his pledge to retool state government’s approach to managing its 4.6 million acres of forests, parks and open spaces that supports the economy and provides a bountiful outdoor playground.
More than 500 acres of private land are being added to Michigan’s 118,000-acre Pigeon River Country State Forest in the northern Lower Peninsula.
A Michigan State University geographer just back from a grueling 700-mile trek along the Transamazon Highway says there are signs Brazil’s environmental protection efforts are taking hold.