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February 6, 2014
Below the surface of our picturesque Northern Michigan landscape lies Line 5 of Enbridge’s Lakehead System, a 645-mile pipeline that transports natural gas liquids and crude oil from Superior, Wisconsin to Sarnia, Ontario. Traversing under the Straits of Mackinac and between Burt and Mullett Lakes, a leak or rupture in Line 5 could prove disastrous for Northern Michigan’s waters. Come learn about Line 5, the risks, and what is being done to protect our precious waters from an oil spill.
This session will be presented by our Program Director, Grenetta Thomassey and Policy Specialist, Jennifer McKay.
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February 20, 2014
Who Are We? The Parks, Places and Potential of Pure Michigan
Brad Garmon, Director of Conservation and Emerging Issues for Michigan Environmental Council will discuss the Parks and Recreation Blue Ribbon Panel report and the new ways that natural resource management and issues are being looked at by the State. Brad will also discuss the Pure Michigan campaign and its relevance to Northern Michigan's water resources.
March 6, 2014
Bioengineering, or biotechnical erosion control, brings together biological, ecological, and engineering concepts to produce a living, functioning system to prevent erosion. The Watershed Council encourages the use of bioengineering methods on inland lakes and streams to curb erosion, while preventing property loss, protecting water quality, and enhancing riparian habitat. Jennifer Gelb will discuss the basic principles and design, as well as typical costs associated with standard bioengineering projects.
Presented by Jennifer Buchanan-Gelb, Restoration Ecologist, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
March 20, 2014
Aldo Leopold and the Land Ethic: Values and Perspectives
Aldo Leopold was trained as a forester, became a leading naturalist and wildlife biologist, and was an early pioneer in the science of ecology in the 1930's and 1940's. He was a prolific writer, publishing hundreds of articles in scientific journals and popular magazines. His seminal work, A Sand County Almanac, first published in 1948 and re-printed many times since then, has sold over 2 million copies and is considered by many to be the bible of modern environmentalism. This presentation will discuss Leopold's unifying theme of the land ethic and will explore the importance of values including economics, ecologic concerns and aesthetics in making land management and stewardship decisions, and in determining what kind of legacy we leave as landowners and managers. This session will be presented by Chris Shafer, Professor Emeritus, Thomas M. Cooley Law School.