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December 2016
Bicyclists riding along waterfront on Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Marquette County
Trust Fund finances important projects, big and small

As 2016 winds down, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources concludes its year-long celebration marking the 40th anniversary of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. Since its inception in 1976, the Trust Fund has bankrolled more than 2,000 projects – providing funding to local units of government and the DNR to purchase land and land rights or developing outdoor recreation projects. 

Researchers move a little brown bat down their assembly line in Ontonagon County.
DNR field testing treatments in U.P. for deadly bat disease

White-nose syndrome is a disease that has killed millions of bats in eastern North America already,” said Maartin Vonhof, a professor of biological sciences at Western Michigan University. State, federal and academic biologists have been working hard to try and come up with treatments that will make a difference and save the lives of bats. One research project is taking place in two remote abandoned mines in the western Upper Peninsula.

Michigan DNR fisheries biologist Cleyo Harris displays a Lake Erie grass carp.
DNR continues effort battling invasive grass carp in Lake Erie Basin

A good deal of attention is being paid to the work done by researchers and biologists in the Great Lakes states and Canada to help stop invasive bighead and silver carp from moving through the Chicago Area Waterway System toward Lake Michigan. In addition to this ongoing work in Lake Michigan and its tributaries, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division staff and researchers are also focused on the problem of grass carp in the Lake Erie Basin.

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