The Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC), which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, was presented with a Partners in Conservation Award by the state’s Natural Resources Commission (NRC) on Thursday, June 14.
Partners in Conservation awards are presented to organizations or individuals that have been nominated by state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff members for outstanding contributions to natural resources causes in Michigan.
“Michigan United Conservation Clubs has been on the forefront of virtually every important conservation battle in this state since its inception in 1937,” said former DNR Director Rodney Stokes. “It is with great appreciation and admiration that we recognize MUCC’s numerous achievements on the natural resources front during its 75th anniversary celebration.”
The MUCC has contributed to the cause of conservation in multiple ways throughout the years, including involvement in youth summer camps; the creation of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund; the success of Michigan’s landmark “Bottle Bill;” and a 1996 campaign to pass Proposal G, which affirmed the NRC’s authority to set hunting regulations, and helping defeat an anti-bear hunting initiative.
Most recently, the MUCC played a key role in helping to pass the “Hunter Heritage” bills, which eliminated the minimum hunting age in Michigan and created the Mentored Youth Hunting Program.
The MUCC is the largest statewide conservation organization in the nation, with tens of thousands of individual members and members through hundreds of affiliated clubs dedicated to conserving Michigan’s natural resources.