MARQUETTE, MI--   The deadline to submit an application for a couple of environmental grant programs is quickly approaching.

Each year the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition provides money through its Community Conservation and Environmental Education grants.

The Community Conservation grant program is designed to challenge U.P. communities to promote conservation values within their watershed or local area.

UPEC also reminds educators of its Environmental Education Grant. Grant maximums are $500 per year.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Citizens deserve to have more input on what happens to public land. 

That’s what environmental groups are saying, after the Michigan Department of Natural Resources allowed Orvana Resources to do exploratory drilling in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.  The DNR issued a press release a day after the drilling commenced.

Jon Saari is a board member of the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition and a member of the Mining Action Group.  He says that’s not enough notice, and that the public has the right to comment on what happens to a state park.