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Firearm Industry Granted Consultative Role to United Nations

NEWTOWN, Conn.—The firearm and ammunition industry now has a seat at the world table of the United Nations. The 191-country, international relations body has granted official consultative status to the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute (SAAMI).

 

SAAMI, founded in 1926, publishes voluntary industry quality and safety standards, coordinates technical manufacturing data, and promotes safe and responsible firearms use. With its new U.N. designation, SAAMI is now a global resource for scientific facts on guns and ammunition.

 

In securing the official designation, SAAMI Managing Director Rick Patterson delivered a presentation to the U.N. Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, then for nearly an hour answered questions and responded to concerns regarding firearm industry involvement in U.N. issues. Final approval was handed down last month.

 

SAAMI becomes only the fourth firearms-related, non-

government organization to be officially recognized by the United Nations.

 

“The U.N. creates treaties and model regulations. It's important for our industry to have a voice in both of these arenas,” said Patterson. “First, international treaties are critical because a treaty actually supersedes the U.S. Constitution, so SAAMI can now speak up during deliberations over any treaties that could ultimately render America’s 2nd Amendment null and void.

 

“Second, the United Nations is very active in developing international regulations. There are thousands upon thousands of model regulations for countries to adopt, and SAAMI now has an official opportunity to provide input in the creation of these models. We can’t prevent politicians from deliberately making bad decisions, but we can make sure they don’t unintentionally make bad decisions from a lack of knowledge,” said Patterson.

 

For more information on SAAMI, visit www.saami.org  or call 203-426-4358. 


Galley Cuisine

Grilled Salmon with a Cucumber Dill Sauce

Grill salmon to favorite temp, medium is preferred

Cucumber Dill Sauce

28 oz of heavy whipping cream

¼ of a large onion finely minced

½ of a cucumber peeled, seeds removed and minced

2 tablespoons fresh dill finely chopped

Kosher salt to taste

Butter

 

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a sauté pan. Add the minced onion to the pan over low heat. (This entire recipe should be done over a low to low/medium heat) Cook the onion until the white is gone and it appears as you can see through it, called sweating the onion. Add the minced cucumber and sweat as

well. Add the cream and let reduce by ¼ to ½ depending how thick you want the sauce, the more it reduces the thicker it becomes. Again make sure you are on a low heat or the sauce will scorch and taste burned. After it has reduced add the 2 tablespoons fresh dill and salt to taste. Turn off the heat and add a tablespoon of butter to finish the sauce. Serve over the grilled salmon.

 

** It is OK to use dehydrated dill. If you do add it to the sauce when you add the cream so it can rehydrate and permeate the sauce.

** If you like the sauce smooth place the sauce in a blender after it has cooled slightly and blend on low speed.

Serves 4 to 6

(By Chef Jim Bucko, Radisson Hotel, Merrillville, IN )


National

National Policy to Protect Hunting Introduced

Landmark congressional legislation introduced to protect hunting on federal lands

 Senate Bill 1522, the Hunting Heritage Protection Act, sponsored by Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-GA; Sen. Ted Stevens, R-AK; Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC; and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-AK will establish federal recognition of the intrinsic value of hunting as recreation and as a wildlife management tool.

 

The bill is similar to one developed and promoted by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) in 2000.  That legislation was supported by a coalition of nearly 70 state and national conservation organizations.   “Specifically, the Act establishes in law Congress’ recognition of the significant role that hunters play in conservation,” said Bud Pidgeon, USSA president.  “This law will direct federal agencies to support, promote and enhance recreational hunting opportunities.”

 

Pidgeon said that a key element of the Hunting Heritage Protection Act is a stipulation for “no net loss of hunting” opportunities.  Under this provision, the government is directed to maintain, at the minimum, current levels of federal hunting lands to be open for sportsmen’s use.  If federal lands were to be closed to hunting, the no net loss directive requires the opening of compensatory huntable lands.

 

At the state level, Illinois, Georgia and Maryland have passed Hunting Heritage Protection Acts based on the USSA model.  PA and Oregon have seen the introduction of bills that also prevent the net loss of available state hunting lands.  A hearing on SB 1522 is expected in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources when Congress returns from summer recess in September.

 

Take Action!  Sportsmen should contact the members of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and ask them to support SB 1522.  Let them know the bill will help protect recreational hunting lands and ensure that no net loss of huntable public land occurs.

 

Chairman Pete Domenici (R-NM)

202-224-6621

 

Daniel Akaka (D-HI)

202-224-6361

 

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

202-224-4944

 

George Allen (R-VA)

202-224-4024

 

Jeff Bingham (D-NM)

202-224-5521

 

Jim Bunning (R-KY)

202-224-4343

 

Conrad Burns (R-MT)

202-224-2644

 

Richard Burr (R-NC)

202-224-3154

 

Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

202-224-3441

 

Jon Corzine (D-NJ)

202-224-4744

 

Larry Craig (R-ID)

202-224-2752

 

Byron Dorgan (D-ND)

202-224-2551

 

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

202-224-3841

 

Tim Johnson (D-SD)

202-224-5842

 

Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

202-224-5824

 

Mel Martinez (R-FL)

202-224-3041

 

Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)  

202-224-6665

 

Ken Salazar (D-CO)

202-224-5852

 

Gordon Smith (R-OR)

202-224-3753

 

James Talent (R-MO)

202-224-6154

 

Craig Thomas (R-WY)

202-224-6441

 

Ron Wyden (D-OR)

202-224-5244

 


Regional

Great Lakes Water Levels for August 19, 2005

Lake Level Conditions:

Lake Superior is currently an inch lower than last year, while the remaining lakes are 4 to 9 inches below the levels of a year ago.  Dry conditions this spring and summer are the main reason that water levels on the lower Great Lakes are below last year’s levels.   Looking ahead, Lake Superior is expected to fall 1 inch over the next month.  Lakes Michigan-Huron should fall 2 inches while the remaining lakes are expected to fall 5 inches over the next month.  Levels on Lake Superior over the next few months will be slightly lower than 2004 and levels on the lower Great Lakes will continue to be lower than 2004.

Current Outflows/Channel Conditions:

The Lake Superior outflow through the St. Marys River into Lake Huron is projected to be above average during the month of August.  Flows in the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers are anticipated to be below average during August.  Flows in the Niagara River are expected to be near average while St. Lawrence River flow should be below average in August.

Alerts:

Users of the Great Lakes, connecting channels and St. Lawrence River should keep informed of current conditions before undertaking any activities that could be affected by changing water levels.  Mariners should utilize navigation

charts and refer to current water level readings.

Weekly Great Lakes Water Levels Data Summary

 

 

Superior

Mich-Huron

St. Clair

Erie

Ontario

Expected water level for Aug 19 in ft

601.7

578.0

574.1

574.1

245.3

Chart datum, in ft

6011

577.5

572.3

569.2

243.3

Diff from chart datum, in inches

+7

+5

+22

+26

+24

Diff from last month, in inches

-1

-2

-1

-2

-7

Diff from last year in inches

-1

-6

-4

-5-

-9

 


General

Auto Clubs May Fall Short With Trailer Boaters

BoatU.S. Trailer Assist & Tow Ready to Help

What happens when a motorist towing a boat trailer has a breakdown on the side of the road or becomes disabled on a busy launch ramp?  The answer you'll likely get from your auto club is you are on your own, according to BoatU.S., the nation's largest organization for recreational boaters.  That's because most auto club towing plans only cover vehicles - not boat trailers.

 

BoatU.S. "Trailer Assist & Tow" is a service that will provide assistance when either the trailer or the towing vehicle suffers a breakdown while trailering a boat.  Labor charges for flat tire assistance, fuel delivery, lockout service, or jumpstarting of the towing vehicle are included. Most importantly, if your towing vehicle or boat trailer is disabled while trailering - or even stuck on the launch ramp - Trailer Assist & Tow will pay up to

$150 to have your tow vehicle and/or boat trailer towed to the nearest repair facility or safe location.  All you have to do is sign for service.

 

Trailer Assist & Tow costs only $24 a year and includes membership in BoatU.S. as well as the association's "Trailering Club," which also includes a subscription to BoatU.S. Trailering Magazine.  The club also provides up to $40 in launch ramp fee rebates redeemable at West Marine and BoatU.S. stores and other discounts.  BoatU.S. membership features over 20 additional benefits including on-the-water towing, Member Rewards at West Marine and BoatU.S. stores, and a subscription to the largest circulation boating magazine in the country, BoatU.S. Magazine.

 

If you sign up online at www.BoatUS.com/trailerclub  you'll also get a free trailer hitch ball cover.  Or call 800-245-6923.


Folate May Reduce Alzheimer's Risk

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter

Washington  (HealthDayNews) -- Preventing Alzheimer's disease may be as simple as increasing the amount of the B vitamin called Folate that you get from fruits, green vegetables and supplements, researchers suggest in a new study.

 

According to the study, older people whose Folate intake is above the recommended dietary allowance are at a significantly reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's.  However, the researchers cautioned that far more research is needed to establish a link between Folate and the possible prevention of the brain-wasting disease. In fact, one previous study found Folate encouraging the development of Alzheimer's disease.  This latest study appears in the August issue of the journal Alzheimer's and Dementia.

 

Experts hypothesize that Folate protects against Alzheimer's by reducing blood levels of homocysteine, an amino acid. Homocysteine has already been linked to an increased risk for heart disease. "There are also links between vascular disease and Alzheimer's disease," said lead author Maria M. Corrada, an assistant adjunct professor of neurology at the University of California, Irvine. "So maybe there is some mechanism so that lowering homocysteine may be beneficial."

 

Folates are B-vitamin nutrients found in foods such as bananas and oranges, leafy green vegetables, asparagus, broccoli, liver, and many types of beans and peas.  Folate supplements are also recommended for pregnant women to help prevent birth defects that affect the brain and spinal cord, called neural tube defects.

 

In their study, Corrada and her colleagues collected data on 579 men and women 60 and older who participated in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. The people in the study kept track of what they ate and what supplements they took for a week.

 

During a follow-up period that spanned more than nine years, Corrada's team looked at the number of people who developed Alzheimer's and what differences they had in their diets from those who didn't develop the disease.  Over that period, 57 people developed Alzheimer's. Compared with those who developed the disease, study participants with the

highest Folate intake reduced their risk of developing Alzheimer's by 55 percent, the researchers found.

 

This reduced risk was not seen for the other vitamins the researchers looked at, including vitamin C, carotenoids and vitamin B12.

 

"This may give us some clues about what can be done eventually to prevent Alzheimer's disease," Corrada said. "There may be the possibility that Folate may have a causal relationship to Alzheimer's disease."  Despite this finding, Corrada doesn't recommend increasing the amount of Folate you take in the hope of reducing your risk of Alzheimer's. "At this point the only recommendation should be: Take what's in a multivitamin," she said. "It's premature to recommend anything higher than that."

 

One Alzheimer's expert noted that this finding is exactly opposite to the conclusion of another recent study. "A colleague of mine had the exact opposite finding," said Dr. David A. Bennett, director of the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center in Chicago. Bennett was referring to a study published in the April issue of the Archives of Neurology.  In that study, researchers found that high Folate levels may actually cause cognitive decline, based on data for 3,718 people 65 and older.

 

"This is the problem with observational studies," Bennett said. "You can get really mixed results from observational studies. Observational trials are intended to lay the groundwork for clinical trials. They are not intended to lay the groundwork for any kind of recommendation."

 

Bennett added that there is observational evidence that homocysteine is associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's. "It's a fine theory," he said. "But there's an old saying in this field, which is: for any epidemiologic association, we can come up with a biologically possible hypothesis."  Given the contradictory findings, Bennett believes that clinical trials are needed to settle the question of folate's effects on Alzheimer's.

 

"There's Folate supplements out there and people are being encouraged to take Folate for various reasons," he said. "I think we need to take a look at that."


Boating Under the Influence Kills

10-Year-Old Girl Dies in Fatal Boat Collision

Suffolk County, NY - Drinking and Driving is a very dangerous combination, but Boating and Drinking, especially at night, is fatal.

 

Last Wednesday, A 10-year-old girl died and her parents were injured following a collision between her family's Trophy recreational vessel and a Grady White recreational vessel about one mile east of the Robert Moses Bridge in the Great South Bay near Bayshore Long Island around 9:10 p.m.   The Grady White's operator is currently in custody of the Suffolk County Police Department and is charged with Boating Under the Influence.

 

A rescue boats the Coast Guard units from West Islip and East Islip Fire Departments and Suffolk County Police Aviation Unit responded to the collision. Suffolk Police administered Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation on the girl until arriving at Bayshore Marina. She was taken to Southside Hospital where 

she was later pronounced dead. Her parents were reported

in critical condition.

 

No serious injuries were reported from the second pleasure boat. The Coast Guard and Suffolk County Police are continuing their investigations.

 

The Coast Guard Auxiliary wants to emphasize to the public that drinking alcoholic beverages and operating any type of vehicle, especially a boat, can be fatal. Not only are your senses dulled, but between the three dimensional movement of the boat, the lack of clearly identifiable outlines (especially at night) and the heat and sun of the day, drinking and boating becomes almost a guarantee for disaster.

 

To learn more about boating safety, the Coast Guard Auxiliary suggests that all boaters take a Safe Boating Course. Contact your local Coast Guard unit (www.uscg.mil ) or Flotilla (www.cgaux.org/cgauxweb/getzip.html ) for the next boating safety course.

 


 

Illinois

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman - Sept 16-18

Just a few openings remain for the IDNR Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekend outdoors workshop at Pere Marquette State Park in Jersey County, Sept. 16-18.  BOW is open to adult women ages 18 and older.  The weekend workshop fee is just $125, which includes instruction, program materials, use of demonstration equipment, seven meals and lodging. 

Some classes are already full, including rock climbing, medicinal plants, outdoor survival, shotgun 1, fly fishing and backpackers cooking, so be sure to select other classes when registering.  For more info call 217/782-7026.  Registration forms are available at http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/Bow/index.htm

 


Indiana

Roush Lake to dedicate shooting range August 25

Roush Lake will hold a dedication ceremony Thursday, August 25 at 10 a.m. to mark the opening of a new shooting range.  The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking festivities. Light refreshments follow the ceremony at the range. On the day of the dedication, the range will be open free of charge to the general public after the ceremony.

 

"With 33 stations for shooting rifle and pistol, accessible restrooms, and a voice-activated trap range that can accommodate four shooters, this new shooting range is sure to draw marksmen from miles around," said Kyle Hupfer, director of the Indiana DNR. "We're delighted to be able to offer this state-of-the-art facility to our fellow Hoosiers."

 

Special speakers for the ceremony include: Hupfer; Robyn Thorson, regional director USFWS; State Rep. Dan Leonard and Rose Meldrum, director of the Huntington County CVB.

Dan Bortner, director of the Division of State Parks and Reservoirs, will serve as master of ceremonies.

 

The shooting range at J. Edward Roush Lake is located east of Highway 5 on Division Rd in Huntington County. Regular hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hearing and eye protection are required and may be purchased, along with targets and ammunition, from the Range Master's Headquarters at the range.

 

The normal fees are $4 for adults and $2 for those 16 and under. An annual range pass is available for $80. The range pass is not interchangeable with regular property entrance permits.

 

For more information, an agenda for the dedication or directions to the range, call J. Edward Roush Lake at

260-468-2165.


Michigan

DNR holds Meeting On Gourdneck State Game Area Aug 31

The Michigan DNR will hold a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 31, to discuss the strategic plan for the Gourdneck State Game Area in Kalamazoo County. The meeting will take place at the Portage Public Library located at 300 Library Lane in Portage.

 

The plan for the Game Area is available for public viewing at the following locations:

  ► Allegan State Game Area Office, 4590 118th Ave, Allegan

  ► Crane Pond State Game Area Office, 60887 M-40, Jones

  ► DNR Plainwell Operations Service Ctr, 621 N. 10th St, Plainwell

  ► Portage Public Library, 300 Library Ln, Portage

 

Strategic plans outline the management that will occur on these lands, which are administered by the DNR Wildlife Division.  These lands were purchased and dedicated specifically for wildlife restoration and wildlife-related recreation.  Staff will be available to informally meet with the public to answer questions and accept input. The DNR will accept written comments on the strategic plan prior to the open house.  


BOW Program Offers Hunter Safety Class to Women Aug 27-28

The Michigan DNR Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program announced that a few slots remain for an all-women's hunter safety class Aug. 27-28 at the Ingham County Conservation District in Mason and the DNR's Rose Lake Shooting Range in East Lansing.

 

The class is open to any female, 18 and older, who wishes to attain a hunter safety certificate necessary for hunting. All hunters born on or after January 1, l960 must have this certificate or proof of a previous license to purchase any Michigan hunting license.

 

The classroom portion of the class will take place Aug. 27 at the Ingham County Conservation District, 1031 W. Dexter Trail,

Mason, beginning at 7:45 a.m. On Sunday, the class moves to the outdoor shooting range at Rose Lake for a day of hands-on instruction in firearms and archery equipment.

 

Upon successful completion of the course, each participant will receive a hunter safety certificate. A $5 donation is suggested to cover the cost of materials. Participants should bring their own sack lunch and beverages.

 

A reservation form is available on the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr . Scroll down to the Becoming an Outdoors Woman link at the bottom of the DNR home page. The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is a hands-on, outdoor skills program for women who wish to enjoy all that Michigan has to offer. For more information, contact Lynn Marla at (517) 241-2225 or marlal@michigan.gov . 


Public Invited to Comment on Draft Off-Road Vehicle Plan

State recreation officials announced today that the Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Trails Advisory Board has released a draft plan for comprehensive management of ORV use in Michigan, and that the public is invited to review and comment on the plan. The plan provides strategic direction for the management of ORV use on public lands administered by the Department of Natural Resources.

 

The draft plan provides a legislative and planning history of Michigan's ORV program and provides recommendations to guide future management. It integrates ORV management with the DNR's core mission to conserve, protect and provide for public use and enjoyment of Michigan's natural resources,

for current and future generations.

 

Copies of the draft Michigan ORV Plan are available on the DNR's Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnrorvplan .

A limited number of hard copies are available by contacting Diana Cosper by phone at 517-335-3284 or via email at cosperd@michigan.gov .

 

Written comments should be emailed to DNR-ORVPlanComments@michigan.gov , or citizens can mail written comments to DNR-Forest, Mineral and Fire Management, Attn: Steve Kubisiak, P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952. Comments must be postmarked no later than midnight Monday, Sept. 12.


Trumpeter Swan Observations Requested from Public

The Michigan DNR is participating in a continent-wide census event to determine the population size and distribution of trumpeter swans, a threatened species that has recently experienced a successful recovery in the United States. The DNR is asking the public to help in the census by reporting any trumpeter swan observations.

 

"To obtain the best coverage, we are asking the public to report observations of these birds during August and September," said Todd Hogrefe, endangered species coordinator with the DNR Wildlife Division.  

 

The trumpeter swan's recovery represents another success in endangered species recovery.  Historically, trumpeter swans nested in wetlands across much of the continental United States, including Michigan.  By 1885, commercial and sport hunting and wetland destruction had eliminated the population from the state.  By 1900, the species was actually considered extinct throughout its range.  Decades later, though, two previously unknown populations were discovered in the Rocky Mountains and Alaska.

 

Efforts to restore the species to Michigan began in the late 1980s.  From 1989 to 1991, trumpeter swan eggs were collected from pairs maintained by zoos and from wild pairs in Alaska.  The eggs were hatched and young were reared in captivity for two years at the MSU Kellogg Biological Station. Initial releases in Michigan occurred at Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Rifle River Recreation Area and MSU Kellogg Bird Sanctuary.  In 1992, released birds began to successfully nest and rear offspring, representing the first natural reproduction of the species in Michigan in more than a hundred years.  Since then, additional birds have been released and the population has grown dramatically.  In 2004, 655 trumpeter swans were counted during the late summer survey. 

 

The highest concentration of birds can be found in the eastern Upper Peninsula, with additional populations found in the northeast and southwestern Lower Peninsula.  Additional releases and dispersal from the original release sites have resulted in swans in other areas, including Gogebic and Ontonagon counties in the western UP, Manistee and Mason counties in the northwest LP and Washtenaw County in the southeast LP.    

 

Although the population is doing well, the trumpeter swan remains protected as a State Threatened Species, due to the young age of the population and its somewhat limited distribution within the state. Both trumpeter swans and mute

swans occur in Michigan. To avoid confusion with mute swans, which are not native and will not be counted, citizens making trumpeter swan reports should familiarize themselves with the differences between the two species:

 

Bill and head:  Trumpeters have a black bill with a red line on the upper edge of the lower bill and the head is wedge-shaped.  Mute swans have a bright orange bill and a distinctive black knob on the forehead.

 

Neck shape:  Trumpeter swan necks are kinked at the base and often form a 'C' curve.  Mute swans tend to hold their necks in an 'S' curve with their bills pointing down.

 

Voice/Call:  Trumpeter swans have a loud, resonant, trumpet-like call.  Mutes are generally silent but can issue a variety of grunts, snorts and whistles.  Photos and additional information on trumpeter and mute swans can be found on the MSU Kellogg Bird Sanctuary Web site at www.kbs.msu.edu .

 

Observers should submit reports to the following individuals, based on the location of the observation --  southern LP: Joe Johnson, MSU Kellogg Bird Sanctuary (269-671-2511); northeast LP: Elaine Carlson, DNR (989-826-3211 x 7030); northwest LP: Ruthann French, DNR (231-775-9727); eastern UP: Kristie Sitar, DNR (906-293-5024); western UP: Alisa Bartos, USDA Forest Service (906-265-5139 x 33) and Brian Bogaczyk, USDA Forest Service (906-932-1330 x 509).  People submitting reports should be prepared to provide the specific location and date of observation.  Information on single swans, pairs, pairs with young, and flocks with three or more swans will be useful.  Only observations made during late summer 2005 should be reported. 

 

"The people of Michigan will play an important role in this survey," said Joe Johnson, chief wildlife biologist at the MSU Kellogg Bird Sanctuary.  "We look forward to working with them to locate these magnificent birds."

 

This project is funded by the Nongame Wildlife Fund, which is supported by citizen contributions.  Citizens can support additional work for endangered and threatened wildlife in Michigan through purchase of a "Critical Wildlife Conservation" vehicle registration plate or through a direct contribution to the Nongame Wildlife Fund by sending a personal check to: Natural Heritage Unit, Wildlife Division, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 30180, Lansing, MI 48909. Online contributions can be made at the Michigan e-store at www.michigan.gov .


Citizens Committee Proposes Short-Term Hike in Camping, Reservation Fees

Citing the need to meet minimal operating and maintenance needs in the upcoming fiscal year, the Citizens Committee for Michigan State Parks today recommended short-term increases in camping and reservation system fees for the state park system. The proposal was reviewed by the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) at its monthly meeting today. Department of Natural Resources Director Rebecca Humphries will act on the proposal at the September NRC meeting.

 

The committee estimated that the fee increases would generate $4.5 to $4.7 million in additional revenue for the upcoming fiscal year, and fill a $4.5 million gap identified by the DNR's Parks and Recreation Division. The funds would be used to cover a $3.5 million structural deficit and a $1 million major/emergency maintenance and capital outlay need.

 

Under the proposal, the following changes would occur:

*       The per night camping fee would be increased $4 a night for the 2006 camping season at campgrounds with an occupancy of 85 percent or greater in July 2003 to provide incentive to use other, less-visited state park campgrounds, to price based on demand and to provide some additional funds to better manage heavily visited campgrounds. Currently, these fees range from $10 to $29 at state parks.

 

*       A $5 fee will be instituted for individuals who want to transfer sites while camped at a state park.

 

*       The non-refundable reservation fee would be increased

from the current $2 fee to $8. This is in line, recreation officials said, with neighboring states, such as Wisconsin ($9.50), Ohio ($8) and Minnesota ($8.50).

 

*       A non-refundable transaction fee for drive-in/walk-in campers with no reservation would be established at $5 per transaction for an initial registration.

 

*       The non-refundable cancellation fee of $5 would be increased to $10 for all cancelled electronic or phone reservations. This would be in line with neighboring states like Wisconsin ($5, plus other fees), Ohio (ranges from $8 to $18) and Minnesota ($5 a site).

 

"This proposal is not a substitute for a long-term funding solution," said Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson. "Rather, it is a one-year approach to provide 'breathing room' for crafting a longer term, sound financing approach to the state park system."

 

Of the 70 state park and recreation areas that offer campgrounds, 35 of them experienced occupancy rates in July 2003 of 85 percent or higher. Overall, the state park campground system in July 2003 had an 86% occupancy rate.

 

The proposal will be subject to action by the DNR Director at the September meeting of the NRC in Houghton. The Citizens Committee for Michigan State Parks was appointed by Director Humphries to address issues concerning state parks, including how to enhance revenues. There are 17 voting and four non-voting members on the committee.


Ruddiman Creek cleanup receives Great Lakes Legacy Act funds

CHICAGO— Money from the Great Lakes Legacy Act and Clean Michigan Initiative will pay for the $10.6 million cleanup of Ruddiman Creek and Pond in Muskegon, Mich. Beginning this month, EPA and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will remove about 80,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from the creek and pond, the first such cleanup in the Muskegon Lake Area of Concern.

 

Currently, the main branch of the creek is posted as a no swimming, fishing or recreation area

because the sediment is contaminated with PCBs, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (a byproduct of petroleum) and toxic metals. EPA and MDEQ developed the cleanup plan in partnership with the local public action committee. The goals of the cleanup are to reduce risks to health, wildlife and

aquatic life, restore aquatic habitat and enhance the recreational, residential and economic values of the area. After the cleanup, the creek and pond water flow patterns will be restored, followed by replanting of native species of flowers, trees and grasses.

 

The Great Lakes Legacy Act will provide 65% or $6.9 million and Clean Michigan Initiative the remaining 35 % or $3.7 million of the cost of the cleanup. It is the third remediation project to receive money under the Great Lakes Legacy Act, which President Bush signed in 2002 to address the problem of contaminated sediment in 31 toxic hot spots known as "areas of concern" around the Great Lakes.

 

For more information about this cleanup go to: www.epa.gov/glla/ruddiman 


Committee Formed to Protect Hunting

(Lansing) – Michigan sportsmen have formed a campaign committee to protect the state’s proud hunting tradition.  The committee will raise funds and awareness to defeat a 2006 ballot issue to ban dove hunting.

 

The Citizens for Wildlife Conservation Committee (CWCC) is a coalition of leading sportsmen’s organizations established to defeat a referendum to ban Michigan’s dove hunt.  The CWCC partners include the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA), National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Michigan United Conservation Clubs, National Rifle Association and Safari Club International.  All sportsmen’s organizations are being recruited to join the coalition.

 

The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the animal rights movement’s new lobbying arm, is touting its ability to spend an unlimited amount of money on legislative and ballot campaigns.  Anti-hunters pumped nearly $800,000 into a 2004 anti-hunting ballot issue campaign in Maine before the establishment of the lobbying division.

 

Dan Potter, president of the Michigan State Chapter of the NWTF has been named CWCC chairman.  He urges sportsmen to help fend off this attack.

“The anti’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on ballot issue campaigns when they had restrictions,” said Potter.  “Now, the financial flood gates are open and sportsmen will have to fight tooth and nail to protect the future of hunting in Michigan.”

 

Animal rights groups filed a sufficient number of valid signatures with the Secretary of State’s office to place a referendum on the November 2006 ballot to ban dove hunting.  The hunt had been approved by the legislature in 2004. The anti-hunters’ petition drive means that dove hunting is put on hold until the voters decide the issue.

 

Sportsmen’s contributions to protect Michigan’s hunting heritage can be sent to the Citizens for Wildlife Conservation Committee, 692 W. Coy, Hazel Park, MI 48030.

 

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs.  To get involved in the fight to defend Michigan’s proud hunting heritage, contact the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance at (614) 888-4868 or e-mail info@ussportsmen.org 

 


Minnesota

DNR proposes special walleye regs for lakes in Lake & St. Louis Counties

Open House meetings scheduled for Sept 19, 20, 21

The Minnesota DNR is seeking public input on special regulations for walleye on the Farm, Garden, South Farm, and White Iron Chain of Lakes and on Lake Vermilion.

 

The special regulation proposal for is 17-26" protected slot for walleye.  The goal of this regulation is to increase walleye numbers on Garden Lake Reservoir (Farm, Garden, and South Farm Lakes), maintain current walleye numbers on White Iron Lake and to increase the numbers of medium and larger size walleye in all of the lakes in this chain.

 

The DNR preferred special regulation proposal for Lake Vermilion is a 17-26" protected slot for walleye with a four fish bag limit.  The goal of this regulation is to reduce the walleye harvest on Lake Vermilion down to or below the safe harvest level.  The walleye harvest in 2002 and 2003 averaged 88,200 lbs, well above the annual safe harvest level of 65,000 lbs.  A 

17-26" protected would have reduced the walleye harvest in 2002 and 2003 to a level close to the safe harvest level.  The addition of the four walleye bag limit would add another layer of protection to the walleye population and help keep harvest at a safe level.

 

Open house meetings schedule:

Date           Time                               Location

Sept. 19,  4 - 7:00 p.m.     Fall Lake Town Hall, east of Ely

Sept. 21,  4 - 8:00 p.m.     Conference room at DNR office in Tower

Sept. 22,  8 - 4:30 p.m.     DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul

 

 Comments will be taken at any of the open house meetings listed above, or can be mailed to: Tower Area Fisheries, 650 Hwy 169, Tower, MN 55790; or email: joe.geis@dnr.state.mn.us   Comments and questions can also be submitted by phone: 218-753-2580 ext. 222.  The comment period ends October 3, 2005.


Special regs proposed for game-panfish on some lakes

The Minnesota DNR will hold public input meetings to discuss and take public comments on both new regulation proposals and existing special regulations for walleye, bass, northern pike, crappie, sunfish, muskie and trout on 53 lakes and three rivers located across the state. Of special interest to anglers are Upper Red Lake and Lake Vermilion, where new regulations are being proposed to protect and improve walleye, and Lake of the Woods, where the current regulation for northern pike has been evaluated.

 

In addition to new proposals, several public meetings will review regulations currently in place on lakes and streams. These regulations have been evaluated over a number of years. The public is invited to provide comment on whether to extend, modify, or drop the regulations.

 

Currently, the DNR has special or experimental regulations in effect for walleye in 49 lakes, bass in 48 lakes, northern pike in 103 lakes, crappie in 19 lakes and sunfish in 27 lakes. Much has been learned from these and earlier attempts to

improve fish populations with length and/or bag limits,

according to the DNR.

 

Lakes were posted this spring at public access points with signs that announced the proposals. Public notices for each of the meetings will be published in local newspapers. For more information on these upcoming local meetings, contact the local DNR Fisheries office.

 

For those unable to attend a local meeting, an open house will be held on Sept 22, 8-4:30 p.m. at the DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul. Staff will be available to take comment on any proposal. Additional comments can be submitted up to 10 days after the meeting by mail, by e-mail to al.stevens@dnr.state.mn.us , or by calling (651) 297-3287.

 

Written or verbal comments will also be accepted at the local fisheries office up to 10 days following the meeting. To locate phone numbers and addresses of local fisheries offices, see page 93 in the 2005 Fishing Regulations Booklet, or visit the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us/contact/locator.html. 


DNR seeks comments on fish regs on Dyers Lake and Sand Lake Sept 21

Finland, MN - The Minnesota DNR will be holding a public input meeting to discuss and receive public comment on proposals to implement special regulations on bluegill and black crappie in Dyers Lake, Cook County, and on bluegill in Sand Lake, Lake County.  The meeting will be held 6:30 - 8:30 pm on Wednesday, September 21, 2005, at the Finland Rec Hall (6866 Cramer Road) in Finland, MN.

 

The DNR is proposing bag limits for bluegill of five fish daily and in possession on Dyers and Sand Lakes, and a bag limit for black crappie of five fish daily and in possession on Dyers

Lake.  The goal for both lakes is to protect newly introduced panfish populations so that high quality fisheries can develop.  If adopted, the regulations would be implemented in March 2006.

 

Comments on this proposal will be accepted until 4:30 pm October 1, 2005.  Written comments may be mailed to DNR Fisheries, P.O. Box 546, Finland, MN  55603, or questions or comments on the proposals may be e-mailed to steve.persons@dnr.state.mn.us .  Interested parties may also call the DNR Fisheries office in Finland (218-353-7591) or stop at the Fisheries office (6686 Hwy 1, Finland) with any questions or comments on the proposals.


New York

DEC investigating death of Gulls on Lake Ontario Shore

Type E Botulism Found in Some Gulls; Take Care in Handling Fish and Game

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that the agency is investigating the cause of the deaths of birds along the shores of Lake Ontario and Thousand Islands area of the St. Lawrence River and advised the public to take precautions in handling birds and wildlife from these areas until the investigation is completed.

 

During the first week of August, two dead birds were found on the St. Lawrence River shore in the Town of Cape Vincent, Jefferson County.  Both of the birds tested positive for Type E Botulism.  Additional birds - Caspian terns, Double-crested cormorants and a Herring gull collected from Little Galloo Island in the eastern basin of Lake Ontario on August 9 - were also confirmed stricken with the disease.

 

In recent years, Type E Botulism (Clostridium botulinum) has affected fish and birds in Lake Huron and Lake Erie, and was first documented in birds near Lake Ontario in 2002.  Type E Botulism is a specific strain of botulism most commonly affecting fish-eating birds.  It causes paralysis in the affected birds and often is fatal.  The disease results from the ingestion of a toxin produced by the botulism bacterium and can be harmful to humans who eat birds or fish that have been poisoned by this toxin.   There is no risk of exposure to humans from swimming in Lake Ontario or St Lawrence River waters.

 

An outbreak of Type E Botulism first appeared in southern Lake Huron in 1998 and spread to Lake Erie in 1999.  In the fall of 2000, the botulism had spread to the eastern part of Lake Erie and thousands of water birds were found washed up on the shoreline.  DEC subsequently confirmed Type E Botulism in several species of fish and waterfowl from Lake Erie.  In July of 2002 several gulls were tested around the eastern basin of Lake Ontario and many of those tested positive. There have been no reports of any human illnesses associated with these outbreaks.

Type E Botulism has not been found in any fish from Lake Ontario or the St. Lawrence River.  DEC is continuing to gather sick and dead birds and fish to check for botulism or other diseases. As part of annual monitoring for the disease,  sweeps of specific stretches of the great lakes shorelines occur each fall, and any dead birds collected are tested for the disease.

 

Hunters and anglers are advised not to harvest waterfowl or fish that are sick or acting abnormally.  Cooking may not destroy the botulism toxin. DEC reminds hunters and anglers to take the following precautions for preparing all fish and waterfowl:

 

 ► harvest only fish and waterfowl that act and look healthy;

 

 ► wear rubber or plastic protective gloves while filleting, field dressing, skinning or butchering birds, fish or wildlife.  Remove and discard intestines soon after harvest and avoid direct contact with intestinal contents;

 

 ► wash hands, utensils and work surfaces before and after handling any raw food, including fish and game meat;    

keep fish and game cool (either with ice or refrigerated below 45 degrees Fahrenheit/7 degrees Celsius) until filleted or butchered, and then refrigerate or freeze; and

 

  cook fish and other seafood to an internal temperature (in the thickest part) of 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius).  Cook game birds to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74 degrees Celsius).   

 

If you must handle dead or dying fish or birds, use rubber or plastic protective gloves or a plastic bag.  Any discovery of dead or distressed fish or wildlife, such as water birds showing a condition known as "limberneck" that results from paralysis of the neck muscles, should be reported to Fish and Wildlife office in Buffalo at (716) 851-7010, Allegany at (716) 372-0645, Avon at (585) 226-2466, Syracuse at (315) 426-7400, Cortland at (607) 753-3095, Watertown at (315) 785-2261 or Cape Vincent at (315) 654-2147.


Ontario

Store guns in central depot says Mayor

No reason to have a firearm at home, Miller says

TORONTO, (National Post) – Gun owners in Toronto may soon be prohibited from keeping their firearms at home even if they are properly licensed and registered, Mayor David Miller said last week.

 

"There's no reason to own a gun in Toronto -- collector or not. If you are a collector and you have a permit, the guns need to be stored in a way that they can't be stolen. And perhaps a centralized facility of some kind could accomplish that goal," Mr. Miller told the National Post. "The law requires gun owners to have proper storage, but obviously not everyone adheres to that."

 

Following a spate of shootings in Toronto, the Mayor has asked city lawyers and the police to determine whether the municipality has the "legal ability" to require individuals to store their weapons at a secure facility such as a gun club.   "It's a very serious issue and I don't have all the answers to it, but I've spoken to the [Police] Chief as well as our own legal department to see what we can do," Miller said.

 

The Mayor has repeatedly blamed lax gun laws in the United

States for some of Toronto's violence, saying half of the firearms in the city originated in the United States.  While pressing the federal government to stem the smuggling of guns across the border, Miller said steps must also be taken steps to address domestic gun problems.

 

Miller noted several U.S. cities such as Chicago have passed ordinances restricting handgun ownership. But legal gun owners argue the new rules would only make life simpler for criminals. "It would just put all the firearms in one place so they could all be stolen at one time," said Eric Greer of the Ontario Arms Collectors Association. "That would be a wonderful thing."

 

Greer added the Mayor's proposal would not prevent criminals from acquiring weapons, noting Canada enacted its first handgun registry in 1934.   "It hasn't made one iota of difference. And the reason is the people that registered their handguns don't commit the crimes. The people who commit crimes don't register their guns. It's as simple as that," he said.    Other gun owners said they are tired of being conflated with murderers and thieves.

 


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