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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced Friday morning that it has received the first reports of bats dying from white-nose syndrome.
According to a DNR press release, bat bodies were found outside the opening of an abandoned copper mine near Mohawk in Keweenaw County in the Upper Peninsula.
White-nose syndrome was first discovered in Michigan in late winter 2014 in Alpena, Dickinson, Keweenaw, Mackinac and Ontonagon counties.
For the full article, see Tom Greenwood, "Michigan DNR gets reports of bat deaths, issues warning", Detroit News, January 23, 2015.
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DTE Energy and a tree trimming company face a $54 million lawsuit after a lawyer claims they followed a "secret scorched earth" policy for cutting growth along power lines.
Southfield attorney Geoffrey Fieger filed the suits on behalf of property owners in Bloomfield Hills, saying the power company had "clear cut hundreds of century old hardwood trees."
That program, called the Ground to Sky campaign, involved cutting work performed by Davey Tree, a Kent, Ohio-based tree removal company, along with its local subsidiary, North Detroit Tree Service, Fieger said in a statement Wednesday.
Tree trimming along utility lines is a hot topic among homeowners, utility customers and others. Utilities try to keep power lines clear of branches that can snap during storms, cutting power to thousands. At the same time, customers demand reliable service but blanch at unsightly trees sliced off at the top or sides or chopped down altogether near lines.
For the full article, see Mike Martindale and Jim Lynch, "DTE draws lawsuits over Bloomfield Hills tree cutting", Detroit News, January 21, 2015.
The federal government joined the state's efforts to expand trails with its announcement Wednesday of the Huron River Water Trail, the 18th piece of the National Water Trails System.
The trail, which runs 104 miles upstream from Lake Erie, was originally created by the Huron River Watershed Council, which has posted information about the trail on its website.
New Water Trails Designated in Louisiana and Michigan, posted by Press Release Point, January 21st, 2015 for National Park Service.
The Great Lakes are coming back, but the rising water levels are reminding some Michiganians to be careful what they wish for.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials are predicting that Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie will likely be several inches above their long-term average in June. Lake Ontario's level, which is controlled, should be right at its historic level. Lake St. Clair, which is not part of the Great Lakes, will be 10 inches over that mark.
This is a reversal of fortunes from the past dozen years, when Michigan's boating season outlook included lake levels that fell below their historical average. Those low waters have meant headaches for anglers, marina operators and the shipping industry.
Many in and around the lakes have been waiting for lake levels to rebound closer to their historical averages because they allow commercial vessels to carry more cargo, recreational boats to get in and out of marinas and harbors more easily, and property owners to enjoy their more traditional shorelines. They also help stop the development of algae in shallow areas, which have created toxic blooms.
But the return of higher waters isn't necessarily welcomed by all, including the homeowners along Shore Drive in the southwest Michigan community of New Buffalo.
For the full article, see Jim Lynch, "Great Lakes rebound, but rising tides pose problems", Detroit News, January 19, 2015.
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