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Action Alert Tax Protection for Conservation Clubs
New legislation has been introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives by Rep. Jim Tedder (R-Clarkston) that would provide tax protection for qualified conservation clubs. House Bill 5109 would exempt real property owned by a qualified conservation club from collection of local property taxes, so long as the facilities of the club are open to the public for charitable, nonprofit purposes at least 55 days each calendar year, and the primary purpose of the club is to educate the public in conservation, hunting, fishing, firearm safety or archery, and the clubs may demonstrate their primary purpose through affiliation with a statewide non-profit with the same primary purpose.
This is a top priority of MUCC and we are asking our members to contact each legislative committee member to ask them to say YES to HB 5109. Read along for their contact information.
House Committee on Tax Policy
If you have prepared a written statement or email, please also copy the committee clerk Kevin Gawronski,
. If you intend to attend the hearing in person, please bring 20 copies.
Tax Protection for Charitable Conservation Clubs
It’s been an increasingly common trend: Conservation clubs like yours which have long been tax-exempt from local property tax assessments due to the public service they provide find themselves in the crosshairs of new assessors as local budgets tighten.
That’s not right. So Michigan United Conservation Clubs is doing something about it.
For the past few months, we’ve been working with legislators to craft legislation that would protect conservation clubs providing public services from unexpected new tax assessments. Yesterday, HB 5109 was introduced by Rep. Jim Tedder (R-Clarkston) with 22 co-sponsors to do just that!
The bill would exempt real property owned by a qualified conservation club from collection of local property taxes if:
- The facilities of the club are open to the public for charitable, nonprofit purposes at least 55 days each calendar year
- The primary purpose of the club is to educate the public in conservation, hunting, fishing, firearms safety or archery
Read the full legislation here
Conservation clubs in Michigan provide a multitude of public services, from range time for local law enforcement, hunter’s safety instruction for local youth, meeting space for local boards and other nonprofit organizations, maintaining and improving fish and wildlife habitat, to educating the public about conservation, hunting, fishing, trapping and firearms safety. Many of these conservation clubs fill an additional public service to the State of Michigan through their support and affiliation with 501c3 charitable conservation organizations like Michigan United Conservation Clubs.
The public service provided by local conservation, rod and gun, sportsmen’s and archery clubs earned tax-exemptions in recognition for those valuable public services. Nonprofit conservation clubs often operate on a shoestring budget, and these improper tax bills threaten to shut many of them down, depriving local communities of the services they provide.
We’d like to know if your club has had an issue similar to this. If so, your club's story will be critical to passing this legislation. Email
if your club has faced a situation like this.
Report for OCSC August 10, 2015 by Elden Montross
State Board Meeting was Saturday and lots of thing are happening.
Senator Peter MacGregor introduced a bill to cut Property Tax for Conservation and gun Club.
September 9, 2015 Camo at the Capitol start 9:00 am till 2:00 Pm
We had a presentation from Katy Hintzen, Michigan Sea Grant and Mike Jury, MDEQ Remediation and Redevelopment Div. “Saginaw Bay Reef Restoration and Fisheries Research”
The Department of Natural Resources announced today august 6 that it has found a third deer with chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Mid-Michigan. The five-year-old doe was found within a mile of the location where the first doe was found this past spring and where a two-year-old CWD-positive buck was found last month. Genetic testing indicates that all three deer were related as part of an extended family. Since the deer was found in the existing core CWD management zone, no changes will be made to the geographic boundaries of that zone, which include a nine-township core area surrounding and including Meridian Township (Ingham County).
Once the first deer was found, the DNR implemented its CWD Response Plan, which includes a baiting and feeding ban in a three-county management zone (Clinton, Ingham and Shiawassee) around Meridian Township and a mandatory deer check and aggressive data collection in the nine-township core area. The DNR asks that the public and hunters continue to report deer that are unusually thin and exhibiting unusual behavior.
MUCC website has a new look check it out (www.mucc.org)
Next state Board meeting October 10, 2015 at Cedar Lake Outdoor Center, Chelsea
Next District 7, Meeting Shiawassee Conservation Association September 8, 2015
Report for July 13, 2015 for OCSC Board Meeting by Elden Montross
MUCC Convention June 19, 20 and 21, 2015 at the Tree Tops Resort Gaylord
At its Annual Convention at Tree Tops Resort in Gaylord June 20-21, Michigan United Conservation Clubs adopted a suite of new conservation policies
Proposed and voted in by its members, including support for increasing poaching penalties for multiple species and limiting the 150 yard hunting safety zone to firearm hunting for which it was designed.
Here is Complete List of the 2015 resolution passed by MUCC
1. Position on Nuclear Waste Repositories in Michigan and the Great Lakes Basin
Adopts a position for MUCC to Support a ban on long term disposal and deep Geological
Repository of all grades of radioactive waste in Michigan and the Great Lakes Basin.
2. Gray Wolf Management Units in Eastern Upper Peninsula
Adopts a position for MUCC to urge the Michigan DNR and the Natural Resources Commission to establish new Wolf Management Unit for the eastern end of the U. P. when wolf hunting resumes.
3. Restoring State Management of the Gray Wolf in the Western Great Lakes
Supports MUCC’s efforts to restore state management of gray wolves in the western Great Lakes. MUCC is participating in the appeal of the ruling which put gray wolves back on the endangered species list, despite biological recovery, is supporting federal legislation to de-list wolves, and introduced a successful resolution to have National Wildlife Federation support de-listing as well. (Affirms an emergency resolution)
4. Michigan Elk Management
Affirms support for 2012 Michigan Elk Management Plan, including the use of the annual lottery hunt as the primary means of managing the elk population and opposing preferential private land elk tags. (Affirms an emergency resolution)
5. Support ATV/ORV/OHV Use in the Hiawatha National Forest
Encourages the U.S. Forest Service to work with the Michigan DNR and trail user groups to work together to streamline the trail permitting process for ORV’s in the Hiawatha National Forest.
6. Bear Population Data and Quotas
Confirms MUCC’s participation and commitment to working with bear hunting organizations in the Michigan Bear Forum to reach consensus on bear population goals and quotas.
7. Full Disclosure of Hydraulic Fracturing
Confirms MUCC’s support for disclosure of chemicals in hydraulic fracturing fluids, which was promulgated into state regulations by the Department of Environmental Quality in March 2015.
8. Reduced Prices for Youth Hunting Licenses
Encourages a reduced hunting license fee for youth hunters under the age of 17.
9. Lake Erie Duck Hunting
To resolve an issue where the open season dates for duck hunting in Lake Erie do not always correspond to dates when ducks are present, encourages MUCC to work with the DNR, NRC and Citizens Waterfowl Advisory Council to structure duck hunting seasons so align the Lake Erie open season with times when waterfowl are migrating.
10. Lake St. Clair Combined Possession on Pike, Walleye and Bass
Encourages a split in the combined limits on pike, walleye and bass to five pike, six walleye and five bass per day on Lake St. Clair.
11. Aquaculture Expansion
MUCC opposes any significant expansion of commercial cage culture and/or flow-through aquaculture facilities in Michigan.
12. Belle Isle State Park Enhancement Prioritization
Promote the creation of recreational enhancements for Belle Isle State Park, such as canoe rentals and public boat launches, and consider using third-party vendors if necessary.
13. Second Amendment Holiday
Create a day or period of time in which the state sales tax could be waived for the purchase of firearms and/or hunting equipment.
14 – 17. Increase Restitution and Penalties for Poaching
Confirms MUCC support for increasing restitution and penalties for poaching elk, moose, migratory birds and bears.
18. Hunting Dog Collars
Make it unlawful for to remove any collar or device on a dog without the owner’s permission.
19. Limit Hunting Safety Zone Application to Hunting with Firearms
Eliminate the 150-yard hunting safety zone except for hunting with firearms.
On the Grounds is MUCC’s volunteer fish and wildlife habitat improvement program.
July 19, 2015 Clinton River Cleanup
We’re partnering with the Metro-West Steelheaders to clean up trash and debris from the Clinton River
Next District 7 meeting July 14, 2015
Next state Board August 8, 2015
Report for June 24, 2015 for OCSC Meeting by Elden Montross
MUCC members restructure organization to increase engagement and future sustainability
At the 2015 Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) annual convention, delegates approved a major restructuring of the board of directors, organizational structure, and the governing bylaws for the 78-year old organization. These changes will preserve the opportunity for continued involvement with MUCC members as well as protect the “grassroots” nature of conservation policy adoption and engagement, while at the same time securing the organization’s future through an improved governance process.
“the future of the organization is our responsibility”, Ron Burris to convention delegates. “The new structure will provide stability to ensure that MUCC is well-prepared to thrive for another 78 years in uniting citizens to conserve, protect and enhance Michigan’s natural resources and outdoor heritage.”
Under these changes, MUCC’s twenty districts across the state will be combined into eight geographical regions and 1 “region” consisting of affiliated clubs that have a statewide membership and mission.
The new Executive Board will be a 17-member body that will handle the governance and fiduciary responsibilities of MUCC, including:
Immediate Past President
9 Region Directors
2 elected At-Large Directors from the 2 regions with the most MUCC-affiliated clubs
2 At-Large Directors appointed by the President
A complementary Conservation Policy Board will be established consisting of up to 40 voting members and chaired by the Vice President:
Three members from each Region to represent affiliated clubs (27 members)
Eight Individual Members (not affiliated with a club) from each of the 8 geographical regions
One representative from each of the five Policy Committees established under the bylaws: Wildlife, Fisheries, Shooting & Ranges, Parks & Trails, and Youth & Education
The Conservation Policy Board is a new concept designed to increase the reach and involvement of affiliate clubs and individual members across the state—while there are elected members of the Board, any MUCC member will be invited to attend, learn, and voice their opinions on hunting, fishing, trapping and other conservation issues. At their quarterly meetings, the Conservation Policy Board will interact with experts on emerging topics through presentations and panel discussions and the Board will vet proposed policy resolutions to move on to the voting delegates of the Annual Convention. MUCC’s Annual Convention will continue to invite every affiliate club to participate in the only grassroots policy development process of its kind.
These new bylaws will go into effect next summer to allow for the election of officers of both the Executive Board and the Conservation Policy Board to occur at the 2016 Annual Convention, which will be June 17-19, 2016.
- See more at: https://mucc.org/mucc-members-restructure-organization-to-increase-engagement-and-future-sustainability/#sthash.dOb6fI8U.dpuf
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Found in Michigan
Camo at the Capitol: Anti-Poaching Bills Move Forward
On the Grounds is MUCC’s volunteer fish and wildlife habitat improvement program. July 18, 2015 Clinton River Cleanup. We’re partnering with the Meto-West Steelheaders to clean up trash and debris from the Clinton River
Next District 7 meeting July 14, 2015 the guest speaker Dan Dumas on Turkey calls
Report for April 13, 2015 for OCSC Board Meeting by Elden Montross
RESOLUTIONS PASSED TO CONVENTION
Proposed By-Law Change would establish two boards
Executive Board consisting of 16 members responsible for the governance of the Corporation.
Conservation Policy Board consisting of 37 members responsible for establishing the conservation policies of the Corporation and to act as conduit with the clubs and individual members.
Michigan Out-of-Doors podcast is available in several locations. The first is right on MUCC's website, under News and blogs. You can sort by category, and get just the podcast episodes by clicking here.
You can also subscribe to Michigan Out-of-Doors podcast through applications such as Itunes and Stitcher. Just type in Michigan Out-of-Doors podcast into the search box in either application, then click subscribe. That will allow you to listen to each new episode as it is released. These two applications also work on your smart phones, and will allow you to listen anywhere.
DISTRICT 7 WILL SPONOR TWO KIDS TO THE MUCC YOUTH CAMP PLEASE SEND THE NAME TO Elden Montross by May 12, 2015 drawing will be held at the district meeting. All Kids from District 7 Clubs Are eligible
Next District 7 meeting May 12, 2015 at Whitmore Lake Rod & Gun Gun club
MUCC Convention June 19, 20 and 21, 2015 at the Tree Tops Resort Gaylord
Report for March 25, 2015 for OCSC Meeting By Elden Montross
RESOLUTIONS PASSED TO CONVENTION
Proposed By-Law change would establish two boards
- Executive Board consisting of 16 members responsible for the governance of the corporation.
- Conservation Policy Board consisting of 37 members responsible for establishing the conservation policies of the Corporation and to act as conduit with the clubs and individual members
District 7 will sponsor two kids to the MUCC Youth Camp.
Please send their name to Elden Montross by May 12, 2015. Drawing will be held at the district meeting. All District 7 Clubs are eligible.
Next State Board Meeting, April 11, 2015 at Dowagiac Conservation Club
Next District 7 meeting, May 12, 2015 at Whitmore Lake Rod & Gun Club.
Report for February 25, 2015 for OCSC Meeting By Elden Montross
RESOLUTIONS PASSED TO CONVENTION
Interim Resolution Passed by Board of Directors
- GRAY WOLF MANAGEMENT (UNITS IN EASTERN U.P.)
This resolution asks Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) to strongly urge the Michigan DNR and the Natural Resources Commission to add a new Wolf Management Unit that will include the east end of the Upper Peninsula in a 2015 wolf hunting season.
- Restoring State Management of the Gray Wolf in the Western Great Lakes
This resolution asks MUCC to call on the United States Congress to re-de-list wolves from the Endangered Species Act in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. It was submitted by Statewide Vice President George Lindquist and supported by the Ottawa Sportsmen’s Club.
- Support of Deer Baiting
This resolution was submitted by MUCC Life Member Richard P. Smith to remove MUCC’s opposition to deer baiting, which was adopted at our 2007 convention.
- Increasing UP Bear License Quotas
This resolution was also submitted by MUCC Life Member Richard P. Smith. It would have MUCC encourage the DNR to raise bear license quotas by bear management unit in the Upper Peninsula.
- Support ATV/ORV/OHV Use in the Hiawatha National Forest
This resolution was submitted by MUCC Board Member Tim Kobasic on behalf of our newest affiliate club, the Hiawathaland Trails Association. It would have MUCC encourage national forest managers for the Hiawatha National Forest to consider utilizing trails and routes recommended by the Michigan DNR and trail sponsors, and also to consider adoption of a streamlined use permit process similar that that used by the State of Michigan, so that designated ORV routes are consistent as they pass through state to federal land, with appropriate allowances for restrictions necessary to accommodate wildlife like the Kirtland’s warbler.
- Michigan Elk Management
This interim resolution was submitted by MUCC Past President Paul Rose and adopted by the executive committee in January. It will move on to the annual convention for confirmation, but remains official MUCC policy in the meantime. The resolution asks MUCC to continue support of the 2012 Elk Management Plan and to oppose efforts to provide preferential treatment for the issuance of elk tags based on land ownership or crop loss. The management plan calls for continuation of lottery-based hunting as the primary method of herd management.
- Come Home to Hunt: Work on a feasibility study to examine the possibility of expanding resident licenses to former residents meeting certain criteria.
- Full Disclosure/Hydraulic Fracturing: Work to ensure that the regulations on fracking include full disclosure of the chemicals used in the process and consider the inclusion of oil and gas operations in the water withdrawal regulations as well.
- Hunting Licenses for Youth: Enact a reduction in the hunting license fees for youth under 17 that are Michigan residents.
- Belle Isle State Park: MUCC, DNR and the Belle Isle Advisory Council should work towards developing additional enhancements to facilitate recreation on the island, including ice skating, canoeing, boat ramps, and camp grounds.
- Aquaculture in Michigan: Work to ensure that the State of Michigan’s laws and regulations are adequate to protect water quality, native and stocked fisheries, and public recreation in the face of aquaculture expansion.
- Lake Erie Duck Hunting: Expanding opportunities to hunt ducks later in the year in the southern waterfowl zone.
- Safety Green for Hunting: Consider allowing an opportunity for hunters to wear safety green clothing in the field to increase visibility to other hunters.
- Muskellunge Spearing: Oppose the expansion of muskie spearing and eliminate spearing where there has been a decline in the muskie population.
- Restitution for Poaching (4 resolutions): In light of the new enhanced restitution for poaching white-tailed deer, MUCC should work to implement higher penalties for poaching for the following species:
- Migratory Birds
- Turn In Poachers (TIPS) Reporting Option: Work to enact a limited hunting tag reward system to people willing to provide information leading to conviction of poachers.
- Second Amendment Holiday: Work to implement some period of time (1 weekend or 2 days per year) where the state sales tax would be waived on purchases of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, and all hunting, fishing, and trapping supplies.
- Lake St. Clair Combined Possession Limits: Work to eliminate the combined possession limit and instead have separate possession limits for pike, walleye and bass and consider an increase in the pike bag limit on Lake St. Clair.
Feb 26-Mar 1 Thu-Sun Outdoorama -- Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi
The Next District 7 Meeting will be at German American Marksman’s March10, 2015 7:00 PM
Report for January 12, 2015 for OCSC Meeting By Elden Montross
As we kick off the New Year here at MUCC, here are my 5 New Year’s Conservation Money Management Resolutions. While more than one third of resolutions are broken by January, I hope you find that we stick to it longer than my all-kale and salmon diet does this year (kidding!). MUCC resolves to:
1. Ensure that hunters, anglers, and trappers are represented in budget discussions
2. Hold the DNR accountable for producing important game and fish outcomes with that money, be it habitat acres improved, fish planted, poachers caught, or recruitment and retention of sportsmen and women.
3. Protect Game and Fish funds from questionable uses
4. Analyze major changes to participation in the outdoors and suggest license changes or marketing opportunities
5. Keep our members in the loop, including letting you know how and where your hunting, fishing, and trapping license monies are being used but also how to get involved in those decisions
.LANSING – Private landowners and hunters have a new resource available to them. Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC), in partnership with Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), and Pheasants Forever (PF) have collaborated to fund a new wildlife cooperative coordinator position, housed at MUCC. Anna Mitterling, who is filling this position, will assist in creating, implementing, and maintaining wildlife cooperatives of private landowners around the state to create, maintain, and improve wildlife habitat.
“We are excited to have Anna Mitterling join our team and take on the wildlife cooperative coordinator role” said Dan Eichinger, Executive Director for Michigan United Conservation Clubs. “She brings a good understanding of wildlife cooperatives and their social networks to the table. Her experiences with deer cooperatives equip her to assist existing wildlife cooperatives in meeting their management goals, as well as coordinating with landowners looking to initiate their own cooperatives.”
“We are enthusiastic and excited to have a full-time wildlife cooperative coordinator,” said Russ Mason, wildlife chief of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “We are confident that Anna will do a wonderful job supporting and growing landowner co-ops for both deer and pheasant habitat.”
Wildlife cooperatives are increasing in size and number throughout Michigan. These groups are vital to private land and wildlife management. They have the capacity to bring together large groups of hunters and landowners to talk about management, hunting strategies for the coming season, and look at these factors form a larger perspective than single property parcels. This program will assist in gathering ideas for cooperative development, habitat projects, and voluntary wildlife harvest management.
“The QDMA is proud and excited to be a part of this unprecedented partnership,” said Michael Goyne, president of the Michigan QDMA Chapter. “Cooperation between the DNR and like-minded conservation organizations uniquely leverages financial and intellectual resources to achieve common goals. Hunter management and habitat management are two of QDMA’s key cornerstones. This new position directly impacts both, and will ultimately improve the experience of Michigan deer hunters.”
“Pheasants Forever is pleased to be a part of the coalition supporting the new Landowner Cooperative Coordinator, with the common goal of accelerating wildlife habitat development on private lands,” said Bill VanderZouwen, region representative for Pheasants Forever.
Mitterling earned her Masters’ Degree at Michigan State University in Fisheries and Wildlife. Her thesis was on deer cooperatives and the influence social networks within those groups had on hunting behavior. She worked with the DNR Wildlife Division from 2007-2010 and assisted with wildlife management planning and stakeholder engagement.
“I am thrilled to have this position, as well as the privilege to work with such a great set of organizations,” said Mitterling. “Cooperatives are a passion of mine, and I am honored to be able to work with hunters and landowners to take such pride and ownership of their natural resources.”
Landowners interested in learning more about wildlife cooperatives can contact Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, at
or (517) 346-6454.We were at Ultimate Fishing Show Detroit, Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi
Next District 7 Meeting will be January 13,2015 at Grand Blanc huntsman Club There will discuss all resolution for Region IV meeting.
Feb 21,2015 will be Region IV meeting will be at Tri County.
Feb 26-Mar 1 Thu-Sun Outdoorama -- Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi
The Next District 7 Meeting will be at Grand Blanc Huntsmen Club January 13, 2015 7:00 PM
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