NRC Honors Michigan United Conservations Clubs with Partners in Conservation Award

Michigan United Conservations Clubs
DNR Director Rodney Stokes (fourth from right) and NRC Chair Tim Nichols (second from right) presenting the NRC’s Partners in Conservation Award to representatives of Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) is available below. Shown (left to right) are: Bill Krepps, past president, MUCC; Dawn Levey, statewide vice president, MUCC; Jim DeClerck, former director, MUCC; Erin McDonough, executive director, MUCC; DNR Director Stokes; Paul Rose, president, MUCC; NRC Chair Nichols; and Paul Farrell, statewide vice president, MUCC.
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Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Michigan –-( The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) presented Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) with a Partners in Conservation Award at its regular monthly meeting Thursday, June 14, in Lansing.

The award honored the group’s 75th anniversary.

Department of Natural Resources Director Rodney Stokes recited a litany of contributions MUCC has made to the cause of conservation, including involvement in summer youth camps; the creation of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund; the success of Michigan’s landmark “Bottle Bill;” and 1996 campaigns to pass Proposal G – affirming the NRC’s authority to make hunting regulations – and defeat an anti-bear hunting initiative.

Most recently, MUCC played a key role in securing the passage of the Hunter Heritage bills, which eliminated the minimum hunting age and created a Mentored Youth Hunting program.

“Michigan United Conservations Clubs has been on the forefront of virtually every important conservation battle in this state since its inception in 1937,” Stokes said. “It is with great appreciation and admiration that we recognize MUCC’s numerous achievements on the natural resources front during its 75th anniversary celebration.”

Partners in Conservation Awards are presented to organizations or individuals who have been nominated by DNR staff members for their outstanding contributions to natural resources causes in Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to

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