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    Grant Parsons on NMEAC's Principled Success

    In 1985/1986 MDOT wanted to clear-cut M-72. Phil Thiel convinced Jim Olsen and me and some others to oppose them. In addition to Jim’s Complaint, each of us adopted a tree and vowed to protect it. We pretty much won, saved a lot of the trees. Clarence Kroupa, the man who invented trees, was our expert. This is the tree I adopted.
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    Sally Van Vleck Reflects on NMEAC's Origin

    Yes, the rumors are true, NMEAC really did begin with a conversation between 4 women sitting around a kitchen table in 1980. Back then, one of the hot issues was nuclear power, so when we learned that a request had been filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to increase the capacity of the spent fuel rod tanks by placing the used fuel rods closer together, the environmental community had concerns. The management of the plant insisted that it would be safe; however, others who knew about this sort of thing were wary.
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    Environmentalist of the Year Celebration

    Traverse City

    Join us for the virtual 2021 Environmentalist of the Year Celebration
    Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 7:00 PM EDT

    Once again, the hoped-for joyful gathering in person is not to be. Instead, we will gather in a virtual setting on Zoom, and still hear Brotha James' joyful music, be inspired by Kate Madigan relating climate change with our actions, and be enthused to learn the many accomplishments of the nominees in our community.

    The wonderful program starts with music by brotha James at 6:45 PM, and the program begins at 7:00 PM. Thanks to our underwriters you will find listed in the program and below.

    See this year's nominees listed below.

    Registration is free - sign up below. You will receive an email from Zoom with your attendance link in about 15 minutes.

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