We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. -Aldo Leopold

NMEAC has been fighting for a clean and just environment in northern Michigan for 40 years. We are an all-volunteer organization that works on a myriad of issues including clean energy, fresh water, smart development, and other issues that preserve and protect northern Michigan as a place to thrive. Become a Member today!

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of the Year

  • Featured event

    2023 Environmentalist of the Year Awards & Celebration

    Join us for a wonderful celebration of environmental activism in our community - finally, in person again!

    Taproot is providing heavy appetizers. Doors open at 5:30 PM for appetizers and mingling.

    Sarna Salsman

    Sara Salzman

    Our program begins at 7:00 PM. This year, we're thrilled to hear from our keynote speaker, Sarna Salzman, Executive Director of SEEDS Ecology and Education Centers.

    We're also honored that Brotha James - Jeremy Reisig - will uplift our spirits with his delightful music.

    Online $25 ticket sales (get yours below) are now open through April 12! Tickets will be $30 at the door.

    We will celebrate on Friday, April 14, 2023, at the Dennos Museum.


    Sponsor the Celebration!

    Become a sponsor or underwriter of this important event. Your name will be printed in the program that everyone will receive and will be displayed at the event for all to see.

    Become a Sponsor

    Nominations closed on March 23.

    April 14, 2023 at 5:30pm
    Dennos Museum Center
    1410 College Dr
    Traverse City, MI 49686
    United States
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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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