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Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC)
PO Box 1166
Traverse City, MI 49685

  • Troy Westergaard
    commented 2020-09-11 18:57:44 -0400
    My producing partner and I are attempting to contact Eileen Ganter, daughter of author Hugh Wray McCann. We are interested in the film and tv rights to his book on Johnny Nicholas. If you are indeed the Eileen Ganter we seek, would you please contact us or let us know who represents the book rights. Thank you for your time. Truly, Troy Westergaard ([email protected]) and Madelon Rosenfeld ([email protected]) Congrats on the Award!
  • Brynna Wesley
    commented 2020-09-06 12:01:11 -0400

    I am doing a profile on NMEAC for my college English class and I need to interview someone from NMEAC to include in my project. I was hoping to interview one of the board members, preferably Ann Rogers or Greg Reisig but any board member of NMEAC that is willing to be interviewed would be perfect! Please shoot me an email or give me a call. Thanks!
  • June Thaden
    followed this page 2020-09-04 12:02:34 -0400
  • Peter Braden
    commented 2020-08-31 10:55:26 -0400
    Hi, I recently joined this organization. I have also recently resigned from my March of Dimes board seat and am looking to be continue to be active in the community. When is the next meeting? Are you looking for additional board memebers?
  • Kathie Wiley
    commented 2020-08-11 18:35:21 -0400
    Can’t hardly breathe.

    Biking around Logan’s landing, then Logan’s Pointe, then came back out

    to my fav. spot 4 birding, two guys getting out of trucks. Orange Vests. I asked what’s up…. they were there to design tree and brush removal and design the boardwalk going over the lake to continue the path.

    They are ripping out the home of Cedar Wax Wings, R. Wing B. B. , Red Starts, Tree Swallows, etc.

    They will have a Boardwalk Bridge right where the ducks migrate to and where the huge turtles have been undisturbed. Frick!!

    Their shortcut across that southern stretch of Boardman Lake will impact wildlife horribly.
  • Chico Luna
    commented 2020-08-09 09:34:27 -0400
    Who can I call about a morning dove with a broken wing
  • Dan Bertalan
    commented 2020-07-29 10:29:01 -0400
    Hi There,

    I’m producing a documentary for PBS on FishPass and would love to get NMEAC’s perspective on the project by interviewing Ann Rogers next month in TC. Would Ann please email or call so we can set something up?

    If however, you prefer another spokesperson to do the interview, please email the contact information.

    Thanks so much for connecting the dots… and all that you do.

    Best, Dan
  • Linda Greening
    commented 2020-07-14 10:12:06 -0400
    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is celebrating 50 years of history in our region. We will be publishing a commemorative section in partnership with them. It will include historical photos, articles written by our editorial staff and information our readers and visitors will read and enjoy. The publication will be inserted into the Record-Eagle on Sunday, August 30th for locals and 5000 will be distributed to the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire and around the Traverse City area for visitors to use for free. You also get 10,000 impressions (ads) on

    Would you like to promote NMEAC and support Sleeping Bear Dunes for their 50th Anniversary? Let me know what you think. Thanks! Linda
  • Robert LaPorte
    commented 2020-06-23 14:57:32 -0400
    Want to know when the next NMEAC meeting will be?
  • Deyar Jamil
    commented 2020-04-02 09:38:09 -0400
    A big thank you to Ann Rogers for your 4/02/20 forum piece in the Record-Eagle. A reminder that all the earth’s creatures, from microscopic bugs to humans, are related. We need to respect each creature’s place in the chain to keep it from falling apart. Thank you for stating it so simply.
  • Bill McKinley
    commented 2020-03-27 18:30:32 -0400
    Hello; I am not a member of NMEAC but I was wondering if you have taken an official stand on the Cedar River Marina Project being proposed at the village park in Cedar this spring . I would appreciate hearing from you.

    Thanks for your time.

    Bill McKinley
  • steve kokette
    commented 2020-02-26 07:54:48 -0500
    I’m creating a national directory of businesses that have done renewable projects so consumers can patronize them. You can see what stage it’s at at I’m not satisfied with the Michigan list and was hoping your members could inform me about businesses in Michigan that should be on the list but aren’t.

    Steve Kokette

    This website is devoted to reducing global warming/climate change by informing consumers in the U.S., whether travelling or at home, where they might spend their money to reward businesses that have done (or whose landlords have done) renewable energy projects to make, store, etc., their products and services.
  • Al Frye
    commented 2020-02-12 16:37:40 -0500
    I am part of Carbon Free Manistee/ Plant One Million Trees located in Manistee. We would like to speak with you about a possible collaboration.
  • Noelle Riley
    commented 2020-01-15 10:58:47 -0500
    I’m the news director at IPR News. I’d like to interview someone with your organization about FishPass. My deadline is tomorrow, Thursday Jan. 16 at 1 p.m.
  • Mark OReilly
    commented 2020-01-14 13:27:29 -0500
    Looking to connect with someone who has set up a Go Fund Me to give me some “tips” in advance of my getting started. Friends in Australia burned out!
  • Denise Baker
    commented 2019-11-08 11:06:55 -0500
    I just made a donation in memory of our beloved friend and colleague Deb Marois. Please do not add my name to any mail lists. Please also do not share my name with any other organizations or businesses. Thank you for all you do to protect the Up North beauty that we love and miss so dearly. ~Denise Baker and Andy Knott
  • Anonymous Resident
    commented 2019-10-15 12:20:34 -0400
    Go directly to page 30 of this packet. This developmemt would be impacting/destroying a very sensitive ecosystem, and a stream containing brook trout.
  • Kennard Weaver
    commented 2019-08-19 12:28:13 -0400

    The current draft under consideration has no exemptions, even though the Watershed Center, Russ Soyring, and Lauren-Tribe have all said

    that NMC should be exempt. Without an exemption, the current draft would make all of the NMC land North of Eastern Avenue unusable for

    anything other than a tree lot, as it is currently all wooded. Building a dorm or a classroom or a library would require removing enough trees

    that the replacement requirements under the currently proposed ordinance could not be met. An exemption for “units of local government”

    would not exempt NMC, as the Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that community colleges are not units of local government. NMC has not

    been a ruthless remover of trees and, in fact, has worked to keep the wooded sections of its campus intact to a great degree.

    The proposed ordinance needs to be amended to exempt NMC by name.
  • Emily Kotz
    commented 2019-07-13 14:30:20 -0400

    My name is Emily Kotz and I am a graduate assistant at Michigan State University studying community sustainability and will be holding a series of focus groups in the Upper Peninsula on July 14th and 15th. Our focus groups are on the topic of Great Lakes coastline management and community input is very important for our research.

    We hope to gain community input on how to become better stewards of the Great Lakes and produce a messaging campaign along with the Office of Great Lakes.

    On July, 14th we will be at the Landmark Inn in Marquette from 3-4pm and on July, 15th we will be in Munising at the Alger Parks and Recreation Center at 4pm and 5pm.

    Each focus group session will last an hour and light snacks will be provided to participants. In addition a $25 monetary gift will be given to all participants.

    If you are interested in joining please email my research team at [email protected] Thank you for your interest in our research and hope to see you there!


    Emily Kotz
  • Ronald Lints
    commented 2019-06-28 14:58:51 -0400

    Dear Senator Stabenow,

    Thank you for informing us of your effort to add additional funding to control the spreading of chronic wasting disease in the Farm Bill 2018. Yes, the research in universities is important to “treat, mitigate and eliminate chronic wasting diseases”, as you stated in your letter dated May 28th, 2019. In addition, Senator Tester (D-Montana) has also introduced a bill: Act (S.689) to address CWD.

    This federal effort is needed but action in the field has to start NOW at the State Level with federal funds. CWD is an infectious disease that spreads quickly (example: The Great State of Wisconsin). I understand research and university research takes time that we do not have.

    Infectious disease in a wildlife population has to be addressed with 100% effort. All core areas need to be treated with proven wildlife management of an infectious disease and that is removing all the animals. Then, testing the surrounding areas for other positive animals, not just deer.

    Waiting for university research will allow CWD to spread. It is time to ACT. Don’t worry about your citizens, they are in this fight together with you and will support elimination of this infectious disease. Elimination is the only intelligent goal.

    All the best,

    Dr. Lints

    Below is information that I have shared previously with your staff and others.

    I have completed a literature research of CWD in the United States concerning Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The literature is from our Federaly funded organizations: Center for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institute of Health (NIH). The consensus: more research has to continue to determine how to manage CWD. Science has not discovered a cure for the disease in the animal population. They have been working on vaccines but no breakthroughs. What I am about to talk about is from literature review and asking questions. When the literature is completed by those who trust no one, the facts will direct us that we need a new wildlife plan.

    In 2002 the United State Government outlined an Action Plan to address CWD. This plan had did not have the science at the time to detail a better plan. Current science (Dr. Soto 2015 NIH funded) discovered that CWD spreads in grasses to other animals, not just deer. This CWD grass is a fact and proven. Thus, the reason our wildlife biologist have not be able to stop the disease in our wildlife animal population. Wisconsin and Michigan DNR biologist have tracked the CWD over the last 20 years showing that is moving through(spreading) our wildlife even with population reduction of wildlife animals.

    What can we do as citizens of Michigan? Contacting your Michigan and Federal representatives is very important but more urgent is upping your knowledge of the disease so we can change our behavior of how we handle all animals.

    Debbie Stabenow’s Regional Manager (Brandon Fewins) knows about CWD and has inform me that Debbie(ranking member of the Agriculture committee) is supporting a bill to determine the best scientific path of a new action plan. Our new Michigan DNR head, Dan Eichinger, can be contacted though is secretary, Judy Tkaczyki). Dan has a big problem to address in our wildlife animal population: CWD. Remember, CWD is a very infectious disease spreading in our wildlife animals and exists in grasses (Food chain items).

    The only way to stop this disease is remove all animals(not just deer) in the infected areas—-all animals and incinerate them ie New York(documented control of an infectious TB disease in wildlife populations). Other States(Wisconsin) would have taken a more aggressive approach but did not have enough science research to make the right decisions before 2015. Remember, the research of Soto(NIH funded) in 2015 discovered that prions(probably all strains) are spread laterally in grasses to other animals. This research is a “game changer” of how we approach CWD. Just taking out deer will not solve our wildlife infection. We have to change the behavior of our citizens and “how deer are handled” plus removing all other animals in the infected area. This will be a big job.

    The Federal Government has to be involved urgently dictating the removal of animals on private land due to the danger of contamination the food chain. The DNR has been locked up in courts trying to remove TB and fought hard to remove TB in the Alpena area but blocked by landowners/hunters. CWD is a national food chain challenge that has priority over animals on private property. “National food protection” should be a top priority. I am hopeful that an organized DNR and our citizens give us a chance to live through this infectious disease to protect the next generations.

    Please do your own complete literature review from, CDC and NIH before you make your personal decision to act and participate in fighting an infectious disease at your door.

    Below are my suggestions outlining fighting CWD that is a start for State and Federal officials.

    All the best,

    Ron Lints

    Ronald R. Lints DDS, MS

  • Ron Lints
    commented 2019-06-28 13:34:14 -0400
    Chronic wasting disease is contaminating our water and land. Please give me the best email to send my literature review.
  • Robert Buechler
    commented 2019-06-19 13:04:46 -0400
    I am a retiring hydrogeologist looking to volunteer my credentials and experience to the cause of groundwater protection.
  • Greg Cross
    commented 2019-05-12 19:40:47 -0400

    I am collecting buttons from campaigns and organizations working to protect the environment and sensitive habitats. My involvement in social and political movements inspired me to begin collecting buttons as a way of preserving this aspect of our history.

    Would you please send me a selection of any you have?

    Thank you!


    Gregory Cross
  • Ann McInnis
    commented 2019-03-25 19:52:01 -0400
    Last year Doug McInnis received the “Special Renewable Energy” Award but noticed it wasn’t listed in the 2018 EOY column. Will Doug McInnis be handing out the same award for 2019 to someone?
  • Terri Reisig
    commented 2019-03-07 11:23:09 -0500
    Mission Statement – Elk Rapids Indigenous Youth Initiative provides

    educational hands on experiences where students learn the importance of preserving culture, building positive relationships, sustainable living and taking care of the environment.

    I wanted to include this on my nomination for this group. for EOY
  • Pete Nelson
    commented 2019-02-01 17:05:55 -0500
    I’m an entomologist interested in the intersection of agriculture and ecology, born and raised in Alpena, who has recently returned to Michigan. This past summer I worked as a tree fruit consultant in NW Michigan, an experience that reaffirmed my desire to engage in conservation in this great state. As a graduate student, I was involved in teaching and outreach and found the interaction with students of all ages thoroughly rewarding. I’m hoping to utilize more of my skills to share with others how amazing NW Michigan’s natural history is.

    I’m reaching out to NMEAC because the goals of the organization align with my professional and personal perspective as well as interests. If someone has the time to meet and discuss what you perceive the natural history and conservation educational needs of northwest Michigan are, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you
  • James Hilgendorf
    commented 2019-01-25 23:51:03 -0500
    I’m writing from El Cerrito, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    I’m a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books, part of a new journey called “Traveling to a New America.”

    This coming year, I’m giving talks and holding conversations in towns and cities all across America, both in-person and online via Zoom video.

    Amid all the divisiveness, chaos, and loss of hope we see all around us, this is a time of immense opportunities, of a deep, transformational shift in all our lives that is beginning to reshape the core and heart of America.

    Would you and your group like to sponsor one of my talks?

    In America today, there’s so much talk about borders and walls. You can see me reading a passage from one of my books on this topic – called “Hurricane”.

    I love to engage audiences, large or small, through my talks and readings from my books, and a conversation about who we are, and who we are to become, here in America.

    For an online event, we would be talking together on Zoom video.

    You can download the Zoom app ( free. There is no technical expertise required. I would simply send you an email with a notice of a certain time to click a link, and we would be automatically connected and online. All you need is a computer or laptop with a good built-in camera.

    If you have an interest in sponsoring one of my talks in person, instead of online, and have a budget for this, we could also discuss details for that.

    Any payment for my talks in various ways, according to your circumstances – a direct payment or honorarium; admission charges; admission charges with free books being given away; a split from proceeds of a dinner, etc., would be appreciated.

    If you have an interest in talking further, please contact me directly by email or phone.

    Thanks, and best wishes.

    James Hilgendorf

    Cell: 510-501-9564

    Email: [email protected]


    My website is at:

    My Facebook Page, “Traveling to a New America”, is at:

    Here are a few comments from my previous talks:

    Comments from Talks:

    SOMOS – Society of the Muse of the Southwest, Taos, New Mexico:

    “I was deeply moved by your talk. It resonated on many levels.”

    “It was inspiring and challenging. The author is a combination of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bernie Sanders, Karl Marx, the Buddha, Ralph Nader, and Walt Whitman.”

    “I enjoyed your presentation, especially your optimism and dedication. I am inspired to remain optimistic in these changing times.”

    Napa Valley Arts Association

    “Thank you for your presence and words. Very inspiring.” Emily Freiman, President

    “Thank you for your thoughtful, eloquent presentation!”

    “Thank you for your presentation at the Art Association. I especially love your writing! Very very strong. Huge WOW. Thank you for your dedication and talent. Loved your reading from the America book. Poignant.

    Santa Barbara Chapter of IANDS – the International Association for Near-Death Studies

    “James Hilgendorf presented a one-hour talk tonight, titled “Waking Up To Who You Really Are” to an audience of about 100 of our attendees. During the talk, he presented ideas from his own Buddhist background, as well as ideas and commentary from a wide array of famous people, including Arnold Toynbee, Joseph Campbell, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Leo Tolstoy, Friedrich Nietzsche, Henri Bergson, Kenneth Ring, Daisaku Ikeda, John Wheeler and others, in an attempt to stimulate reflection upon the nature of our lives and our relationship to the universe around us, and to provide insights into the nature of happiness and of life and death itself. After the talk, there were many interesting questions from the audience. I felt his talk gifted us all with deep insights, guidance, and light. Very simple. Very beautiful.” – Barbara Bartolome, Founder/Director

    Spring Lake Village Senior residence, Santa Rosa, CA. – Lois Gilbert

    Our small group of Unitarian Universalists at Spring Lake Village (our lovely senior residence in Santa Rosa, CA) had the great pleasure of hosting James Hilgendorf to talk at one of our monthly speakers’ series, offered to all the residents and their friends. Lots of people came and I received many, many compliments on the presentation, and requests that he return. As I was the one who arranged the meeting with Jim, I will take this opportunity to highly recommend him. His talk is clear, informative, and intelligent; his manner warm, friendly, and approachable. About 10 of us were able to have dinner with Jim and his wife, Elizabeth afterward, here at Spring Lake Village. We all opened up with personal stories, as did Jim and Elizabeth. This is a very special event to have, very warm, and personally satisfying.

  • Christian Nelson
    commented 2018-11-23 14:59:50 -0500
    Good Morning!

    My name is Christian and I work for the vehicle donation and recycling program Vehicles For Veterans. I contacted you a little while ago to see if you could put our link somewhere on your website. I didn’t receive a response so I am just reaching out again to see if you are interested in helping.

    The proceeds from these vehicle donations go to support disabled veterans and other causes for our nation’s veterans. We are a free available resource for the people of Michigan. If you would like the learn more, just click on the link below, or contact me with any questions you have!

    Thank you for your time!

    Christian Nelson

    Vehicles For Veterans

    [email protected]
  • Christian Nelson
    commented 2018-11-16 14:47:47 -0500
    Good Morning!

    My name is Christian and I work for the vehicle donation and recycling program Vehicles For Veterans. I contacted you a little while ago to see if you would put our link on your website. I didn’t receive a response so I am just reaching out again to see if you are interested in helping.

    The proceeds from these vehicle donations go to support disabled veterans and other causes for our nation’s veterans. We are a free available resource for the people of Michigan. If you would like the learn more, just click on the link below, or contact me with any questions you have!

    Thank you for your time!

    Christian Nelson

    Vehicles For Veterans

    [email protected]
  • Susan Rogan
    commented 2018-11-14 21:29:30 -0500
    As you may know, nominations for the Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award are being accepted until January 2, 2018. Before we head into the busy holiday season, we are hoping that you will agree to help us with a special nomination.

    “Nominees are to be someone you believe exemplifies the ideals of the City Commission. These ideals are to promote mutual understanding and respect among all people and to discourage discriminatory practices.” (taken from: )

    Several of us feel that Sally Van Vleck would be the perfect recipient of this award. Indeed, we were surprised to learn she had not already received this prestigious award.

    We’ve learned that the committee looks for the same person to be nominated by several people. This is where you come in. If you could submit a nomination for Sally and ask others who know of Sally and her years of work to do the same, we might be able to help bring some recognition to this very deserving woman.

    Here’s what we need to do:

    Please submit a letter to include the nominee’s name, address, telephone number and humanitarian activities they are involved in along with the reasons why you are nominating this individual. The nominator should include their name and phone number in the letter as well. If you prefer, you can use this nomination form:

    Here is Sally’s address and phone number for the nomination form:

    1308 Neahtawanta Rd.

    Traverse City, MI 49686


    Please send nominations to:

    Traverse City Human Rights Commission

    400 Boardman Avenue

    Traverse City, Michigan 49684

    (or fax to the Human Rights Commission at 231-922-4470)

    Let’s avoid being caught up short by the holiday season. Let’s do this now. But, let’s keep it quiet so Sally does not find out what we are up to!

    Please share this with anyone you think would like to be involved.

    Thank you!

    Susan Rogan


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