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Friday: Outdoors

Stamp sands refill harbor in fall storms

From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources GAY — Heavy equipment operators were expected to begin working soon to dredge stamp sands from in and around the Grand Traverse Harbor in Keweenaw County. Over the past roughly 100 years, historic copper mine tailings from the ...

10 cool things the DNR did this past year

By CASEY WARNER and JOHN PEPIN Michigan Department of Natural Resources Before 2019 fades completely from sight in the rear-view mirror, we wanted to take one more glance back as we move forward at accomplishments over the past year. With numerous notable achievements to consider, ...

It’s a great time to get outside and wander

“It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.” — John Burroughs Winter has already a week of experience in hand. Of course, it has been rehearsing since early November, but it has ...

Writer remembers U.P. snow storms past

“Let me ride, I got to feel free inside.” — Kevin Cronin On days like this, when I was growing up, with the whole countryside so soft and white, us kids rushed to get outside as soon as we could. It never mattered how cold, wet or snowy it was, nobody wanted to go in the house, even ...

eDNA an emerging technology

From the U.S. Forest Service GLADSTONE — The Hiawatha National Forest, the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point are launching an environmental DNA, or eDNA, sampling project within the forest. As a first step, USFS staff ...

Gone Fishin’

Upper Peninsula The cold temperatures are making ice; however, anglers still need to use caution. Indian Lake: Had ice and reports of walleye and perch being caught. Manistique Lake: Had reports of crappie, walleye and pike caught on South Manistique. Manistique River: Was producing a ...

Severe winter storms impact area forests

“By the dark of the moon I planted, but there came an early snow.” — Michael Martin Murphey/Larry Cansler The arched green cathedral ceiling of the forest was awash in white, with freshly fallen snow covering everything from the red pines to the blueberry bushes that were buried deep ...

NMU alumnus ‘climbs’ high in creative career

By MOLLY GAUDREAU Student writer Northern Michigan University Special to the Journal MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University alumnus Scott Crady (2019 BA) is taking his degree to new heights ... literally. He spends his days in the mountains of Colorado providing photo and video ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Ice conditions were still poor. While most of the inland lakes were covered with ice, recent snowfall of a couple inches has insulated it, resulting in very poor conditions. Extreme caution needs to be used by those wanting to head out and do some ice fishing. There is no ice ...

Recent winter storm gives writer inspiration

“But never have I been a blue calm sea, I have always been a storm.” — Stevie Nicks With tremendous force, dumping a whole big feather pillow’s worth of snow down over the countryside, winter bared her big white teeth and snarled, scattering people and animals to soft, warm hiding ...

Hare apparent

ISHPEMING — Hare today, gone tomorrow? Not if conservationists and interested citizens have their way. The snowshoe hare, whose brown fur changes to white in the winter for camouflage and gets its name from its large hind feet to adapt to deep snow, was the focus of a Tuesday forum ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Overall: The entire Upper Peninsula is snow covered and some areas near Munising had more than 2 feet on the ground. This will make for very poor ice conditions. The little ice that was on the inland lakes will now become insulated and the warm water underneath will ...

Johnny Appleseed’s forgotten wonderland

“Waving back to folks on shore, I should have thought of this before,” — Diane Hilderbrand and the Monkees The path down through the snow-covered branches of spruces and balsam firs was wildly overgrown since the last time I was here. I could hear the water rushing, tempting and ...

Predators, prey and preservation

MARQUETTE — The snowshoe hare is a critical prey animal in the region, particularly for the bobcat, fisher and pine marten, meaning a decline in the snowshoe hare population can impact the well-being of these predator species. However, there are steps landowners can take to help support ...

In Brief

North Country Trail Assoc. seeks donations MARQUETTE — The North Country Trail Association is launching #GivingTuesday with a $20,000 matching gift. Giving Tuesday is an annual movement to create an international day of charitable giving on the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving, at the ...

Carli-Roell

MARQUETTE — Robert and Margo Carli of Marquette along with David and Julie Roell of Channing announce the engagement of their children, Robyn Carli and Kevin Roell, both of Marquette. The bride-to-be is a 2006 graduate of Marquette Senior High School and a 2010 graduate from Northern ...

Exploring memories and the road of life

“Memory can’t you see, that’s not what I should be; after all she meant to me, I’m just a memory,” — Kostas/Raul Malo I’ve been wondering lately about dynamics, incidence, memory and time — particularly about how the swirling and blending of these ingredients can produce ...

If there’s a wheel, there’s a way

By EMMA KUKUK Michigan DNR ESCANABA — Michigan’s outdoors should be accessible for all people to enjoy. All too often, that isn’t the case. Whether it’s a lack of understanding or inaccessible facilities, outdoor spaces aren’t always welcoming to people with ...

In brief

Your fish missing a fin? MARQUETTE — Have you ever been fishing Michigan waters and pulled in a fish with a missing fin or one with an external tag on it? Several fish species found around the state are marked in some way, and the details on the fish and the tags are important to several ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Overall: On Lake Superior, surface water temperatures were in the low 40’s. Deep snow could be found along the northeastern end of the Upper Peninsula. • Little Bay De Noc: Only two launches have been used because some are closed, and some had ice. Most use the Kipling ...