UPEC’s 2017
Celebrate the UP!


Please mark your calendars for March 21-25, 2017 for Celebrate the UP! in Marquette

All events are free and open to the public.

Celebrate the UP! begins on Tuesday evening, March 21st with Dancing for the Earth, an outdoor performance by Carrie Biolo and Maria Formolo to honor the vernal equinox. An evening poetry reading, Putting Wetlands into Words, takes place on Wednesday March 22nd. Following UPEC’s annual membership meeting at Peter White Public Library, Sing the Wild UP! songwriting competition winners will perform on Friday night, March 24th at the Ore Dock Brewing Company.

Saturday March 25th features a full day of presentations, beginning with the 9 am keynote address by writer/naturalist John Bates on “Spirit of Place, and Learning to Be at Home.” Talks by Mary Burns, Dennis Pace and Troy Henderson, Kathleen Heideman and Julie Mowen, Tim Hunt, Bob Archibald, Dana Richter, Keith Glendon and Ella Skrocki, Bill Ziegler, Jim Compton, and Russell Magnaghi will follow, including children’s activities from 1:30 – 3:30 pm! The day ends with a panel discussion on “Making Conservation Work in Communities: Recent Success Stories” and a public reception.

Click here for complete details on Celebrate the UP!



UPEC Board Member Vote by March 24th:

Please see the attached bios of the slate of UPEC nominees for the UPEC board and vote via mail before the March 24th Annual General Membership meeting in Marquette preceding UPEC’s Celebrate the UP! 

Sing the Wild U.P.:  a songwriting contest sponsored by UPEC and the Mining Action Group!


Entries due in by March 1st.  Winners will perform their songs at the UPEC Celebration kick-off at the Ore Dock Brewing Company on March 24th from 6 – 8pm. The first place songwriter will receive a recording package with Da Yoopers Studio; second place will receive $150; third place will receive a $50 gift card to Jim’s Music and $50 cash and the honorable mention will receive a musician’s gift basket containing all the goodies a budding musician needs!

Click here for more details about the songwriting contest!!



UPEC is Celebrating our 41st Anniversary in 2017!

Annual Call for Photo Contest

UPEC reminds you of their 2nd annual photo contest! Send us your best shots representing the beautiful UP, including photos on file from the other seasons. Contest deadline is November 15, 2017, with winners announced in each category in the winter UPEC newsletter.
See photo contest rules here.



Annual Call for Education Grants

UPEC reminds educators that a grant opportunity exists for teachers and youth workers who provide quality environmental education programs to regional children from preschool to high school. The UPEC Environmental Education Fund offers grants of up to $500 for the 2017 calendar year, with applications due January 4, 2017.

For more information, go here

Teachers, 4-H and scout leaders, museum staff members, youth service workers, or anyone wishing to start or maintain an environmental project involving preschool through high school age children are eligible for funding which may be used for all program expenses except salaries. As the UP’s oldest grassroots environmental organization, UPEC is equally willing to fund outstanding projects inside and outside of formal school settings. Opportunities continue this year for projects that blend environmental awareness with the arts, thanks to the Bonnie Miljour Memorial Fund established by Chester Sermak. Funding for successful proposals will be announced in early February. 



Save the Wild U.P. officially merged with UPEC on December 31, 2016


Success! As many of you know, Save the Wild U.P. (SWUP) has joined with the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) to create within UPEC the Mining Action Group (MAG). MAG is a 100% volunteer, grassroots effort defending the clean water and wild places of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula from the dangers of sulfide mining. MAG is a new semi-autonomous arm of UPEC; the leadership team includes Alexandra Maxwell, Kathleen Heideman, Jon Saari, and Steve Garske. For more info on the merger, click here


Founded in 1976, UPEC’s purpose has remained unchanged: to protect and maintain the unique environmental qualities of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by educating the public and acting as a watchdog to industry and government. UPEC is a charter member of the Michigan Environmental Council, a statewide network of groups. UPEC is a non profit, registered 501(c)(3) organization. In 2016, Save the WIld UP, SWUP, joined forces with UPEC, for info about the resulting UPEC Mining Action Group, click here. For more information visit our website: www.upenvironment.org, visit our Facebook page, or contact: upec@upenvironment.org. Phone 906-201-1949.


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Click here to see photos of our UPEC Celebrate the UP!

The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) is the only grassroots group that focuses solely on environmental issues across all of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

teardropUPEC is made up of several hundred interested individual members as well as organizational members. We are a nonprofit, registered 501(c)(3) organization.

In our decades of citizen activism, we have organized dozens of educational forums on everything from recycling to National Forest management plans to severed mineral rights and conservation easements.

There are lots of ways to get involved! Contact us if you have any questions.

The winning photos in UPEC’s first annual photo contest can be seen here. Overall winner of the last UPEC photo contest was

Milky Way over Copper Harbor by Scott Pearson: 

                                                      UPEC’s MISSION: 

“As the longest serving environmental organization in Michigan’s U.P., the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) strives to preserve the unique cultural and natural resources of the Upper Peninsula through public education, the promotion of sound land stewardship, and reasoned dialogue with communities, governments, industries and others with whom we share this land.”

UPEC thanks our members for providing these pictures from across the UP!