UPEC is Celebrating our 41st Anniversary in 2017 !

Join us for Earth Day 2017 !!

What better thing to do on EARTH DAY

Than take a…

“Walk in the Wilderness!”


Celebrate Earth Day, April 22nd

  with UPEC on the trails of the Sylvania Wilderness 

 Meet at 10:00 CST, at the Sylvania Entrance Station, 3.5 miles west of Watersmeet on US2, then left at Thousand Island Lake Rd., and 4 miles to the entrance Rd. on the left. 

 Hikes will be 4-5 miles, or shorter if you choose, on designated trails in groups with a leader. Hikes will take 2-3 hours.

 After hiking, refreshments at the Watersmeet Town Hall and time for “Show & Tell”, without the “show” (unless photos!)

 Pre-register by calling 906-201-1949;

   or email upec@upenvironment.org 

 “The clearest way to the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir

Click here for poster: UPEC Walk on Earth Day 2017


Thank you to all who helped organize, participated in, and attended the 2017 UPEC Celebrate the UP! in Marquette March 21-27.


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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For up to the day U.P. environmental issues, check out UPEC’s Facebook page here, or click on Hot Issues!

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!