UPEC is Celebrating
our 41st Anniversary in 2017 !





 Annual Call for:

UPEC’s 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 2018 calendar year, with applications due January 17, 2018.

For more information, go to UPEC Grant Programs

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 February. 


Annual Call for:

UPEC’s Community Conservation Grants

This Grant fund is designed to enable communities in the U.P. to step up a level in their promotion of conservation values in their watershed or locality.  

In the past, the landscape of the U.P. was often hostage to the short-sighted actions of human owners, whether large corporations or small non-industrial landowners, and to the relentless play of market forces.  The opposite trend, embodied in the environmental laws of state and federal governments as well as in the private conservancy movement, works to protect natural areas for public benefit and to safeguard significant populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the ecosystems which support them. These latter values are the conservation values which this Fund is intended to enhance at the level of community action.
For more information, go to UPEC Grant Programs

The application deadline for grants is January 17, 2018.



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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.

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.


Annual Call for:

UPEC’s 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 next UPEC newsletter or at the next Celebrate the UP event.
See photo contest rules here.

The winning photos in UPEC’s first annual photo contest can be seen here. Overall winner of that 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!
U.P. Winter