Please put our next Celebrate the UP! on your calendar!

Saturday, August 18, 2018 in Sault Ste Marie! We will also have a meet n greet that Friday and outdoor activities on that Sunday.

Click here for details!

Celebrate the UP! poster Aug2018 in SSM


One of our UPEC board members was selected to receive the MEC’s prestigious Petosky Prize for Environmental Leadership in 2018! Congratulations Nancy Warren!


Another of our UPEC/MAG board members was selected to receive one of the Michigan Freshwater Future’s 2018 Grassroots Advocate Awards. Congratulations Kathleen Heideman! 


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If you would like to be alerted via email on important environmental issues, sign up for our E-Newsletter!

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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.


UPEC Annual Education Grants and Community Conservation Grant Program:



UPEC Grants Summary

Click here for printable info sheet



Annual Call for:

UPEC’s Photo Contest





UPEC reminds you of their 3rd annual photo contest! Send us your best shots representing the beautiful UP, including photos on file from the other seasons. Contest deadline is November 16, 2018, with winners announced in each category in the next UPEC newsletter, and honored at the next Celebrate the UP event, March xx, in Marquette.
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.”


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:, visit our Facebook page, or contact:
Phone 906-201-1949.

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