UPEC Newsletter keeps you up to date on our current issues!

See the current UPEC newsletter and archive here.

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

UPEC Annual
Education Grants &
Community Conservation Grant Program:
 deadline 2nd Friday each January


UPEC Grants Summary

More UPEC Grant info and applications


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.

2018 Year in Review for issues UPEC was involved with (Mar 2019)

Read about a 2018 year end donation to UPEC!



UPEC Photo Contest:

Photos due the 1st of November each year.

The contest deadline was 1st of November, 2019.  
Help us recognize and share the beauty of our landscape and its inhabitants through your photos.  Send us your best shots representing the beautiful UP!
See contest rules here. Winners will be announced in each category in the winter 2019–2020 UPEC newsletter, and winning photos will be published there and in later newsletters. They also may be part of an on-line photo gallery and on display at the next Celebrate the UP!, scheduled for March 2020 in Houghton.
The winners of the 2018 contest are here.
The winning photos in UPEC’s first annual photo contest can be seen here


2018 First Prize Winner, “Hidden or Overlooked Beauty”: Deb Laurie



UPEC Video Contest!
Videos due the 1st of November each year.

Win up to $100. Shoot a video 3 minutes or less highlighting the UP environment. Upload to YouTube and send a link with your name to upec@upenvironment.org by 3/14/19. Include your age if you are under 18, indicate “Adult category” if over 18 yo. Top picks in youth and adult categories will show at Celebrate the UP! 3/29-30 in Marquette. 

What kind of video will you create? Consider what makes the UP environment special to you. Take us on a tour of your most loved location. Show us highlights from your favorite outdoor sport. If you have a talent for music or poetry, show us how our natural environment can enhance artistic expression. If you’re a storyteller, write a short play that takes place in the woods. If you’re a comedian, find the perfect natural stage for your best work.

You don’t need to have a professional camera or previous experience to participate. Access to a smartphone camera and a little creativity is plenty to participate. If you can capture even one minute that could make an impact on people and show them the UP in a new light, you could win! Imagine a family watching your video and setting off on a new adventure together because of what they see. If you’re in the UP, you’re already in one of the best places in the world to make a video. Try it today and share it with us!




Of Note:

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



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.


“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.”

Milky Way over Copper Harbor by Scott Pearson, 1st photo contest winner                                                               2015: 

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