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UPEC posts daily to our Facebook page, so please go to UPEC Facebook page to see issues that concern the Upper Peninsula and the Great Lakes area!

A snapshot of today’s facebook page can seen to the right here: Be sure to use the slide bar on the right of that box to see several more articles. If you click on any of those articles, it will bring you right to the source of that article.

So please, to keep up with U.P. environmental issues, be sure to visit and “like” the UPEC Facebook page

If you know of an issue you think we should also be aware of and haven’t seen us post anything about it, please contact us and let us know.

UPEC has developed a number of position papers,

here is a link to some of those papers (all PDFs):

2018 Year in Review for UPEC issues (Mar 2019)

UPEC comment to DEQ Dir on Back 40 mine (Jan 2019)

UPEC comment on Proposed Tunnel under the Mackinac bridge (Dec 2018)

Sign on to Wildlife Corridor Legislation Dec 2018

UPEC position page on Summit Wind Towers

UPEC board member, Nancy Warren, wins MEC’s Petosky Prize in 2018 for Environmental Leadership! (May 2018)

UPEC position page on Mi Senate Bills 652-654

Comment Letter on proposal to add mining as a covered sector under FAST-41  (March 2018)

Comment Letter on Osisko and Aquila-Resources’-Back-Forty-mining (February 2018)

Line 5 Alternatives Analysis

Net-Pen Aquaculture in Michigan

Sylvania Wilderness bicycle trail
     note, even the Bicycle community says 
                No bike trails in designated Wilderness!

UPEC Grants Summary

Water diversion from the Great Lakes, Waukesha

Great Lake Fisheries Research Authorization Act -March 2016 

Net Pen Aquaculture Nov 2015


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.


Events of 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.




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