Citizen-led measure to help manage Michigan wildlife approved by the Legislature

LANSING, Mich.—Citizen-initiated legislation to ensure that Michigan’s fish and wildlife are managed using sound science and to protect hunting and fishing rights received the final stamp of approval on Wednesday with passage by the state House, announced Sen. Tom Casperson.

The Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act (SFWCA) was initiated by the Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management, a group of statewide hunting, fishing and trapping organizations – with tremendous support from Upper Peninsula sportsmen.

Casperson, R-Escanaba, had the following to say:

“Sportsmen and conservationists of this state should be commended for bringing this initiative to the Legislature to help stop the anti-hunting groups from using their multi-millions to manipulate Michigan residents into opposing sound management of wildlife.

“Approval of the Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act is a victory for the Upper Peninsula and those who worked so hard to see it through to completion. I would like to thank the many volunteers who made this possible, the 300,000 plus individuals who signed a petition in favor of the initiated law and my legislative colleagues for approving it.”

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**PHOTO ADVISORY**

For Immediate Release                                                                                
Aug. 18, 2014         

Contact: Marty Fittante
517-373-7840                                                                           

LANSING, Mich.— Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, (center-right) is flanked by Gov. Rick Snyder and Steve Parks, Delta County prosecutor, (right) whose 11 year effort got the word “Yooper” included in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, which defined the term as “a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan —used as a nickname.”  Emily Brewster, the associate editor of Merriam-Webster, (left) was on hand for the presentation, and got an opportunity afterwards to travel to see some of the iconic treasurers that make the Upper Peninsula someplace truly special.

Editor’s note: For a print-quality version of this and other Casperson photos, click the image or visit SenatorTomCasperson.com and click the Photowire link.

Citizen-led measure to help manage Michigan wildlife passes Senate

For Immediate Release 
Aug. 13, 2014
    
Contact: Marty Fittante
517-373-7840      

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Tom Casperson announced that citizen-initiated legislation that ensures that Michigan’s fish and wildlife are managed using sound science passed the Senate Wednesday.

The Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act (SFWCA) was initiated by the Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management, a group of statewide hunting, fishing, and trapping organizations, with tremendous support from Upper Peninsula sportsmen. The groups joined together and gathered more than 374,000 signatures in support of the initiative to ensure that sound management is achieved while protecting hunting and fishing rights from attacks by anti-hunting organizations.

“Management of wildlife is an issue that constituents routinely raise as one of great concern for economic, recreational and social reasons,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba. “In 1996, the voters wisely decided that they wanted the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to regulate the taking of game based on science. And, from what I continue to hear, especially lately, the belief that we need to manage game scientifically is even more strongly held today.” 

The Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act aims to maintain and build upon that objective while ensuring that management by hunting and fishing is preserved for the future. The act would also allow for free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for active members of the military and provide appropriations for aquatic invasive species prevention, control and eradication efforts such as for the Asian Carp.

“The Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance (UPSA) with its 26,000 members strongly supports efforts of the Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management to advance the SFWCA,” said Tony Demboski, UPSA President. “We believe that professional biologists should be relied on to advise the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and NRC members and that our active duty military members be allowed to hunt and fish free of charge.  The UPSA is grateful to the many volunteers and the people in the UP who joined together and made the petition drive a success. It is indicative of the knowledge and respect they have for resource management.”
“Through their tremendous grass roots efforts, the sportsmen of this state should be commended for bringing this initiative to the Legislature to help stop the anti-hunting groups from using their multi-millions gained through deceitful television ads to mislead Michigan residents into approving their anti-hunting agendas,” said Casperson. 

Passage of this measure by the Senate now means the citizen-led initiative only needs approval from the House of Representatives for the initiative to become law. Such action is anticipated by the end of the month.

*** Media Advisory ***

For Immediate Release:
August 11, 2014

Contact: Marty Fittante
517-373-7840

Who:
Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba;
Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan;
Rep. John Kivela, D-Marquette;
Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet;
Gov. Rick Snyder;
Steve Parks, Delta County prosecutor;
Special guest Emily Brewster, associate editor of Merriam-Webster Dictionary;
Local elected officials; and
The general public.

What:
A celebration to commemorate Merriam Webster’s recent announcement to include “Yooper” as a word in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

When/Where:
Thursday, Aug. 14
11:30 a.m. EST
Barn Yard Review and Variety Stage near Building Ten, which is in the Marquette Zone of the state fair, next to Jilbert’s Milk House. 
2401 12th Avenue North, Escanaba

Brief:
Sen. Casperson; fellow U.P. legislators Reps. Dianda, Kivela, and McBroom; Gov. Snyder and Parks, Delta County prosecutor, will be on hand at the Upper Peninsula State Fair to honor the inclusion of the term “Yooper” in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Parks’ efforts resulted in the term being added to the publication.

The history of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is marked by perseverance and pride. There will be a celebration to commemorate the inclusion of the word “Yooper” in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, and ensure that those who reference this iconic publication, with its 150 years of accumulated knowledge and experience, correctly know that natives and residents of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are proudly known as “Yoopers.”

Merriam-Webster is an American company that publishes reference books, especially dictionaries that are descendants of Noah Webster’s An American Dictionary of the English Language (1828). Their dictionaries are generally considered the foremost guide to the English Language.

For more information or to contact Casperson, please visit www.senatortomcasperson.com or call toll-free at 1-866-305-2038.

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