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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 The Montmorency County Tribune 5 Governor signs bill to streamline hunting, fishing options and boost investment in natural resources LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed leg- islation that authorizes important changes to Michigan's hunting and fishing license structure, simplifying the license op- tions for outdoor enthusi- asts, reducing the number of license types by more than 80 percent, and pro- viding vital additional rev- enue for wildlife and fish- eries habitat, conserva- tion, outreach work and law enforcement. Under the new structure, which takes effect March 1, 2014, anglers will no longer need to choose be- tween Restricted and All- Species licenses, and hunters will now purchase a new "base" license. "Effectively managing Michigan's world-class natural resources and pro- viding a variety of easily accessible outdoor recre- ation opportunities arekey to the quality of life for resi- dents and visitors to our state," Snyder said. "This legislation makes it easier for hunters and anglers to get the licenses they need, and helps ensure that cur- rent and future genera- tions will have the oppor- ttmityto explore and enjoy Pure Michigan outdoor recreation." House Bill 4668, spon- sored by state Rep. Ion Bumstead, is now Public Act 108 of 2013. Highlights of the new law include: A reduction in the num- ber of hunting and fishing licenses from more than 200 to just 42; and An anticipated $18.1 million in additional rev- enue in the first full year of implementation. The De- partment of Natural Re- sources will use these funds to improve fish and wildlife habitat, hire more conservation officers, and provide better outreach and education to hunters and anglers. "The Snyder administra- tion listened to the con- ceres of Michigan sports- men and women, result- ing in a license package fo- cused on our priorities and firmly entrenched in ac- countability and transpar- ency," said Erin McDonough, executive di- rector of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs. "Hunters, anglers and trappers are the back- bone of natural resource management in Michigan. We are proud to support those resources for everybody's benefit." DNR Director Keith Creagh said the new li- cense structure will help keep Michigan's costs competitive with other Great Lakes states. "This improvement to Michigan's hunting and fishing licenses is great news for our customers and for the natural re- sources we work hard to protect and promote," said Creagh. "Moving from more than 200 licenses to just over 40 will create a purchase experience that is simpler and much more efficient for residents and visitors. "Michigan is known for its world-class natural re- sources. With this revenue and working with our part- ners, we'li be able to main- tain and improve those re- sources for current and fu- ture generations." Under the new structure, hunters, both residents and nonresidents, will .purchase a new "base" li- cense. The license will al- low hunters to hunt small game and purchase addi- tional hunting licenses for other species. Funds gen- erated will be used to im- prove habitat, create hunt- ing opportunities, con- duct more outreach with hunters, and bolster law enforcement. More information on how the additional rev- enue will be invested can be found on the DNR website (see What You Get: More Bang for your Buck). A list of new hunting li- censes, effective March 1, 2014, can also be found on the website. Anglers will no longer need to choose between Restricted and All-Species fishing licenses. All li- censes, beginning March 1, 2014, will be All-Species licenses. Revenue gener- ated will be used to im- prove habitat, increase lake surveys and conduct more outreach with an- glers. Learn more about how the additional rev- enue will be invested on. theDNRwebsite (seeWhat You Get: Casting for the Future). The new fishing licenses, effective March 1, 2014, can be found on the DNR website. A similar license restruc- turing bill, which governs the restructuring of off- road vehicle permits, was signed in July. That legisla- tion - HB 4669 - became PA 75 of 2013. These license and pricing options take effect March 1, 2014. Costs and options for the fall and winter 2013 seasons remain un- changed. To learn more about the upcoming changes, visit www.michigan.gov/dnr. Can't find anything to write on? Get some scratch pads at the Tribune. $1 plus tax will get you three! Call toll-free: 1-800-25941S0 Are You Still Paying Too Much For Your Medications! 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Proceeds from the luncheon allow the club to pro- vide scholarships, assist in local beautifi- cation projects, support school programs and perform other community services. The club will hold a perennial exchange on Saturday, Sept. 28th at the Lewiston Farmer's Market. On May 19th the club will host a free conservation program, open to the public. Speaker and author, David Schleicher, will share information about organic gardening in Northern Michigan. If you are interested in becom- ing a member or would like more infor- marion about the Lewiston Garden Club, please friend us on faceboolc New Toys for coordinator for Montmorency Counly Rick Vinton (pictured at right), of Grayling, has been named the new Toys for Tots coordinator for Montmorency County. As coordinator, Mr. Vinton is in charge of setting up lo- cal Toys for Tots events, setting up drop-box dona- tion areas and acquiring local sponsors. The official kick-off for the 2013 Toys for Tots Campaign in Mont- morency County will be in Atlanta on November 4 from 1-3 p.m. in conjunc- tion with Project Connect, which will be held at the Atlanta Elementary School gymnasium. Mr. Vinton will be repre- senting Toys for Tots at the Elk Festival parade in At- lanta on September 27, On October 4 a special event is planned at the At- lanta Homecoming foot- ball game. Bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots, and you will receive a cou- pon for a free hot dog from the concession stand. The Toys for Tots pro- gram is a 501c(3) not-for- profit charity that is run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, which dis- tributes toys to needy chil- dren. It was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks. The easily identifiable red toy train Toys for Tots logo was de- signed by Walt Disney Stu- dios. During the programs time of existence, it has collected and distributed hundreds of millions of toys. TOYS FOR TOTS coordina- tor, Rick Vinton. becoming a sponsor, or would like to make a dona- tion, you can contact Rick at989-889-0521, orvisitthe Toys for Tots website at www.toysfortots.org. Click "on "Donate A Toy," then choose your state from the drop-down box, then choose Montmoreney 2013. If you are interested in County.  Reliable info. ....  ,.'7,' TM "Michigan Man" Music & Humor Northern Michigan Music Legend "Sneaky Peat" Saturday Oct. 5 8:30 pm Mike Ridley Saturday Sept. 28 8:30 pm Lebster- King Crab Legs- Salmen Scalleps KARAOKE - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 9 P.M. Free delivery. To get your free Consumer Information Catalog filled with federal booklets on aH sorts of family and financiaJ matters, just visit pueblo.gsa.9ov, call 1 (888) 8 PUEBLO, or write: Trusted Source, Pueblo, CO 81009. Pueblo, CO. Your trusted source. 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