Michigan's Great Outdoors
- Volunteers team with Adopt-a-Forest program to clean up Grand Traverse County Although illegal dumping is a problem occurring on public land in many parts of Michigan, Grand Traverse County, until recently, was home to more illegal dump sites than any other county in the state, with 45 known sites on public land in the county. Now, thanks to the combined efforts of volunteers and the Adopt-a-Forest program, 25 of these sites were cleaned up over the past six months and additional work is planned to address the remaining 20 before the snow flies.
- Over the river and through the woods: ORV club gets senior citizens on the trail Nearly 100 senior citizens took part in the seventh annual Senior Fall Color Tour, traveling a 19-mile route from Greenland to Twin Lakes State Park in Ontonagon County. Participants traveled in ORVs over a forest trail that crossed state, federal and private land. The ride coincided with this year's Michigan Trails Week, a celebration of the 12,000-plus miles of hiking, biking, equine and motorized trails in Michigan.
- Bays de Noc smallmouth bass fishery shines on the national stage Mention Lake Michigan's Bays de Noc to most anglers and they'll immediately start talking about fishing for walleye. But in the wake of September's high-profile Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship - which brought 50 of America's top anglers to Escanaba to ply the waters of Big and Little Bays de Noc - what was once seemingly relegated to "also-ran" status is now national news: the Bays are loaded with trophy bass, too.