Pure slacking — Michigan falters on conservation

Environmental author Jeff Alexander has an interesting article about the state funding for conservation efforts in Michigan.

Here’s a brief excerpt. You can read the full article at Bridge Magazine.

While the visually stunning Pure Michigan advertising campaign has bolstered the state’s battered image and attracted millions of tourists, who have pumped billons of dollars into an ailing economy, state lawmakers have gutted programs designed to protect the natural resources that the advertising campaign promotes.

The divergent trends has some conservation leaders worried that the state is jeopardizing the ecological health of lakes, beaches and natural areas that are pillars of the Pure Michigan campaign — and of Michigan.

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