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MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The State Senate approved legislation Tuesday authored by an Upper Michigan lawmaker that bans the Department of Natural Resources from designating “biodiversity stewardship” areas.
State Senate Republican Tom Casperson of Escanaba says current law gives too much authority over both state and private lands when it comes to the designations, and actually hurts certain industries such as lumbering and amounts to “overlording” of private landowners.
Opponents of the bill say efforts to protect biodiversity have been in place for one hundred years and have helped Michigan maintain its reputation of having diversity of both flora and fauna.
The bill now goes to the State House for consideration.
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