Lexi Krupp

Science and Conservation Reporter

Lexi came to IPR after working as a freelance journalist and with the Science Vs team at Gimlet Media, where she helped distinguished what's fact from what's not.

She holds a master’s degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Dartmouth College. In between, she worked as a teacher in northern Wisconsin and the coast of Maine. And once, she spent a summer tracking mountain goats for the U.S. Forest Service.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

At times, Keli MacIntosh had to take a deep breath before getting her words out. During an emotional testimony Tuesday, she explained why she decided to sue Commissioner Ron Clous and Grand Traverse County. 

Facebook Ad Library

 

Anyone scrolling Facebook in Michigan over the past week may have noticed ads attacking a new energy bill in the statehouse. 

The U.S. Army

Fire crews with the state’s Department of Natural Resources responded to over 50 fires in recent days, including assisting at a 600-acre blaze near the Manistee National Forest on Monday.

It’s been a strange beginning to fire season.

NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

 

John Janssen remembers the moment he realized Lake Michigan was about to change.

Phil Myers

Early in his career, Phil Myers was teaching an ecology course at a research station just south of the Mackinac Bridge, near Pellston.

 

Before the semester started, he set up mouse traps to see what animals were around for his students to work with. When he checked the traps though, he had a problem. 

 

“What I was catching was not what was supposed to be there,” Myers recalls.

Angela Kujawa

 

Bob Sanders and Angela Kujawa have driven on snowmobile trails near the Manistee National Forest every week this winter following a steady beeping sound. 

Yankech gary on Flickr

There was a plan to release hundreds of pine martens — a slender, furry predator native to the Upper Midwest — in Michigan's lower peninsula over several years.

That never happened.

Environmental Defence Canada

 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s notice to shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac by May won’t prompt some of the changes many environmental groups hoped for. 

Fishtown Preservation Society

 

The few full-timers left working as commercial fishers in Michigan received good news this month amid a tumultuous year for the industry.

Peter Payette

A years-long effort to build an experimental fish ladder on the Boardman River in Traverse City is in jeopardy. That’s all because of a man who decided to sue the city to protect a place he loves. 

Lexi Krupp / IPR News

 

Construction on the nearly $20 million FishPass project in Traverse City is on hold until May, at the earliest. 

Kris Krüg on Flickr

The plan to dig a nearly four-mile tunnel underneath the Straits of Mackinac and replace the Line 5 oil and gas pipelines continues to move forward. 

John Levanen / Flickr

In a scathing letter, several Michigan legislators urged the state Department of Natural Resources to renew all commercial fishing licenses and permits from 2020.

That’s after the DNR announced new restrictions that close the fishery for part of the year and limit the depth where fishers can catch whitefish to 80 feet. 

Max Johnston / IPR News

 

Grand Traverse Bay and inland lakes across Michigan, like Lake Leelanau and Torch Lake, will be ice-free by the end of the century if carbon emissions continue at current levels. 

 

  

Ryan Hagerty/USFWS

 

At a lock and dam site in the suburbs of Chicago, there’s a plan to build a set of booby traps to keep invasive carp from reaching the Great Lakes. 

 

It would involve a barrier of bubbles, an electric field, underwater speakers, and a price tag of over $800 million dollars. 

 

  

Copyright 2021 Interlochen Public Radio. To see more, visit Interlochen Public Radio.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

Robert Ruleau III

 

A dispute between Michigan's Department of Natural Resources and the commercial fishing industry is heading to court. 

 

The state announced it will prohibit fishing in water deeper than 80 feet and other restrictions commercial fishers say will mean the end of their livelihoods. 

Peter Payette

The few commercial fishers that remain in Michigan are suing the state’s Department of Natural Resources over changes to industry rules. 

Ryan Hagerty, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 

In a dim, out-of-the-way corner of the state fish hatchery in Marquette are a few thousand skinny, grey fish, each no more than nine inches long.

 

“They are skittish,” says Jim Aho, who runs the facility for the Department of Natural Resources. “Movement above them definitely puts stress on them, so they’re in a dark, quiet few tanks here.” 

 

 


Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Arctic grayling were wiped out of Michigan nearly a century ago. Since then, researchers have been trying to restore the iconic fish to the state, without success. 

 

 

Now, more than 50 collaborators across the state think they have a shot. 

 

Read the full feature here.

 

Jessyca Stoepker

 

When winter hits northern Michigan, there’s usually a bump in the number of people who don’t know where their next meal will come from. But this year, the pandemic has made food insecurity in the region much worse. 

Gary Langley

When Jordan Roberts first visited an old gravel mine outside of Grayling, in the middle of northern Michigan, he was struck by the landscape.

“If I were a teenager I would just have so much fun on this gravel pit,” he said. “It's this massive sand dune.”

The former mine, now managed by Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources, has been vacant for years. Most recently state police used the area, known as 7 Mile Pit, as a shooting range.

Google Maps

There’s a lot of interest in solar energy in Michigan as the technology becomes cheaper and more efficient, and utility companies set ambitious renewable energy goals. But building up the state's solar capacity will require miles and miles of land. And that could be a problem, because many people don't want solar farms in their communities. 

Flickr user jimflix!

The state is poised to award over $40 million to fund public land projects this year. The money will go towards big-ticket properties like thousands of acres next to the Pigeon River Country State Forest, land along the St.

Adam Buzzo on Flickr

For public land advocates in Michigan, Christmas comes the first week of December each year.

That’s when the Michigan Natural Resources Trust fund board decides how to spend the earnings of its massive endowment.

Pages