2017 Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame Announced

The 2017 Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame announced that May 10 will be the date for the induction ceremony.  .     The location of the induction ceremony will be the Loosemore Auditorium on the Pew Campus of Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids. This will be the sixth year for the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame. The ceremony will begin at 6 with refreshment and 7 for the induction ceremony.   Inductees for this year are:  Non-Profit Organization   Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice  Youth Award   Anita Steward and her kids at Freeman Elementary for their work in the    Flint water crisis.  Legacy Circle   Marcus Schaaf was Michigan’s longest  serving state forester, March 10,    1910 until March 1, 1949. Under his leadership, the State’s forest system    grew from 35,000 acres to more than3.6 million acres.  Individuals   Pete Petoskey has devoted both his personal and professional life to  conservation, through his tenure as Wildlife Chief in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources that earned him a place in Michigan’s conservation history. Jack Bails served 28 years with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, eight years a Deputy Director and prior to that, as Chief of the Environmental Enforcement Division and Chief of the Office of Program Review. Tanya Cabala has worked tirelessly to clean up White Lake and West Michigan waters. Because of her efforts, White Lake was delisted as an Area of Concern last year. This involved cleaning up the lake from the discharges from chemical plants and leather manufacturing

This will be the sixth year of the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame which is sponsored by the Muskegon Research and Education Society (MERES). MERES is celebrating 20 years of operating the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve, a place where 1,100 students participated in its education program last year.