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MAZINAIGANPAGE10SPRING2015WALKINGONENVIRONMENTALDr.JimMeekermanoominexpertandfriendwalksonBySueEricksonStaffWriterWithaneyetofuturecareerstheLacCourteOreillesMiddleSchooltrekkednorthandspentthedaywithacross-sectionofGLIFWCstaffJanuary28.StudentsexperiencedtheCommissionsuniquemarriageofscienceandcultureintheofceandaeldlearninghowtotrackwaabizheshiwagmartensagingLakeSuperiorshandpreviewingOjibwemowinoutreachprograms.Conservationofcerswerealsoonhandandsharedstoriesoftheiradventurespatrollinginthecededterritory.NickMcCannwildlifebiologistpicturedleftandWildlifeTechnicianAdamOjaledstudenttrackingteamsacrossNorthernGreatLakesVisitorCentergroundsinsearchofradiocollarsusedtomonitorfurbearers.CORSadlyDr.JimMeekerGurneyWisconsinwalkedonlastDecemberhoweverhislegacyandpassionforplantsliveson.ThatlegacyincludescomprehensiveresearchonmanoomininBadRiversKakagonSloughscoordinatingthecom-pilationofGLIFWCspopularbookPlantsUsedbytheGreatLakesOjibwaseveralyearsasacolumnistfortheMazinaiganandtwentyyearsasaprofessorandstudentmentoratNorthlandCollegeAshlandWisconsin.JimheldanumberofdegreesincludingaMastersdegreeinSpecialEdu-cationatNorthernIllinoisUniversityandaMastersdegreeinEnvironmentalScienceattheUniversityofWisconsin-GreenBay.WithadevelopingpassionforbotanyJimpursuedhisdoctorateattheUniversityofWisconsin-MadisonwithhisdissertationontheKakagonSloughswildriceinvolvingextensivestudiesoftheplantandhabitat.JonathanGilbertGLIFWCsWildlifeSectionleaderrecallsJimcomingaboardandservingasGLIFWCsfirstbotanistin1992-1993.HewasamanwhothoroughlyappreciatedournativeplantsandwasdedicatedtotheirpreservationGilbertcomments.JimessentiallydevelopedtheWildlifeSectionsbotanyprogramandcontinuedtoincludeatribalperspectiveinhisworkafterheleftGLIFWC.RetaininghisstrongconnectiontoGLIFWCandthetribeshewasalsoinstrumentalinpreparingNorthlandstudentstoserveasGLIFWCinterns.GilbertrecallsJimsparticularconcernaboutthemanagementofdeerden-sityinamannerthatalsopreservesplants.ThiswasalsoafrequenttopicinhisJimMeekertakesacloselookatKakagonmanoomin.JohnDenomieleftandMarciaDiverbothofBadRiverassistMeekerintheKakagonSloughswherehestudiedmanoominforhisdoctoraldissertation.staffphotoschemestoprotectmaiinganand5thefailureofUSFWStojustifythepolicyofMinnesotatoallowvirtuallyunregulatedkillingofwolvesinhalfofthestate.Thedefendantshave60daysfromDecember192014tofileanappealtotheD.C.CircuitCourtappellatecourt.PossibleCongressionalInterventionItisalsopossiblethatCongresswillintervenetodelistmaiinganintheWesternGreatLakesRegionandWyoming.In2011afterwolvesinIdahoMontanaandpartsofWashingtonOr-egonandUtahweresimilarlyrelistedafteralegalchallengetoadelistedactionbytheUSFWSCongressintervened.Congressinsertedariderintoabudgetbillthatdelistedwolvesinthatareaandincludedaprovisionindicatingthattheactionwasnotsubjecttojudicialreview.Itwasthefirsttimeinthe38yearstheESAhadbeeninexistencethataspecieswasdelistedbylegislation.SeveralmembersofCongressarealreadycirculatingadraftofsimilarlegislationthatwoulddelistmaiinganintheWesternGreatLakesregionandthestateofWyoming.InSeptemberWyomingwolveswerealsoplacedbackontheESAlistfollowingasuccessfullegalchallengetotheirdelisting.TheeffortisbeingledbyU.S.Rep.ReidRibbleR-WIwhosedistrictisinnorth-eastWisconsin.Co-sponsorsincludeU.S.Reps.CollinPetersonD-MNDanBenishekR-MIandCynthiaLummisR-WY.HumaneSocietyoftheUnitedStatesv.JewelldecidedbytheUnitedStatesDistrictCourtfortheDistrictofColumbiafulldecisionavailableathttpwww.endangeredspecieslawa-ndpolicy.comfiles201412Humane-Soc_y-of-the-United-States-v.-Jewell_-2014-U.S.-Dist.-LEXIS-17524....pdfContinuedfrompage1SomeseeklegislationtodelistmaiinganMiningalternativessummitheldatRedCliffRedCliffReservationWis.TheChippewaFederationMiningCommitteeheldathree-dayconferenceatRedClifftobringWisconsintribestogetherwithlocalmunicipalitiesandthepublictotalkaboutsustainablealternativestominingintheregion.Thesummitbeganwithpresentationsbytribalorganizationsandenvironmentalgroupswhoofferedanoverviewofenvironmentalimpactscausedbymining.GLIFWCgaveanoverviewoftheminingactivitiesoccurringthroughoutthecededterritoriesandthepotentialimpactsminingwouldhaveintheLakeSuperiorregion.Alsodiscussedwerealternativestodevelopthenaturalresourcesofthecededterritoriesinamoreeconomicallysustainablefashionsuchascreatingamaplesugaringco-opmetalrecyclingandfoodandenergysovereignty.Paneldiscussionswerealsoanintegralpartofthesummit.Anelderspanelwithnativeandnon-nativelocalsofferedadviceandsuggestionsonwaystohelpthinkabouthowtodaysdecisionsimpactthefutureandtoconsiderhowthenextsevengenerationswillbeaffected.Tribalrepresentativessatwithlocalleaderstofacilitateadiscussionwiththepubliconthenumerousminingalternatives.Attendeeswereabletoaskleadersabouttheirideasonhowbesttohelptheircommunitiesandofferinputonwhichalternativestheyshouldconsiderimplementing.ThesummitwasrecordedandavailabletoviewonlineatNewsfromIndianCountrysTVarchive.MazinaigancolumnsparticularlypreservationoftheCanadayewontheApostleIslandswhereyewhavebeenthreatenedbydeerbrowse.Jimoversawthec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