Michigan Botanical Club
State Spring Meeting
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Hidden Lake Gardens
6214 Monroe Rd, Tipton, MI 49287
Since our 2016 annual weekend Foray will be held in August, the State Board determined that a one-day Spring Meeting should be held in its place, similar to our traditional one-day Fall meeting. The Southeastern Chapter is pleased to invite all MBC members and friends to Hidden Lake Gardens on Saturday April 30. The day will begin with Board meetings for the Michigan Botanical Foundation and the Michigan Botanical Club followed by a program of interest to all and a field trip on the grounds.
Schedule for the day:
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. MBF Board Meeting in the Garden Room
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. MBC Board Meeting in the Garden Room
1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Social/Refreshment break
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Program in the Auditorium by Brad Garmon, MEC
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Field trip on the grounds with Dr. Tony Reznicek, UM Herbarium
Program: Michigan's New Draft Water Strategy: a 30-Year Vision
Brad Garmon, Director of Conservation and Emerging Issues for the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC), recently served on the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes (OGL)'s Water Cabinet, a group of partners and organizations consulting with the state on the development of their new 30-year water strategy: “Sustaining Michigan Water Heritage, A Strategy for the Next Generation." The lengthy document, still in draft form, outlines the key issues, threats and opportunities we should all be aware as we work to ensure Michigan’s water resources support healthy ecosystems, citizens, communities, and economies today and into the future. The strategy was drafted in response to Governor Rick Snyder's 2012 Special Message on Energy and Environment, which called for the development of a comprehensive water strategy that takes an ecosystem approach, enhances our economic opportunities around water and strengthens connection to place. In this presentation, Garmon will describe the state's process in developing the strategy, including its current status, and offer a few of MEC's concerns, insights and highlights of the report.
The Michigan Water Strategy can be found online at: http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3313_3677_64891---,00.html
Brad Garmon has been with MEC since 2001, and in that time has served as a member of the Michigan DEQ's Environmental Advisory Committee, the Office of the Great Lakes' Water