When a Factory Farm Comes to Town: Protecting Your Township from Unwanted Development: 2006 Edition of MN Township Zoning Guide Now Available The 52-page guide, When a Factory Farm Comes to Town: Protecting Your Township From Unwanted Development, was developed using input from some of Minnesota’s foremost experts on township zoning. It focuses on how township supervisors and residents can use an interim ordinance to promote responsible development. An interim ordinance allows a township to apply a temporary ban or moratorium on major development while the citizens consider creating or amending zoning ordinances and a comprehensive plan. The manual includes examples of interim ordinances enacted by Minnesota townships in recent years, as well as a list of resources. The 2006 edition of the manual reflects changes that have been made to state laws over the past several years. These changes have not weakened township powers but do affect the process of adopting an interim ordinance. When a Factory Farm Comes to Town is available at no charge on the Land Stewardship Project website at www.landstewardshipproject.org/PDF/township_manual06.pdf. Copies can also be purchased for $8.00 (that price includes the 6.5 percent Minnesota state sales tax) by calling the Land Stewardship Project at 612-722-6377.
Economic Value of Great Lakes Coastal Marshes Proves Protection is Worthwhile A report released in July 2006 found the value of Saginaw Bay coastal marshes is worth $239 million dollars, which breaks down to $3,596 per acre. The report, Economic Values of Saginaw Bay Coastal Marshes With a Focus on Recreational Values, is the culmination of a study coordinated by Ducks Unlimited (DU) with support from the Coastal Management Program, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ); the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office; Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. The study was designed to quantify the economic contribution to society of Great Lakes coastal wetlands. This report highlights the important economic value of intact, healthy, wetlands along the Great Lakes shoreline. For more information, visit: http://www.ducks.org/Conservation/ GreatLakesRegionalOfficeContacts/2602/GreatLakesAtlantic RegionalOfficeContacts.html
Minnesotans for Responsible Recreation Launches New Website After overcoming a mountain of technical difficulties MRR’s new website – www.MnResponsibleRec.org – is finally humming along. New on MRR’s Website: • MRR call to action focuses on reforming or abolishing $15 million in public funding of motorized recreation: http://mnresponsiblerec.org/action.php
• MRR Contracts for Services provide private property owners and community groups immediate access to MRR services while focusing member dollars on institutional change: http://mnresponsiblerec.org/ productsandservices/services.htm
• Thought-provoking presentation topics at http://mn-responsiblerec.org/productsandservices/ workshops-presentations.htm
• Got snowmobile noise? Check out MRR’s Restoring Winter Quiet program! http://mnresponsiblerec.org/ productsand-services/restoringwinterquiet.htm
• What people say about Minnesotans for Responsible Recreation – from MRR’s new video A Celebration of Quiet Places http://mnresponsiblerec.org/ productsandservices/WhatpeoplesayaboutMRR.htm
Two Comprehensive Resources on Illinois Funders The Directory of Illinois Foundations, our popular print resource now in its ninth edition, offers profiles on more than 3,000 grant makers. The new Directory of Illinois Foundations will be available on December 5, 2006. If you order the Directory of Illinois Foundations, ninth edition by November 10, you will receive a 20% discount. Illinois Funding Source (IFS) allows you to search the same profiles via an online database. And, IFS is continuously updated to ensure the most current information is available. If you have any questions, please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.