Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) is the largest, most successful, statewide conservation organization in the nation. Founded in 1937, our mission is to unite citizens to conserve, protect and enhance Michigan's natural resources and outdoor heritage. This mission drives everything we do as an organization.
Our strength is in our membership and support: over 40,000 hunters, anglers, trappers and conservationists and over 200 affiliated local clubs around the state. We were founded with a simple purpose: harness the combined strength of Michigan's outdoors community to protect conservation from politics. Since then, we have been the foremost power in Michigan protecting the rights to hunt, fish, trap, shoot and recreate. Our policies are determined by our members through Michigan's most robust grassroots policy-setting process. Our experienced and professional staff carry out the resolutions adopted by our members through a suite of conservation programs ranging from direct advocacy and communications to on-the-ground wildlife habitat conservation and youth outdoor education.
We have led significant conservation victories such as the passage of the Bottle Bill and the creation of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund in 1976, protecting the Trust Fund in the Michigan Constitution in 1984, protecting hunting rights from anti-hunters through Proposal G in 1996 and passage of the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act in 2014.
Since 1947, we have published Michigan Out-of-Doors Magazine. Our youth magazine, TRACKS, reaches tens of thousands of upper-elementary school students each year. Our bi-weekly Conservation Insider e-newsletter details the latest conservation news in Michigan, and our daily staff blogs at www.mucc.org ensure that content is always relevant and up-to-date.
Our award-winning On the Ground (OTG) wildlife habitat conservation program launched in 2013. As a partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, it has engaged more than 3,500 volunteers in dozens of fish and wildlife habitat projects on public lands and waters around the state. Additionally, our On the Water program was launched in 2019 and has removed nearly 4,000 pounds of trash from Michigans lakes, streams and rivers.
The Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth Camp, located at the Cedar Lake Outdoor Center in Chelsea, Michigan, has educated over 58,000 youth since its founding over 70 years ago, introducing generations of Michiganders to the outdoors.
With our members, and from support from outdoor enthusiast like you, we can continue to protect Michigan's natural resources while educating the next generation of conservation stewards. Thank you for your consideration.