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Conservation Funding Trends and Implications. Presented by Directors Humphries, Irwin and Chester February 7, 2007. Department Missions. Department of Natural Resources

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conservation funding trends and implications
Conservation Funding Trends

and Implications

Presented by Directors Humphries, Irwin and Chester

February 7, 2007

department missions
Department Missions

Department of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the State's natural resources for current and future generations.

Department of Environmental Quality

The Department of Environmental Quality protects and enhances Michigan’s environment and public health on behalf of the people of the Great Lakes State for an improved quality of life and a sustainable future.

Department of Agriculture

The Department of Agricultures serves, promotes and protects the food, agricultural, environmental and economic interests of the people of Michigan.

what we do
What we do…
  • Improve habitat
  • Protect air and water quality
  • Preserve farmland
  • Monitor and research diseases
  • Promote agricultural products
  • Regulate hazardous materials
  • Stock fish
  • Ensure food safety
  • Regulate solid waste disposal
  • Maintain public recreation land
  • Protect the Great Lakes
  • Administer consumer quality measures
  • Provide recreation trails
  • Provide camping
  • Enforce laws
  • Manage timber
economic impacts
Economic impacts
  • $4.5 billion hunting, fish, non-consumptive users
  • Agri-food system $60.1 billion and 1 million jobs
  • Parks visitors contributed $500 million
  • Air quality (fine particles standard) saves between $9 billion and $76 billion in health benefits nationwide
  • Air quality (Clean Air Interstate Rule) saves between $85 and $100 billion in health care savings nationwide
  • $3 billion in boating and snowmobiling
economic impacts cont
Economic impacts (cont.)
  • State forest products and recreation contribute $12 billion and 200,000 jobs
  • $3 billion in boating and snowmobiling
  • Agri-food infrastructure investments total $6.8 billion over last five years
  • $19 million in Brownfield grants leveraging $500 million in private investments and 3,400 jobs
  • $500 million in cleanup of state sites and infrastructure improvements and 3,800 jobs
return on investment
Return on investment

For every $1 invested in conservation, $116 is returned.

how much general fund
How much General Fund?

MDA, DEQ, and DNR receive only


dnr challenges
DNR challenges
  • Proliferation of disease and non-native species
  • Conflicting uses of public lands
  • Infrastructure deterioration
  • Recruitment and retention of hunters and anglers
deq challenges
DEQ challenges
  • Pollution of air, water, and land resources
  • Adverse health impacts
  • Significant ecological consequences
  • More wetland loss
  • Less pollution prevention
  • Few polluted sites cleaned and less brownfield redevelopment
  • Less service to the public (complaint response, permit processing)
mda challenges
MDA challenges
  • Globalization driving invasive species, new and re-emerging diseases
  • New demands on resources
  • Fragmentation of landscape
thank you

Thank You

Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Outdoors