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BIA's Mission: Economic and Environmental Sustainability
Represent the combined interests of our membership on issues that affect the fundamental character and beauty of Beaver Island.
Work with local governments to support property owners’ views, concerns and investments
Support preservation and wise use of natural resources, plants, and wildlife of Beaver Island
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BIA Board Member Pam Grassmick Sets Example for Invasives Fight

Beaver Island’s Pam Grassmick and her efforts to fend off phragmites on the island have become a model cited by Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy in developing an invasive species proactivity guide. A recent Capitol News Service report tells the story of Pam’s work, backed by the BIA, and its impact on state policy. “After I saw Pam and her team on Beaver Island bring down 30 acres of Phragmites to two acres in their first year, I was inspired to do similar work,” says Phyllis Higman, a senior conservation scientist with the Michigan Natural Features Inventory in a quote in the CNS report. “The work these folks are doing is so extraordinary and proactive.”

The full CNS report is here. The proactivity guide based on Pam’s example is here: https://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/reports/MNFI-Report-2019-20.pdf.

Discover Beaver Island Planning Group Meeting

Discover Beaver Island planning group held their monthly meeting November 13th.  There was good turnout.  Plans for a Local First Small Business Saturday on December 7th were discussed.  So far, the hardware, shipwreck shirts and the BIC Center are planning special...

Peaine Township November Board Meeting

The Peaine Township Board met on November 11th for their regular monthly meeting. Several board appointments were made. Noting that St. James elected to have Travis Martin fill one of their seats on the Waste Management Committee Appointment board, the board decided...

BICS School Board Meeting Highlights

At their regularly scheduled meeting, the Beaver Island Community School Board received reports from the teachers regarding student assessment data, heard reports from the standing committees, and took action on several items, including the appointment of a new board...

Peaine Township Planning Commission to meet

The Peaine Township Planning Commission has a meeting set for this coming Tuesday.  On the agenda are referring the complete 5-Year Peaine Township Recreation Plan to the township board for approval and a review of next steps on the recreational marijuana ordinance. ...

St. James Board November Meeting

St. James Township Board met Wednesday evening, November 6. The meeting covered a lot of ground. Notable discussion concerned progress on the Anderson Marina project. With the closing of the deal, the township is busy working with the Andersons and the Woollam...

Fwd: GLIA monthly call Nov 6 CANCELLED

We received the following message from Matt Preisser  : Greetings, Great Lakes Islands Alliance! With concurrence from the GLIA Steering Committee, I am cancelling tomorrow’s regularly scheduled monthly GLIA call.  We had a light agenda, given that its only been a few...

Attorney General’s Challenge to Line 5 Deal Dismissed

The Michigan Court of Claims ruled Thursday that the state Legislature did not violate the Michigan Constitution last year by approving a deal between former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Enbridge Inc. The challenged deal calls for replacing Line 5 with another...

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