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This page is an archive of BIA’s activities back to 1999 as they were reported in newsletters.

Links to newsletters as PDF files are listed along with a searchable index for each one.

Island Currents – Fall 2020 Newsletter

President’s Corner
Invasives Report
BICS Update
Broadband Update
Protecting the Big Birch
Line 5 Replacement Faces issues
Cottage Law Webinar
Real Estate Update
Cottage Law Seminar
Hunting Update – and more!

Island Currents – Summer 2020 Newsletter
President’s Corner
Invasives Report – Ticks on the Island (and an App to track then)
Return to School at BICS – BICS Budget
Joint Waste Management Team getting Serious about Island Blight
Line 5 Update
Island Promotion (including two new travel center rack cards)
Cottage Law Seminar
Warning: Flotsam floating on the Big Lake
GLIA Update – and more!

Island-Currents-Spring-2020 Newsletter

President’s Corner
Letter to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Lake Levels & Shoreline Impacts
Beaver Island Community School Update
Invasive Species Report
Island Marketing
Beach Cleanup Report
Treasurer’s Report
Island Twp. Boards
Trails Update
Report from the Great Lakes Islands Summit
Broadband Committee Report

Island Currents – Summer 2019 Newsletter


Island Currents – Spring 2019 Newsletter
President’s Corner – Historical Society
Update – St. James Township Update –
Invasive Species Report – Phragmites
Report – Beaver Island Community
School Update – Beach Clean-up Report
– Beaver Island Birding Trail – Waterways
Trail Update – Report from the Great
Lakes Islands Summit – Broadband
Committee Report

Island Currents – Spring 2018 (June 18, 2018)
President’s Corner
County Building Update
Well Water Testing
Invasive Species Report
NLMIC Meeting Summary
Beaver Island Birding Trail
Waterways Trail Update
Great Lakes Islands Coalition
High Speed Internet Initiative

Island Currents – Winter 2018 (January 25, 2018)
President’s corner
Cabin fever notes
Island Fellow departure
Great Lakes Coalition
Island summit
Internet update
Beaver Island Archipelago Trails Association report
Invasive species control efforts
ORV use on beaches
BIBT activities
Township consolidation
Changing rental market
Beach cleanup

Island Currents – Spring 2017 (April 6, 2017)
BIA Advocates for EMS Ballot Proposal
What Is The BIA. What Does It Do?
EMS Update
Island Fellow
Great Lakes Coalition/OGL Support
Internet Update/TDS Dialogue
Master Plan Update, Public Comment Link
Radio Station WVBI
Invasive Species
Water Trail Update
Bumble Bees
Birding Trail Update
Beaver Island Community School

Island Currents – Fall 2016 (December 12, 2016)
BIA Advocates for EMS Ballot Proposal
Island Fellow Project
Great Lakes Islands Coalition
Resilient Beaver Island Master Plan
Internet Survey
Invasives Activity
Beach Clean-Up
Waterways Trail
Saving Birds Through Habitat
Beaver Island Birding Trail

Island Currents – Spring 2016 (April 6, 2016)
Update on Island Institute Collaboration
The Beaver Island Birding Trail Update
Beaver Island Waterways Trail
Invasive Species Control 2016
Beaver Island Community School Update
St. James Finances
New County Building – A Reality!
Beach Clean-up 2016
CMU Cooperation?
Update 0n Natural Resource Organizations
Property Tax Update
Forest Management Presentation
BIA Annual Meeting Agenda & Date
BIA Membership List

Island Currents – Fall 2015 (November 8, 2015)
The Beaver Island Birding Trail Update
Beaver Island Waterways Trail – Initial Planning
Northern Michigan Island Collaborative
Beaver Island Health Care and Emergency Services
Charlevoix Area Hospital Capital Campaign
Emergency Services Recognition – Pig Roast
Beach Clean-Up 2015
Island Institute Collaboration
Beaver Island Community School Update
Invasive Species Control
BIA Joins A New Multi-County Environmental Protection Organization
Invasive Species Planning Meeting- Early 2016?
Beaver Island Radio (WVBI)- An Update
Township Marina Reservations?
History Museum Expansion Update
St. James Financial Problems
BIA Membership List

Island Currents – Spring 2015 (March 24, 2015)
The Beaver Island Birding Trail Update, Plans for 2015
The Beaver Island Community School Update
Invasive Species Control-2015
Invasive Species Planning Meeting- Jan ‘15
Fall 2015 Environmental Planning Session
Save Our Shores Funding 2015
What’s Happening with Our Roads
Great Lake Water Levels Projection
Beach Clean-Up 2015
St. James Financial Problems
School Funding over Years
Property Tax Law Change
BIA Finances Audit Results
2015-16 BIA Annual Meeting

Island Currents – Fall 2014 (October 17, 2014)
The Beaver Island Birding Trail 2014, Plans For Next Year
Phragmites Control Update
Endangered Species Act Anniversary
Beach Clean-Up 2014
Hog Island Phragmites Survey
Beaver Island Taxes 2013-14
Response From Peaine Township Regarding BIA’s Question On Accumulated Tax Reserves
BICS Budget For 2014/2015
BIA Survey Results on BICS Support
Local Business Update
What’s Happening with Our Roads
Great Lake Water Levels
Emerald Ash Borer Monitoring 2015
Am Vet Park Enhancements
History Museum Expansion Plan Update
An Improved BIA Website: Check It Out
A Beaver Island Artists Guild?

Island Currents – Spring 2014 (April 10, 2014)
The Beaver Island Birding Trail is a Reality!
The Birding Trail and the BI Economy
2014 Archipelago Environmental Planning Session In Lansing
Beaver Island Taxes 2013-14
Phragmites Control Update
What’s Happening with Our Roads
BIA Financial Update
Update From BICS (Riley Justis)
Career Day Update
Beach Clean-Up Plans – 2014
History Museum Expansion Plan Update
Wildlife Club Plans
Property Insurance Discount Available
Emerald Isle Repair Status
An Improved BIA Website: Check It Out
Baroque on Beaver 2014!!
Annual Meeting Plans

Island Currents – Fall 2013 (October 12, 2013)
Phragmites treatment 2013
Beaver Island “birding” trail plans
An update from Riley Justis – BICS superintendent and k-12 principal
BICS budget for 2013-14
Career day update
Baroque on Beaver and the island economy
Scott Slezak (Annie’s Heirloom Seeds) – on starting a successful island business
New property tax legislation
Beach clean-up day results
Emerald ash borer monitoring – 2013
Conversation with the harbormaster
2014 archipelago planning meeting
Road improvement status update
BIA website enhancements

Island Currents – Spring 2013 (March 22, 2013)
What’s happing with Lake Levels
January 2013 Environmental Planning Session in Gaylord
Beaver Island Taxes 2012-13
What’s happening with our roads
Phragmites Update
Why invasives matter
Beaver Island Electrical rates
Career Day Update
Beach Clean-up Plans
The Beaver Island “App”
Emerald Ash Borer Monitoring – 2013
Annual Meeting plans

Island Currents – Fall 2012 (December 10, 2012)
News article regarding environmental funding for Beaver Island – $400,000
Letter from the BIA to the BICS School Board concerning Superintendent / Principal search.
School Superintendent/Principal Search Calendar, and ways to be involved
Beaver Island Association support of Leadership Charlevoix County
Letter to the Charlevoix Road Commission Steering Committee regarding paving Kings Highway.
Update on the Emerald Ash Borer
2012 Beach Cleanup Summary
Beaver Island Elections November 2012 – a summary of who’s running for what.
Great Lakes Energy Bills; why they are what they are.
Update on the Phragmites eradication program
Report on the Invasive Species Coalition meeting in Gaylord, September 25, 2012.
Plans for high level meeting on environmental issues; January 11, 2013 (11am-3pm), DNR Gaylord Operations Center
Discussion of the draft of the U.S. Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Land protection for the Great Lakes
The BIA Website – a resource

Island Currents – Spring 2012 (March 20, 2012)
Invasive Species Summit – June 14. Registration form enclosed.
“Saving the Family Cottage” – Presentation by attorney David Frey, July 22; In conjunction with the Annual Meeting
Beaver Island Association Endangered & Invasive Species Management Plan.
Beaver Island Community School College and Career Day! – May 2012.
New slip reservation system at the Municipal Marina for 2012!
Summer Field Trips sponsored by the Rural Health Center and CMU Biological Station
Township Airport Eminent Domain Trial Summary
New St. James Township Recreation Plan – Summary and Goals
Maintaining Biodiversity on Beaver island – a perspective
Update on CMU initiatives
Beaver Island Property Taxes 2011 – an analysis
Annual Meeting Agenda – Sunday evening, July 22 at the Community Center

Island Currents – Fall 2011 (October, 2011)
Beaver Island Community School College and Career Day! – May 2012 – Volunteers needed.
Report on the Recently Adopted Township Property Tax Rates for 2012/2013.
Beaver Island Association Endangered & Invasive Species Management Plan.
Road Re-Paving and Maintenance Initiative Update.
Annual Beach Cleanup Initiative results
Website Enhancement Initiative Plans are underway!
Should the Beaver Island Municipal Marina accept reservations? Both sides of the issue

Island Currents – Spring 2011 (May 20, 2011)
TIME TO CONSIDER TOWNSHIP CONSOLIDATION? How it could happen, and whether (or not) it should
BIA Annual Meeting
Ecosystem Planning Workshop
Beach Cleanup
Wildlife Certification Plan
Summer Lecture Series
Woodland Stewardship
Wanted: Your Views

Island Currents – Winter 2011 (January 24, 2011)
Permaculture on Beaver Island
Wildlife Report?
Island Property Taxes
Roads Repaving And Maintenance Initiative
Economic Growth & the Environment
Invasive Species on Beaver Island
BIA Members Speak

Island Currents – Spring 2010 (May 15, 2010)
Sustainability . . . Of What, And How?
Clear-Cutting and Forest Management?
Human Services Commission
Phragmites 2010
Forest Fire Prevention
Nature News

Island Currents – Fall 2009 (November 15, 2009)
Economic Development & Sustainability
Odds and Ends
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
2009 Annual Meeting of Members
Fire Prevention Update
Nature Update
Property taxes – an Overview
Beach Cleanup Covers 22 Miles
Welcome New Board Members

Island Currents – Spring 2009 (May 15, 2009)
2009 Great Lakes Islands Symposium
Phragmites Update
NRCS – Helping People Help the Land
Off Road Vehicles on Beaver Island Roads?
Beaver Island Wildlife Update

Island Currents – Fall 2008 (November 15, 2008)
Avian Botulism Update
September 2008 Phragmites update
Beach Cleanup 2008
Sustainability: the Watchword for Beaver Island & the Great Lakes
Great Lakes Islands Symposium 2009
Annual Meeting Minutes
DNR Conducting Extensive Island Logging Including Clearcutting
Another Invasive to watch: Purple Loosestrife
Fire Prevention & Risk Level Communication

Island Currents – Spring 2008 (May 15, 2008)
History of the Beaver Island Association
Going Native on Beaver Island
Avian Botulism
Save our Shores Phragmites control effort 2008
Beaver Island Wildlife Club News

Island Currents – Fall 2007 (November 15, 2007)
A New Name for BIPOA
2007 Annual Meeting Minutes
Questions for the Charlevoix Council on Aging
Beaver Island Community Development Corporation
Invasive Phragmites Update
Fighting Green Slime
Where has the Water Gone?
Beach Cleanup
Community Center
Saving The Family Cottage
Library Resource

Island Currents – Fall 2006 (November 15, 2006)
What Does BIPOA do in the Winter?
DNR to selectively Log Island Land
Martin’s Bluff
BIPOA Annual Meeting
Beach Clean-up
Great Lakes: Protection & Conservation
Information Center: Land Stewardship & Best Practices
Dead Birds along Shoreline
Phragmites Update
Watershed council partners with Michigan environmental council on algae problem.

Island Currents – Spring 2006 (May 15, 2006)
Thinking about summer
Climate Change and the Great Lakes
DNR Review of Property Holdings
Land Consolidation Strategy
The 1836 Treaty of Washington
Video Update – Beaver Island: A Great Lakes Jewel
Help Wanted: Invasive Species Awareness Program, Beach Restoration, Erosion Control Program

Island Currents – Fall 2005 (November 15, 2005)
For Beaver Island and All Its People – President’s Note
Commission on Aging Services on Beaver Island
“Beaver Island – Ours to Protect” – a new public education short video project
BIPOA Annual Meeting Minutes July 25, 2005
Beaver Island Master Plan Update

Island Currents – Spring 2005 (May 15, 2005)
Beaver Island Master Plan Update
Beaver Island Joins Shoreline Cleanup September 17
Help protect Island’s ash trees from Emerald Ash Borer
Beaver Island Rural Health
Center Plans for Long-Term Financial Stability

Island Currents – Fall 2004 (November 15, 2004)
Summer 2004 in Review
BIPOA 2004 Annual Meeting Minutes
GLE Beaver Island Settlement Agreement
Michigan Court of Appeals Publishes Opinion on Shoreline
Regulating water use in the Great Lakes: The Great Lakes Basin Water Resources Compact and the Great Lakes Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement
Beaver Island’s Natural Beauty Roads
2004 Beaver Island Election Results
New Committees Forming
Ground Water Protection

Island Currents – Spring 2004 (May 15, 2004)
It is our intention to mail all current BIPOA members a copy of the new Property Owners Manual this summer. We hope you enjoy the wanderings of our hikers as well as the condensed information.
Topics in this issue include
A letter to our members
Announcements of our summer nature lecture series.
Hiking the Interior
Island Trail and Public Access Maps

Island Currents – Fall 2003 (November 15, 2003)
BIPOA Year in Review:
The Recreation Resource Plan being championed by Jack Kelly with the endorsement of both Township Boards is proceeding as planned
The ever-popular Nature Lecture Series which is a partnership with CMU was a tremendous success
This summer the Property Owners Manual Project has taken on new life
Principle Residence Exemption (Homestead Exemption)
Speed Control
BIPOA Annual Meeting 7-28-2003 Minutes
Charlevoix Downtown Marina
New Informational Resources
Master Plan Survey
Fire Safety
Friendly Lights
St. James Township Parks and Open Spaces
Donegal Bay Bicycle Path Ordinance
Peaine Township Proposed Budget 2003
Lighthouse School and BIHS Reports
Medical News

Island Currents – Spring 2003 (May 15, 2003)
Work on the Peaine Master Plan – what was learned from the informal meetings which involved 135 residents, both summer and year-round
School Milage Proposal
The Living Shore
BIPOA/CMU Summer Nature Lecture Series
Letters: Stewardship of Our Natural Resources
Letters: Air Ambulance Costs & Reimbursement
Letters: Air Charter
Recreation Resource Project Update

Island Currents – Fall 2002 (November 15, 2002)
Greetings to all BIPOA Members
Peaine Township Begins Master Planning Process
Medical Center / Senior Housing
Keep Beaver Island Beautiful
Letters: Township Consolidation
Property Owners Manual
Recreation Resources Project Update
Fertilizer Use and Water Quality
BIPOA Financial Report
Friends of the Trails
Partnership Project Update

Island Currents – Spring 2002 (June 10, 2002)
Recreation Resources Project
Leadership Retreat
News from the Townships
School Elections / Milage Proposals
Beaver Island Internet Technology Forum
Wireless First Broadband Proposal for Beaver Island
Proposed Amendments to t he By-laws
Rural Health Center Land Donation, Projects, and Goals
2002 Annual Meeting Notice
BIPOA Summer Lecture Series
Island Zoning and Planning

Island Currents – Fall 2001 (November 25, 2001)
The New Medical Center
Minutes of the 2001 BIPOA Annual Meeting
Island Zoning – An Interview with Kevin White, Zoning Administrator
Natural Notes – Coyotes
Recreational Resources Project
Island Trails Report
Island Water Quality Study
Transportation Authority Update

Island Currents – Summer 2001 (May 25, 2001)
Natural Beauty NREPA Law
Island Propate Rates
Charlevoix Round Lake Project
Township Airport AWOS System
The Lady Bug Population

Island Currents – Spring 2001 (March 15, 2001)
Committee Reports
Winter of ’36
News on the Net
Natural Notes
The Northern Islander

Island Currents – Fall 2000 (October 25, 2000)
Environmental Risk Committee
2000 Annual Meeting
Jet-Skis, ORV’s, Speed Liimits
Beaver Island Needs Assessment
Postulated Goals Statement

Island Currents – Summer 2000 (June 15, 2000)
New Peaine Fire Station
New Public Riding Stable
Summer 2000 Youth Programs
Jeanie Johnston Update
Nunsense comes to Beaver Island
Summer Stargazing on Beaver Island

Island Currents – Spring 2000 (March 15, 2000)
GLE Resolution
Island Electric Service & Rates
Island Planning Consultant
BIRHC Update
A Case for Giving
Groundwater Protection
Long-term Junk Car Removal

Island Currents – Fall 1999 (November 15, 1999)
BIPOA Opening Address
Public Service Commission Update:
Island Electric Service & Rates
Rural Health Center Strategic Planning
Should BI Townships Hire Another Planner?
Letters to BIPOA

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