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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

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 events for that date.  Santa at the hardware, Christmas movies at the BIC center with an indoor tree lighting, and possibly an outdoor tree lighting with some caroling just after dusk that evening.  Expanding the annual Fishing Tournament to a more full-throated Winter Carnival was discussed—with events in town and out at Lake G.  There was considerable interest in that idea, and a working group is already busy with that.  Also discussed was a Fat Tire biking event—a race—either in May or the Fall.  With all of the NEA Big Read events on the table for May, a view developed that something in the Fall Color season might be the better plan—and allow more time for planning.  A working group was formed to explore the idea.  Also discussed was work on getting a Dark Sky brochure together along with work on a dark sky park designation.  Another group agreed to work on those projects.  If you are interested in working on any of these projects or have an idea for something else, Chamber Director Paul Cole would be glad to hear from you.  Reach him by email using chamber at

This report was prepared for the WVBI Community Calendar.

3rd Great Lakes Islands Alliance (GLIA) Summit

Beaver Island community leaders and interested parties will attend the 3rd Great Lakes Islands Alliance (GLIA) Summit on October 20-23rd, 2019 hosted by Mackinac Island. The purpose of GLIA is to support year-round inhabitated Great Lakes islands. During the GLIA...

DNR Reports on Great Lakes Islands

The island reports on Invasives are accessible on MSU Extension  website under publications The reports are also available in PDF format on the BIA Website : 2019-17 - Preserving the Legacy of Michigan's Great Lakes Islands 2019-18 - Prioritization Schemes Relevant to...

CAKE Quarterly Newsletter Jul-Sept. 2019

We received the following from Benjamin VanDyke :   Hello CISMA Partners! Happy fall - the seasons are definitely changing here in Northern Michigan! The quarterly newsletter captures what we've been up to in the invasive species world for the last three months,...

Busy Meeting Week Ahead

The week of September 15th will see three important meetings for island governance. COA Advisory Board Meeting Monday (September 16) Beaver Island COA Advisory Committee will meet at 10:00 a.m. upstairs in Carol's Hangout at the BIC Center. At township meetings County...

NLMIC Meets on the Island

BIA Board Member Pam Grassmick contributed to this report. The Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative meeting was well attended yesterday at the BIC BIC Center.  New coordinator for the Collaborative is Matt Priesser, who has has been active in other island...

Peaine Township Board Meeting

The Peaine Township Board met last evening.  In addition to regular business, the board looked at draft tax rates for the coming year.  Property values are up and there is an excess balance in a few funds so the rates were proposed to go down by 5.5% and the revenue...

St. James Township Meeting Report

The Saint James Township Board met Wednesday evening. There was an update on the marina project.  Everything seems to be proceeding apace with just some final small details to be worked.  The Anderson’s are applying for a junk car removal permit to deal with...

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