Though threatened and endangered species are managed at the federal level and American Farm Bureau Federation has policy addressing its issues, Michigan has some direct and unique involvement with threatened and endangered species. The Michigan Natural Features Resources Inventory, research and land management action by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and local contacts through Michigan’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services office, often lack the funding, staff, coordination, and ability to timely respond to farmer, forestland operator, and local government requests for information or assistance.
Challenges both in funding for research and updating of species status affect their management in Michigan. Frequently the agencies involved do not coordinate conservation plans, making it difficult for farmers and forestland operators to match planning for threatened and endangered species on their land. Further, the database that tracks Michigan’s threatened and endangered species lacks sufficient funding to update its listings. This means that many projects, whether Farm Bill cost-share practices, drain commission repairs, or state or federal forest sales must undergo time-consuming, expensive, and repetitive studies to determine the presence or absence of a species.
With the Monarch butterfly being proposed for endangered status and a number of other native insect and pollinator species being reviewed, the issues of local coordination of information, clear guidance for farmers and forestland operators, and updated information about a species presence will continue to gain in importance.
MFB: #86 Private Property Rights, #91 Wildlife Management
AFBF: #565 Endangered and Threatened Species
Michigan’s Endangered Species List
Michigan Natural Features Inventory
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Michigan Office