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Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) records

Identifier: MSS-408

Scope and Contents

Box one (36 folders) includes Meeting Minutes and Agendas, Financial Statements, Bulletins, Notes taken by Jon Saari, an organization Constitution and record, and Lawsuits and Appeals that UPEC was involved in. This box also contains information regarding Upper Peninsula Mining projects (Copperwood Project, Eagle Mine, Keweenaw Mining (Copper Range Co., Great Lakes Minerals, SLAPP Suit)), Wolf reintroduction (Timber Wolf Alliance, Recovery, News), and toxic pollutants (Chlorine, Dioxin - Chemicals of Concern, Nuclear Waste, Hannahville Power Plant).

Box two (20 folders) primarily contains Forestry, including National Forest use ((5 folders) Hiawatha National Forest - Project Planning Reports, Project Announcements, Management, Old Growth Designation and (1 folder) Ottawa National Forest Newsletters), Timber sales, Old growth, clear-cutting, and forest management (MDNR Newsletters and Recreation Plan, Hiawatha National Forest (5)). It also contains 4 folders regarding public access and land use in the Keweenaw (Keweenaw Point Advisory Committee (2), Keweenaw Land Trust, Keweenaw Peninsula Towers). There is one folder with a logging photo, negatives, and a slide.

Box three (30 folders) contains UPEC Newsletters (2 folders), Meeting Minutes/Agendas, and Correspondence, multiple folders regarding Wetlands, Great Lakes water quality, usage, and management, as well as various Publications divided into categories: Michigan, Great Lakes, National Parks, and Horizons (a publication of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute). There is a small amount in regard to mining (Cleveland Cliffs, Eagle Mine project). Included also is one personal file on Debra E. Bernhardt, containing an Obituary and a short story.


  • 1975 - 2014

Conditions Governing Access

No Restrictions. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from MSS-408, Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) Records, must be obtained from the Univeristy Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at (906) 227-1225 or email, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Content Description

The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition chartered in 1976 was the first grassroots group that focused solely on environmental issues across all of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The coalition is made up of hundreds of interested individual members. UPEC is a non-profit, registered 501(c)(3) organization operating under a constitution originally ratified on January 24, 1976. Since the beginning the purpose has remained unchanged: to protect and maintain the unique environmental qualities of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by educating the public and acting as a watchdog to industry and government.

This accession documents the history of UPEC. The accession is organized around major environmental projects and issues, such as mining, forestry, and water. Record types include, but are not limited to, meeting minutes and agendas; correspondence; various publications and reports; research and meeting notes; financial statements; and newspaper clippings.


3 boxes (3 Archival Boxes)

Language of Materials



Arranged to preserve original order by subject, with the exception of unlabled or miscellaneous folders, which were reclassified and refoldered as necessary.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Archives aqquired this collection directly from Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition with assistance from Dr. Jon Saari, emeritus professor of History at Northern Michigan University.

Condition Description

Condition is generally good. Some material has deteriorated due to acid. Newspaper clippings.

Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) records
Aura Wahl-Piotrowski
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Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1333 (Fax)


This collection guide includes collections from member organizations of UPLINK (the Upper Peninsula Digital Network) as well as the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives. UPLINK collections document the history of the Upper Peninsula broadly, while the Central UP & NMU Archives focuses on such topics as Northern Michigan University history, the local iron mining industry, and the politics, economics, religion, environment, and culture of the Central Upper Peninsula region.

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