Drew Youngedyke

Drew YoungeDyke is the Communications Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center and an avid bowhunter, backpacker, trail-runner and kayaker.

How the Land and Water Conservation Fund Supports Trail Running

My forefoot strikes dirt, my toes push off and the other foot follows suit. Prairie grasses brush my shins as I run the Bloody Knife Trail up a hill above …

Saginaw Bay Fishing Highlights Need to Stop Asian Carp

The planer board bobbed on the gently rolling waves, then jerked sideways as its flag dipped in the blue water. Fish on! I reeled steady and slow and the walleye …

Sportsmen Discuss Wildlife Recovery with Congresswoman Dingell

On a rainy Friday in February, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) met with leaders of conservation and hunting organizations and key staff with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at the …

What’s on the Horizon for the Great Lakes in 2018?

The Great Lakes region: vast, iconic, and awe-inspiring. From the largest inland freshwater seas in the world filled with fish, lined with isolated islands and rock cliffs where eagles perch …

When Our Water Turns Green

It wasn’t Chicago, and it wasn’t St. Patrick’s Day. In mid-September 2017, Toledo’s Maumee River turned a bright green, matching the western Lake Erie it empties out to, carrying the …

The Asian Carp Gauntlet

In June, the discovery of a live silver carp just nine miles from Lake Michigan sent shock-waves through the Great Lakes community. It also renewed calls from Great Lakes lawmakers …

Don’t Let Weakened Ballast Water Protections Stow Away in Coast Guard Bill

The bi-national 2017 State of the Great Lakes report analyzes nine factors affecting the Great Lakes to gauge their overall health. Eight of the analyzed categories were either improved or …

All Hands on Deck

On the last day of May, 2017, the Great Lakes Business Network – with support from the National Wildlife Federation and the Groundwork Center – teamed up with Larry Bell …

Line 5 Oil Pipeline a Threat to the Great Lakes

Under the Straits of Mackinac – where the heart of America’s freshwater seas meet – runs an aging oil pipeline carrying up to 23 million gallons of oil a day. …

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