Too many deer? Michigan Weather? Old growth forests? Invasive species? These are some of the topics taken on by two of Northern Michigan’s best-known and long-serving conservation advocates.
In this made for TV video presentation, we hear from two respected leaders in the conservation movement, Keith Charters and Bob Garner. These outdoor enthusiasts got together recently at the offices of the Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) to talk about their love of the nature, conservation advocacy, and the changes they’ve seen in Northern Michigan’s natural resources over their long careers. CRA staff member, Bethany Bucklew was on hand to guide the discussion.
Friends for many years, Charters and Garner served together on the Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC). Garner is well known for his work in public television, helping to host and direct shows such as Michigan Outdoors and Michigan Out-of-Doors. Garner has also had a long career advocating for the conservation of natural resources as a prominent staff member in the Michigan Legislature. Additionally, he has served on the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for more than 10 years.
Charters was first appointed to the Michigan NRC in 1994 and served as chair of the Commission until his retirement in 2010. An avid hunter and angler, Charters was a restaurateur and prominent Traverse City businessman for decades. He’s won many awards over his career, including Traverse City Chamber of Commerce 2003 Distinguished Service Award, the Michigan United Conservation Clubs Conservationist of the Year Award in 2005, and the 2007 Conservationist of the Year Award from the Michigan Senate.