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MI National Guard

June 1987 - Anglers pressure Gov. Blanchard and DNR Director Guyer to reverse the decision to allow Michigan National Guard to use an additional 41,000 acres of state land.

Sep.-Oct. 1987 - The Department of Military Affairs (DMA; i.e. Michigan National Guard) publishes Camp Grayling Master Plan which proposes expanded training at the Camp-including a new multi-purpose range complex (MPRC)-increasing noise and pollution. Au Sable Manistee Action Committee sues to block expansion and to limit training to just Michigan Guardsmen.

November 1987 - Anglers send members Alert: "Total Force and the Rape of the Au Sable" generating a large letter writing campaign opposing Camp Grayling expansion. Vernon Andrews, Adjutant General of Michigan Guard, threatens to sue Anglers. 

January 1988 - Anglers meet with Vernon's DMA staff to discuss the MPRC, sewage problems and noise pollution. DMA presents a formal response to our Alert and a 44 question inquiry. Anglers prepare a 42-page reply addressing each DMA response.

May 1988 - Wall Street Journal and CBS Evening News run stories on Camp Grayling conflict; Anglers and AMAC are mentioned. The Anglers adopt Camp Grayling Accord, our official position on the MPRC and environmental problems at the Camp.

June 1988 - Governor Blanchard creates a widely diverse 11-person Camp Grayling Management Advisory Committee (CGMAC); Angler board member and attorney Jim Schramm appointed.

August 1988 - Anglers instrumental in recruiting opposition attendance at Guard public hearings.

October 1988 - Anglers win in court over FOIA suit against Guard.

January 1989 - CGMAC submits a watered down report to the Governor listing 43 recommendations for future management of Camp Grayling; a "Minority Report" issued by the DMA soon followed disputing the "reasonableness" of 16 of the recommendations. The Anglers voice displeasure over the compromised document.

April 1989 - Complying with one of CGMAC's recommendations, Guard ceases training on Opening Day and other major holiday weekends. Guard releases draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Camp. The Anglers are highly critical of the document and submit a detailed 17 page response in June 1989.

August 1989 - Per CGMAC, Governor Blanchard establishes Camp Grayling Advisory Council. The Council ultimately adopted a different (and very pro-Guard) set of 43 recommendations (submitted obliquely by the DMA) called the "Black Book." The Anglers denounced this and prepared a "Green Book," which explained in detail the differences between the committee's original recommendations and those of the DMA. However, in April 1990, Blanchard instructed the Council to implement the "Black Book," effectively ignoring recommendations from a committee he originally appointed.

September 1989 - Anglers uncover a plan to test a laser guided missile system at Camp Grayling heretofore kept secret. Under threat of a law suit filed jointly by the Anglers, MUCC and AMAC, an agreement was made with the DMA to control the use and scope of testing. (The DMA later violated several areas of the agreement.)

December 1989 - The Anglers and AMAC co-draft a letter to Governor Blanchard demanding DMA's Vernon Andrews be fired. There was no response.

August 1990 - Anglers reverse closing of 7,000 acres of land (to be used by the Guard for weapons testing) traditionally open to hunting and reach an agreement with the Guard to reduce testing area from 25 to 3 square miles.

November 1990 - With pressure from AMAC and the Anglers, DNR issues third draft of a consent order that charges the Department of Military Affairs (National Guard) is in violation of the Michigan Hazardous Wastes Management Act, the Michigan Air Pollution Act, among others. The DMA refuses to sign consent order.

February 1991 - With Engler in office, Camp Grayling Advisory Council is all but defunct. Vernon Andrews was replaced by Gordon Stump.

February 1992 - Per the consent order, now legally binding, DNR orders DMA to conduct contamination test on the air artillery range, Range 40. AMAC's lawsuit against the DMA regarding the interpretation of the original Hansen land trust goes to the Michigan Supreme Court. AMAC contends trust stipulates training by Michigan troops only, and not Guard units from other states.

November 1993 - The DMA issues a Draft Environmental Assessment of Camp Grayling's proposed "Multiple Launch Rocket System, Unit Reorganization/Conversion and Fielding." (This is the same weapons system seen on CNN during the Gulf War.) The Anglers review and produce a detailed, nine-page, 33 part written response outlining serious flaws to the anticipated environmental impacts of such a system, among other concerns.

January 1994 - In response to the consent order issued in 1992, the DMA informs the DNR that it is uncertain which activities on Range 40 might or might not have contributed to the contamination found in the soil and ground water samples. It also espoused a far-fetched theory that a renegade Canadian glacier has something to do with problems on Range 40 (now listed by the DNR as a P.A. 307 contamination site).

July 1994 - The DMA, after five years of delay, releases the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for expansion activities at Camp Grayling-including the proposed Multi-Purpose Range Complex-Heavy. AMAC sues the DMA et al in U.S. District Court alleging the FEIS is still seriously flawed and does not meet the National Environmental Policy Act's standards for an EIS. In the suit AMAC accuses the DMA of ignoring important and new information and the changing circumstances since the Draft EIS was published in 1989-including the significant amounts of contamination found on Range 40 and elsewhere.

September 1994 - The Anglers, the Au Sable North Branch Association, the Au Sable River System Property Owners Association, Kalkaska County, Garfield Township, Lovells Township and the Michigan Council of TU join the AMAC lawsuit.

March 1995 - U.S. District Court rules against AMAC, the Anglers et al regarding the challenge to the Camp Grayling Final EIS-a huge disappointment-thus freeing the Guard to begin building the Multi-Purpose Range Complex. The Guard is also given the go ahead to stage the Multiple Launch Rocket System.

August 1997 - Anglers & AMAC launch investigation in noise pollution at Camp Grayling. Camp Grayling water contamination study initiated.

September 1999 - Anglers continue support of investigation of ground water contamination at Camp Grayling.

June 2000 - Detroit News highlights the potential for ground water pollution at Camp Grayling. See article.