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Habitat/Wetlands Initiative
Progress Report - November 2008
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Introduction

The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration’s (GLRC) December 2005 Strategy to Restore and Protect the Great Lakes identifies habitat and wetlands degradation as a key threat and provides recommendations for protecting and restoring them. The GLRC’s Wetlands and Habitat Initiative is working to address these recommendations. As a first step, the Initiative is focused on protecting and restoring 200,000 acres of wetlands in the Great Lakes basin. The Initiative aims to accomplish this by improving coordination among habitat restoration programs and partners, with a goal of achieving more by working together than by each alone.

Key Elements and Progress to Date

  • A Habitat/Species Subcommittee with representatives from federal agencies, state, local and tribal governments and non-governmental organizations from across the basin helps guide the Initiative. The Subcommittee has regular meetings and conference calls focused on improving our collective efforts to restore Great Lakes habitat.
  • In keeping with improving our collective efforts to restore Great Lakes habitat, a habitat projects and funding programs database was developed to increase information integration and accessibility among stakeholders. The database contains information contributed by basin stakeholders on more 200 potential habitat restoration projects and more than 130 programs that provide funding for restoration projects. The database is friendly for public access and empowers users with information about restoration needs and priorities, potential partners and funding sources. The database is available online at: http://www.glhi.org/.
  • A data call was conducted to provide an estimate of the number of wetland acres protected, restored and improved since the release of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration’s Strategy. Since December 2005, more than 95,000 acres of wetlands have been protected, restored and improved by federal agencies and their partners across the Great Lakes basin.
  • Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Habitat/Wetlands Initiative: A Progress Report and Call to Action that reports on progress, the habitat project and funding database, key issues and next steps is available on-line at http://glrc.us/documents/CallToAction06-19-2008.pdf.
  • Workshops will be held this winter with stakeholders and partners in each of the 8 Great Lakes states to seek input on ways to strengthen existing and initiate new collaborative partnerships and approaches to accomplish the habitat restoration goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration.
     

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