# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
1837 Northview Outdoor Learning Initiative

Northview Public School District will design a new teaching curriculum for grades 4, 5, and 6 that will provide an integrated, multi-disciplinary learning experience that places Great Lakes stewardship and outdoor learning at the center of the student’s experience. After fully implementing the curriculum throughout the district, every student who progresses through Northview Public Schools will have outdoor learning and environmental education experiences as part of their developmental pathway into active and informed citizens.

Board Decision Year: 2019
Northview Public Schools (Grand Rapids) Cotter, Liz (lcotter@nvps.net) Active $80,100.00
1836 Wild Indigo Watershed Community Leadership Initiative

Working on Detroit’s East Side, Audubon Great Lakes’ Wild Indigo Nature Explorations program will build community appreciation of wetland ecology and support for their restoration along the Detroit River. This project will develop a series of events that, via community science, recreation, and stewardship, will foster a deeper connection to wildlife along the upper Detroit River. With community partners, we will develop a cohort of ambassadors who will advocate for healthy watersheds in the region.

Board Decision Year: 2019
Audubon Great Lakes (Chicago) Peters, Troy (tpeters@audubon.org) Active $51,640.00
1834 Outdoor Adventure Center Great Lakes Fisheries Learning Program

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in partnership with the Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition (SEMIS Coalition) is seeking funding to implement an integrated education program in Detroit which will serve middle and high school students, focusing on fish and fisheries management. The program will consist of the SEMIS Coalition Summer Institute, an outreach visit to schools by DNR staff, a field trip to the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center and an experiential field trip out-of-doors.

Board Decision Year: 2019
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation Division (Lansing) Lincoln, Matt (lincolnm@michigan.gov) Active $35,500.00
1828 Fostering Great Lakes Stewards from Forest to Fen

Huron Pines will provide programming for people of all ages that gets them outside experiencing nature, engaging in habitat management and contributing to data collection. By connecting people to the Great Lakes in a meaningful way, we help develop understanding and appreciation for the ecology of the Great Lakes that can lead to active stewardship and advocacy to support long-term sustainability of the Great Lakes fishery

 

Board Decision Year: 2019
Huron Pines (Grayling) Vogelgesang, Emily (emily@huronpines.org) Active $40,966.00
1827 Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council Water Resource Education Programs

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council will continue to foster millennial stewards in Northern Michigan using the successes of the middle school Water Resources Education Program to provide local students with comprehensive water resources education and experiences. The program will increase student knowledge and provide them with opportunities to improve local water resources through place-based projects and monitoring.

Board Decision Year: 2019
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Petoskey) Baker, Elijah (eli@watershedcouncil.org) Active $33,000.00
1823 Great Lakes Stewardship to Stop Asian Carp

The National Wildlife Federation and our partners will expand our successful Asian carp communications campaign to broaden our base of support and convert this into implementation of the Brandon Road plan (Plan). To do so, we will: 1) Ramp up communications as critical deadlines approach; 2) Develop and deploy solution-oriented messaging in addition to building awareness; and 3) Expand our geographic focus to constituencies in the Ohio and Mississippi River Basins that are currently impacted by Asian carp by supporting control and eradication strategies. We are seeking a major increased investment from the GLFT to double down our efforts to ensure that the Brandon Road plan is finalized.

Board Decision Year: 2018
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Smith, Marc (msmith@nwf.org) Active $400,000.00
1822 Feasibility of Rehabilitating and Supplementing Fisheries by Stocking Lake Whitefish in the Upper Great Lakes

We propose to synthesize available information in a desktop study to evaluate the feasibility of stocking lake whitefish to rehabilitate or supplement fisheries in the Great Lakes. This will involve determination of likely numbers that would need to be stocked at different stages to have substantial benefits and the resources required to produce those numbers of fish to stock.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Quantitative Fisheries Center, Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Bence, Jim (bence@msu.edu) Active $19,999.84
1821 Upper Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative - Base Funding Proposal: Second Year Funding

Board Decision Year: 2018
Superior Watershed Partnership (Marquette) Debiak, Abbie (abbie@superiorwatersheds.org) Active $72,500.00
1818 Tippy South River Bank Rehabilitation and Access Improvement

The Manistee River, below Tippy Dam (Wellston, MI), is a federally designated Wild And Scenic River and supports robust fish populations and critical habitat for wild and native species such as Lake Sturgeon. Due to the abundant angler opportunities the site provides, excessive bank erosion has occurred, leading to bank instability, sedimentation and hazardous access. The project team seeks to restore the stream bank and improve angler access at the south bank of the river.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Trout Unlimited (Arlington ) Geist, Jeremy (jgeist@tu.org) Active $50,000.00
1817 Increasing Urban Shore-based Fishing Access on the Cheboygan River

In the heart of the City of Cheboygan, the Cheboygan River runs with steelhead salmon, rainbow trout, walleye, bass, and sunfish before entering Lake Huron. Its desirable fishing lacks safe access. This project proposes to design permanent or removable fishing piers. The public will be engaged through surveys, a workgroup, and public meetings. Adjacent amenities will include educational signage and an ADA kayak launcher.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Petoskey) Keson, Caroline (caroline@watershedcouncil.org) Active $25,000.00
1814 Black River Park Fish Cleaning Station

In order to support and improve access and use of the local fishery, South Haven will construct a no-fee, modern, ADA fish cleaning station. This would additionally support the new access created by a shore based fishing pier developed in the park.

Board Decision Year: 2018
City of South Haven (South Haven ) Hosier, Kate (khosier@south-haven.com) Active $150,000.00
1809 Elmwood Marina Fish Cleaning Station

The Charter Township of Elmwood is starting a 3-phase land based redevelopment project of the existing Elmwood Marina on West Grand Traverse Bay. One of the most highly anticipated portions of Phase 1 is the state-of-the-art fish cleaning station. The fish cleaning station includes a pavilion, large grinder to dispose of waste in the Township sewer and a recognition wall of donors that will include metal cutouts of native fish.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Elmwood Township (Traverse City) Kopriva, Sara (planner@elmwoodtownship.net) Active $99,660.00
1806 Investigating infectious diseases as a “bottleneck” to lake whitefish (coregonus clupeaformis) recruitment

Lake whitefish declines in the four lower Great Lakes (GL) have alarmed GL fishery managers, commercial/tribal fisherman, and the public alike. This research seeks to clarify the role that infectious fish diseases play in decreasing the survival of young lake whitefish and determine routes by which such infections spread from parents to offspring. If funded, study results will help identify viable management solutions and guide future research to improve the health of GL lake whitefish.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Michigan State University - Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation (East Lansing) Loch, Thomas (lochthom@cvm.msu.edu) Active $132,056.50
1805 The Pigeon River Trout Habitat Assessment Project

The Pigeon River is a cold water stream located in Ottawa County, Michigan. This river has a history of fluctuating water quality due to sedimentation, nutrient loading, and hydrologic instability due to drainage conditions. This project seeks to conduct an inventory of the condition of all road stream crossings, and a stream habitat assessment at key locations within the watershed. This work will help identify areas of concern and facilitate planning for future restoration efforts.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Ottawa Conservation District (Grand Haven) Jordan, Benjamin (benjamin.jordan@macd.org) Active $14,611.25
1801 Restoring Lake Michigan's Globally Rare Ground-Fed Cold-water Streams

The Conservation Resource Alliance is expanding it's holistic approach to watershed management by completing a road/stream crossing inventory on the Lincoln River Watershed. CRA is also working with project partners at the Mason-Lake Conservation District to stabilize the single largest stream-bank erosion site in the entire Pere Marquette Watershed the Chinnery Log/slide, while simultaneously restoring complete connectivity to Blood Creek an intact headwaters and wetland complex valued for its pristine aquatic habitat.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Conservation Resource Alliance (Traverse City ) Kogelschatz, Paul (paul@rivercare.org) Active $100,500.00
1799 Beaumont Property, North Point Peninsula

The Nature Conservancy requests GLFT funding for fee acquisition of 1,384 acres on the North Point Peninsula near Alpena, including over four miles of Lake Huron coastline. In providing a unique opportunity to preserve and protect a rare mixture of ecological, economic, recreational and educational values in one project, this acquisition achieves the GLFT priorities of preserving essential habitat, particularly important fish habitats, with a possible opportunity to increase their availability to the public.

Board Decision Year: 2018
The Nature Conservancy - Protection (Lansing) Tuzinsky, Ricahrd (rtuzinsky@tnc.org) Active $100,000.00
1798 Reconnecting the North Branch of the Platte River

Reconnecting the North Branch of the Platte River is a comprehensive effort to replace outdated crossings at the prioritized sites of #PLT-P3, P5, P10 on the largest, high quality tributary to the Platte mainstem. Partners have completed site surveys and are well underway with design, proposing to build a timber bridge, bottomless arch and recessed culvert to ensure natural channel conditions and provide passage for all aquatic species at all life stages and stream flows.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Balke, Kimberly (kim@rivercare.org) Active $100,000.00
1792 Kids Creek Stream Corridor Restoration Project

This project will improve natural stream function and in-stream habitat on a 5,400-foot section of Kids Creek with the overall goal of removing it from the State of Michigan's Impaired Waters List. Project will install woody debris and riffle-pool enhancements, connect the stream to its floodplain, replace a culvert restricting hydrologic flow, and narrow the stream channel using natural, bioengineering techniques, all of which will benefit desirable macroinvertebrate species as well as Brook Trout populations.

Board Decision Year: 2018
The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay (Traverse City) U'Ren, Sarah (suren@gtbay.org) Active $100,000.00
1791 Using Genomics to Improve Stock Structure Resolution and Assess Recruitment Dynamics of Lake Whitefish in Lake Michigan

Lake whitefish in Lake Michigan have experienced substantial fluctuations in recruitment and abundance over the last decade and much of this variation appears to be asynchronous across stocks. Genetics represents a powerful tool for stock identification that could facilitate investigation of recruitment dynamics and stock-specific harvest. However, currently available genetic markers are not powerful enough to accurately delineate stocks. Our goal is to use genomic techniques to improve resolution of stock structure in lake whitefish.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Wesley Larson - USGS Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, College of Natural Resources, UW-Stevens Point (Stevens Point) Larson, Wesley (wes.larson@uwsp.edu) Active $161,727.00
1785 Characterization of olfactory imprinting to inform restoration of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes

We postulate that juvenile lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) learn stream-specific odors that may guide homing in spawning adults. By defining how and when olfactory imprinting occurs, we expect to inform existing and future restoration strategies that promote recruitment and genetic diversity for populations of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Li, Weiming (liweim@msu.edu) Active $219,644.80
1783 A comprehensive evaluation and comparison of the food webs of lakes Michigan and Huron using predator diets and stable isotopes

Pelagic prey abundances in lakes Michigan and Huron are declining. Models used to quantify predator-prey balance and inform predator stocking decisions use diet data that are outdated or limited in spatiotemporal scope. We propose to conduct a comprehensive diet and stable isotope study on lakes Huron and Michigan to update and expand the application and scope of diet data. Results from this study will inform fisheries management decisions and stocking policies in both lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Roth, Brian M. (rothbri@msu.edu) Active $341,334.00
1769 Youth Engagement & Monitoring

Board Decision Year: 2018
Huron River Watershed Council (Ann Arbor) Frenzel, Jason (jfrenzel@hrwc.org) Active $50,000.00
1768 Building Capacity of Great Lakes Champions

Board Decision Year: 2018
Huron Pines (Grayling) Zoll, Jennie (jennie@huronpines.org) Active $40,000.00
1766 Developing virtual learning opportunities to train citizen scientists about lake sturgeon and coupled Great Lakes-tributary ecosystems

Board Decision Year: 2018
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Scribner, Kim (scribne3@msu.edu) Active $35,427.00
1765 Outdoor Adventure Center Great Lakes Fisheries Learning Program

Board Decision Year: 2018
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation Division (Lansing) Lincoln, Matt (lincolnm@michigan.gov) Declined -