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Forest Preserve District of Cook County
will control invasive species and conduct prescribed burning to restore more than 135 acres of lakeplain habitat within the Millennium Reserve: Calumet Core area. ($100,000)
Lake County Forest Preserve District will work with partners in Illinois and Wisconsin to restore 1,158 acres of coastal lake plain habitat along the Chiwaukee Illinois Beach Lake Plain. ($874,081)
Lake County Stormwater Management Commision will control invasive species and stabilize stream banks to restore 1,800 linear feet of Bull Creek, a major stream channel in the Dead River watershed. ($57,000)
- Alger Conservation District will: 1) replace four culverts to restore fish passage to 15 stream miles and 2) conduct control of purple loosestrife on 14 acres in Alger and Marquette Counties. ($150,000)
- City of Rochester will restore natural morphology and riparian vegetation along 3,500 feet of Paint Creek in Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve and Municipal Park within the Clinton River Area of Concern. ($750,000)
- Common Coast Research & Conservation and partners will control invasive species and plant native vegetation to restore more than 30 acres of coastal stopover habitat for migratory birds along Portage Bay in Escanaba. ($50,940)
- Conservation Resource Alliance will remove impounded sediment to minimize stream degradation that could occur from its downstream movement following the planned removal of Brown Bridge dam. ($150,000)
- Conservation Resource Alliance and partners will control phragmites and other invasive species to improve habitat on 1,400 acres and 7,000 feet of shoreline on six islands in the Beaver Island Archipelago. ($368,646)
- Huron Pines Resource Conservation & Development Council will work with private landowners and other partners to restore 82 miles of aquatic connectivity, improve 150 acres of wetlands, and improve water quality in the northern Saginaw Bay watershed. ($693,000)
- Huron Pines Resource Conservation & Development Council will provide technical assistance to approximately 300 private landowners to help optimize wildlife conservation on roughly 4,000 acres of private lands across the northern Lower Peninsula. ($522,000)
- Macomb County Public Works Office will remove an in-stream barrier and stabilize stream banks to restore 10 miles of connectivity and improve habitat along the North Branch Clinton River. ($32,500)
- Regents of the University of Michigan will construct a reef in the Detroit River to create nearly a hectare of spawning habitat for lake sturgeon, walleye and other fish within the Detroit River Area of Concern. ($799,226)
- Regents of the University of Michigan will control invasive species and conduct prescribed burns on 250 acres of floodplain, fen and adjacent upland habitat along Fleming Creek. ($112,348)
- Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy and partners will control invasive phragmites to restore 101 acres, 11,700 linear feet of stream bank, and 10,100 linear feet of coastal habitat along Saginaw Bay. ($150,000)
- Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council and partners will control invasive phragmites to restore and enhance 400 acres of coastal shoreline and wetlands in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. ($458,160)
- Minnesota Trout Unlimited will restore habitat for coaster brook trout and other salmonids along more than 7,000 feet of the Stewart River by adding in-stream structures and planting riparian trees to increase canopy cover. ($120,000)
- Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association will assist private landowners with invasive species control and native tree planting to restore approximately 200 acres of coastal forest along Lake Superior. ($25,000)
- Cleveland Metroparks and partners will control invasive species and plant native vegetation to restore wetland functions and habitat on 60 acres of Fowles Marsh. ($140,000)
- Lake Metroparks will acquire 89 acres of coastal property as part of a larger project to protect 600 acres and 9,000 feet of contiguous Lake Erie shoreline in Painesville and Perry Townships. ($300,000)
- The Nature Conservancy will partner with Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Ducks Unlimited to restore approximately 505 acres of wetlands and uplands near Lake Erie within the Maumee Area of Concern. ($600,000)
- Winous Point Marsh Conservancy and partners will augment an existing invasive weed management program to control phragmites and flowering rush on 550 acres of coastal marsh along Lake Erie. ($56,050)
- Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority will restore 61 acres of stream and riparian habitat, restore fish passage to 4 stream miles, and control phragmites in a high-quality wetland in the Nottawasaga Valley watershed. ($100,000)
- Trout Unlimited Canada will stabilize stream banks and add in-stream structures along 3,200 feet of Bronte Creek to improve habitat for Atlantic salmon and brook trout. ($75,000)
- Walpole Island First Nation will conduct an initial wetland assessment and develop a management plan to guide the restoration of Swan Lake Marsh within the St. Clair River Area of Concern. ($25,000)
- Girard Township and partners will improve two road–stream crossings to restore 7 miles of fish passage and improve habitat and water quality along 1,500 stream feet in two Lake Erie tributaries. ($125,000)
- Alliance for the Great Lakes will preserve and restore coastal habitat at three parks in Milwaukee County by controlling invasive species and planting native vegetation. ($100,000)
- Bayfield County Land and Water Conservation Department will restore 1.25 miles of Whittlesey Creek for coaster brook trout and other salmonids by increasing channel complexity and planting riparian forest. ($114,200)
- Kenosha County Division of Parks will restore fish passage to 22 stream miles by removing an earthen dam topped by a roadway and replacing it with a new bridge. ($150,000)
- Ozaukee County will restore aquatic connectivity to more than 3 stream miles and 170 wetland acres by re-designing and improving three trail–stream crossings on Riveredge Creek. ($28,500)
- Stockbridge-Munsee Community will remove four segments of an abandoned rail bed to restore connectivity between 258 acres of wetlands and 2 miles of stream habitat on the Stockbridge-Munsee Forest. ($525,000)
- University of Wisconsin will control invasive species on 114 acres of coastal wetlands on Pt. au Sable to restore important habitat for migratory and breeding birds within the Lower Fox River and Green Bay Area of Concern. ($150,000)
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will control invasive species to restore 925 acres within a 23,000 complex of rare wetlands on 15 DNR properties that support 45 rare species. ($168,000)
- Alliance for the Great Lakes and partners will control invasive species and plant native vegetation to improve 28 acres of terrestrial and aquatic habitat associated with unique ravine systems along the length of Lake Michigan in northeastern Illinois. ($150,000)
- The Field Museum of Natural History and partners will enhance 85 acres of marsh and dune and swale habitat at Eggers Grove along the southern rim of Lake Michigan through prescribed burning, invasive species control and native seeding. ($56,350)
- Friends of the Forest Preserves and partners will conduct prescribed burns and invasive species control to restore 605 wetland acres and 100 associated upland acres of lakeplain habitat at nine sites in the Calumet region of Illinois and Indiana. ($500,000)
- Blue Heron Ministries and many conservation partners will establish a roving field crew that will control invasive species to improve at least 641 acres of habitat in portions of northern Indiana and southern Michigan. ($200,000)
- Shirley Heinze Land Trust and partners will control invasive species, plant native vegetation, and remove abandoned home structures to improve habitat quality on 60 acres of boreal flatwoods habitat at the Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve in northwestern Indiana. ($34,900)
- Conservation Resource Alliance and partners will remove two barriers during the first construction phase of a project that will restore aquatic connectivity and fish passage to 160 miles of the Boardman River, 20 miles of river habitat, and 253 acres of riparian wetlands. ($1,000,000)
- Downriver Community Conference, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other partners will restore and enhance 91 acres and 2.5 miles of coastal, wetland and upland habitat at the Refuge Gateway and the Humbug Marsh unit of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. ($500,000)
- Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will install water control structures to restore the quality and aquatic connectivity of 940 contiguous acres of emergent wetlands adjacent to the Shiawassee River at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. ($1,500,000)
- Huron Pines Resource Conservation & Development Council and partners will replace 10 problematic road/stream crossings in the Thunder Bay River watershed to restore 124 miles of fish passage and reduce sediment loading to the river by 113 tons per year. ($420,000)
- Huron Pines Resource Conservation & Development Council and partners will replace three poorly performing road/stream crossings and install in-stream woody debris to restore 14 miles of fish passage, reduce sediment loading, and improve 10,000 feet of Blue Ribbon Trout stream. ($112,000)
- Lake Superior State University and partners will conduct surveys, monitoring, nest protection, captive rearing and invasive species control to improve reproductive success and nesting habitat for the endangered Great Lakes piping plover. ($150,000)
- Muskegon River Watershed Assembly and partners will stabilize banks and re-establish native tree canopy and understory to improve almost 7,900 feet of coldwater trout stream and 11 acres of riparian buffer along Cedar Creek. ($28,400)
- Stewardship Network and a network of partners will control invasive species on 148 acres within the River Raisin and Shiawassee River headwaters in southeastern Michigan to improve habitat for many species of conservation concern. ($124,840)
- Regents of the University of Michigan and partners will enhance 200 acres of floodplain, fen and adjacent uplands along Fleming Creek in southeastern Michigan to improve habitat for massasauga and other rare plants and wildlife. ($74,213)
- The Nature Conservancy and partners will restore the quality of coastal dunes and wetlands along the 505-mile shoreline of eastern Lake Michigan through early detection and control of 14 invasive plant species. ($1,020,432)
- Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council and partners will remove garlic mustard from 350 acres as part of a long-term strategy to eliminate the invasive species from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. ($150,000)
- Minnesota Trout Unlimited and partners will augment the quality of stream and riparian habitat along 4,500 feet of the Sucker River by installing in-stream woody debris and rock veins, controlling invasive plants, stabilizing banks, and restoring native vegetation. ($100,000)
- Buffalo Audubon Society and partners will control invasive species and establish native vegetation to restore and enhance 85 acres of critical bird habitat at Joseph Davis State Park along the Upper Niagara River Corridor. ($200,000)
- Town of West Seneca Conservation Commission and partners will restore a 30-acre oxbow wetland on Buffalo Creek and train volunteers in order to strengthen the town’s capacity to manage its Buffalo River tributary corridors. ($60,670)
- Cleveland Museum of Natural History and partners will conduct prescribed burns, control invasive species, and plant native vegetation to improve 70 acres of lake plain swamp forest within the Museum’s 329-acre Geneva Swamp Preserve. ($85,390)
- Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and partners will control invasive species and plant native seed to improve 50 acres of habitat along the Cuyahoga River in northern Ohio. ($40,000)
- Lake Metroparks will control invasive species on 22 acres of the Arcola Creek Estuary, 31 acres of upstream wetland habitat, and additional private lands along a 3.5-mile unit within the Arcola Creek watershed in northern Ohio. ($48,653)
- The Nature Conservancy and partners will conduct prescribed burns and invasive species control to restore 400 acres of wetlands and 100 acres of associated uplands within the Lakeplain Oak Openings region of Ohio and Michigan. ($869,189)
- Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation and partners will improve aquatic connectivity and fish passage between Big Creek Marsh and Long Point Bay by installing a large culvert/eco-passage under the Long Point Causeway. ($110,000)
- Grand River Conservation Authority and partners will convert 600 acres of erodible farmland to native riparian forest and grassland habitat as well as control invasive species on 134 acres of adjacent lands to prevent infestation of the restored areas. ($150,000)
- Bay Area Restoration Council and partners will restore wetlands and 4.6 miles of stream associated with Cootes Paradise Marsh and Hamilton Harbour through volunteer-based Adopt-a-Creek and Marsh Planting programs. ($30,000)
- Ducks Unlimited and partners will conduct prescribed burns and control invasive species to restore and enhance 392 acres of wetland and upland habitat at four locations within the Lake Erie watershed of Pennsylvania. ($632,603)
- Bad River Watershed Association and partners will replace two poorly performing culverts to restore 1.5 miles of upstream fish passage and improve 1,000 feet of in-stream habitat in the Bad River watershed. ($79,280)
- Riveredge Nature Center staff and nearly 300 volunteers will control invasive species to enhance 90 acres and 1.3 miles of stream within Riveredge Nature Center, a 379- acre environmental learning center in southeastern Wisconsin. ($31,803)
- Lake County Forest Preserve District and partners will enhance wildlife habitat by improving hydrology and restoring 690 acres of coastal lakeplain at Chiwaukee Prairie, Spring Bluff and Illinois Beach State Park.
- Save the Dunes Conservation Fund and partners will control invasive species,plant native species, and conduct prescribed burning to restore 14 acres of remnant foredune and savanna habitat at Stockwell Woods.
- Shirley Heinze Land Trust and partners will restore 47 acres of interdunal wetland habitats in the Indiana Dunes region to counter the effects of fire suppression and invasive species in the area.
- The Nature Conservancy will improve wildlife habitat and water quality by restoring 80 acres of wetlands and reforesting 500 acres of adjacent uplands in the Upper Saint Joseph watershed in Steuben County.
- City of Frankenmuth and partners will construct a "rock ramp" style fish passage sequence at the Frankenmuth Dam to restore connectivity to 73 stream miles and provide fish access to spawning habitat.
- Conservation Resource Alliance will improve habitat and restore connectivity along tributaries to the Upper Manistee River by removing 12 dams, improving a stream road crossing, and assisting private landowners.
- Ducks Unlimited and partners will restore and protect the ecology of lower Bowens Creek and Arcadia Marsh by acquiring 128 acres and restoring 10 miles of fish passage, 1 mile of channelized stream, and 75 acres of marsh.
- Huron Pines Resource Conservation & Development Council and partners will restore wildlife habitats and connectivity in Silver Creek by removing 9 fish barriers, installing 2,000 feet of buffer strips, and controlling invasive species on 20 acres.
- The Nature Conservancy and partners will conduct surveys, control, and monitoring of seven major invasive plants that threaten dunes, coastal wetlands and forests along the 505-mile shoreline of eastern Lake Michigan.
- Lake Superior State University and partners will conduct piping plover surveys, monitoring, nest protection, captive rearing and invasive species control to improve reproductive success and restore nesting habitat.
- Michigan State University and partners will develop a regional network to detect andcontrol non-native, invasive Phragmites along more than 100 miles of Michigan’s Lake Huron shoreline.
- Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council will work with partners to establish a network for identifying, monitoring and controlling invasive plants throughout the Upper Peninsula.
- Schrems West Michigan Chapter of Trout Unlimited and partners will improve more than 2,500 feet of habitat in the Coldwater River to reduce bank erosion and enhance populations of trout and other wildlife.
- Stewardship Network will coordinate volunteer efforts to remove an anticipated 150,000 pounds of invasive garlic mustard across the basin to improve habitat quality and reduce the risk of expansion into other areas.
- Stewardship Network will develop and distribute Field Workshop Kits that will enable sponsors and practitioners of workshops and workdays to plan and host science-based events in the Great Lakes basin.
- Western Reserve Land Conservancy and partners will protect 112 acres of globally imperiled and rare habitat on Kelleys Island through fee simple acquisition and conservation easements.
- The Nature Conservancy will improve wildlife habitat and hydrology by restoring 35 acres of wetland habitat and upland buffer on land recently added to the Kitty Todd Preserve in the Oak Openings Region.
- Credit River Anglers Association and partners will construct a fish ladder at Norval Dam along the Credit River in Ontario to allow passage of American eel, Atlantic salmon and other fish species.
- Elgin Stewardship Council will involve the local community in the restoration of wetland, tallgrass prairie and forest habitat on 120 acres of marginal farm land adjacent to Brock Creek in Elgin County.
- Hamilton Port Authority will add rock substrate and enhance existing structural elements to create a spawning shoal for lake herring, whitefish and other native fish in western Lake Ontario.
- Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership and partners will improve wildlife habitat and water quality by restoring 18 acres and 2,500 feet of stream bank along Centerville Creek in Manitowoc County.
- River Alliance of Wisconsin will construct a fish bypass around two dams on the Menominee River to facilitate downstream lake sturgeon migration and population growth in Lake Michigan.
- Alliance for the Great Lakes will, with collaboration from municipal and private property owners, revise and operate its Adopt-a-Beach program to support volunteer assessment and restoration of several stretches of the Lake Michigan shoreline.
- BOLD Chicago Institute and partners will educate students from 10 Chicago schools about biodiversity, wetlands, invasive species, and the natural and cultural history of the Lake Calumet region, as well as engage students in stewardship work at seven natural sites.
- Friends of the Forest Preserves and partners will provide local high school students with hands-on environmental training, education and summer employment within the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.
- Lake County Forest Preserve District will control invasive species and improve hydrology through selective plant removal, prescribed burning and culvert replacement at Spring Bluff, a 234-acre Illinois Nature Preserve.
- South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association and partners will create a Lake Riverdale Sustainable Master Plan that will highlight opportunities to restore natural areas, develop trails and greenways, and improve Lake Riverdale water quality.
- Elkhart County Drainage Board will solidify a partnership for the long-term stabilization of the entire Baugo Creek system and implement four habitat improvement projects based on recommendations of the 2004 watershed management plan.
- Save the Dunes Conservation Fund will restore 37 acres of riparian wetlands and woodlands and mesic/upland forest and savanna associated with Trail Creek Fen in La Porte County.
- Shirley Heinze Land Trust and partners will use mechanical vegetation removal, prescribed burning and native plantings to restore 45 acres of fire-suppressed, remnant bur oak savanna habitat in the Hobart Marsh complex of northwest Indiana.
- Clinton River Watershed Council and partners will remove two dams on the North Branch of the Clinton River to restore connectivity to 93 stream miles and allow fish access to some of the highest-quality habitat in the river.
- Conservation Resource Alliance and partners will remove the Manton Millpond Dam in Wexford County and restore the currently impounded stream to improve fish passage and aquatic habitat.
- Michigan Department of Natural Resources and partners will remove two dams in the Thornapple River and Butternut Creek to restore floodplain function and restore 165 miles of passage for fish and other aquatic organisms.
- Michigan State University and partners will take a regional approach to assess, prioritize and build long-term capacity for detection and treatment of Phragmites and other invasive plants in northwest Lower Michigan’s coastal zone.
- The Nature Conservancy and partners in the Central Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area will restore and protect Great Lakes shoreline and upland habitats by removing invasive plants and educating the public on invasive species.
- The Nature Conservancy will replace a stream crossing on the South Branch of the Two Hearted River to improve fish access to 24 miles of habitat, improve vehicle access and safety, and improve water quality in the stream.
- Izaak Walton League of America and partners will engage students, schools and community-based organizations in environmental education, water quality monitoring and restoration activities within the Lake Ontario watershed.
- Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District and partners will inventory and prioritize potential sites for stormwater retrofit projects and implement a Residential Best Management Practices Program in target subwatersheds tributary to Lake Erie.
- West Creek Preservation Committee will restore 300 linear feet of West Creek immediately upstream of the Cuyahoga River to reduce sediment and pollution loading and improve aquatic habitat.
- Bay Area Restoration Council and partners will restore and monitor coastal wetland and tributary habitat associated with Cootes Paradise Marsh and Hamilton Harbour through its Adopt-a-Creek program.
- Nature-Action Quebec and partners will conserve and improve habitat along the St. Lawrence River by protecting 700 feet of shoreline against erosion, planting windbreaks along three miles of river and enhancing 85 acres of riverside parks.
- Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and partners will restore natural hydrology and vegetation to a farmed wetland on the Little Menomonee River to reduce nonpoint source pollution, reduce flood damage and enhance wildlife habitat.
- Gathering Waters Conservancy and partners will use the Trust for Public Land’s Greenprint model to produce a regional conservation plan designed to protect high-priority tributaries and coastal habitat in Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan basin.
- Bayfield County Land and Water Conservation Department and partners will provide education, resources and tools to local communities and land owners to help them prevent and control invasive species in the Lake Superior watershed.
- Bad River Watershed Association will develop a watershed action plan for the Marengo River basin that coordinates watershed improvement and land-use planning activities among local citizens, governments and natural resource agencies.
- Bird Studies Canada will coordinate bird and amphibian surveys to trackprogress toward achieving wildlife and habitat delisting criteria identified within the Buffalo River and Niagara River Area of Concern Remedial Action Plans.(New York and Ontario)
- The Field Museum and partners will engage teachers and students in environmental education in the 15,000-acre Calumet region of northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana. (Illinois and Indiana)
- Fishin' Buddies will coordinate a Youth Conservation Conference and follow-up internships that expose at-risk high school students to conservation management careers while engaging them in hands-on restoration actions. (Illinois and Indiana)
- Izaak Walton League of America – The Great Lakes Clean Boats Campaign will help to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species by raising awareness among boaters and anglers about invasive species through educational events and public service announcements.
- Lake County Stormwater Management Commission – The project will produce a stream corridor restoration plan for Dead Dog Creek, guide stewardship and restoration activities, and help improve water quality in Lake Michigan.
- The Nature Conservancy – This project will establish a program to detect an invasion of Hydrilla verticillata in Indiana. The effort will provide a framework to coordinate surveillance efforts between state agencies and community partners.
- Alger Conservation District – This project will reduce sediment by replacing inappropriately sized culverts at four priority sites on tributaries to Lake Superior. This effort also involves stream restoration and an inventory of road-stream crossings in Alger County.
- Monroe County – This project will increase the amount of land devoted to natural habitat in the county by converting 10 acres of county parks into native habitat, controlling exotic species on 200 acres and providing examples of native habitats on public lands.
- Michigan State University – This project will develop quantifiable metrics for prairie fen restoration projects and create a pocket field guide that supports fen restoration and monitoring.
- The Nature Conservancy – In an effort to improve reproductive success for piping plover, the project will remove invasive species from 30 miles of prime nesting habitat and provide educational information to visitors near plover nesting sites.
- Superior Watershed Partnership – This project will improve sections of the Salmon Trout River watershed by restoring three miles of stream habitat for fish, reducing sediment input into the river, and collecting data for long-term evaluation of coaster brook trout habitat.
- Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council – This project will protect the diversity of aquatic habitats in the Cheboygan River by controlling sediment, nutrients and invasive species.
- The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay – This project will conduct a survey of macrophyte beds, comparing current growth and densities of macrophytes to previous studies in Grand Traverse Bay to better understand the ecosystem dynamics and avian botulism.
- Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper – The project will restore 14 acres of floodplain forest and riparian wetland on Buffalo Creek. In addition, workshops with local landowners and a manual on watershed restoration will to promote local stewardship.
- The Nature Conservancy – This project involves a comprehensive analysis of invasive species on portions of the Tug Hill plateau, as well as the development of an invasive plant identification guide, training workshop and best management practices to control the spread of invasive species.
- The Lake Erie-Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity – This project will promote collaborative conservation among more than 20 conservation organizations in Northeast Ohio by setting up a funding mechanism for wetlands restoration and water quality improvement.
- Ohio Environmental Council – This project will advance vernal pool conservation by promoting a vernal pool curriculum, training volunteers in monitoring and developing a vernal pool video.
- The City of Manitowoc Parks and Recreation Department – The project will stabilize 400 feet of shoreline in Red Arrow Beach Park through the creation of sand dunes, restoration of native dune vegetation and development of public educational displays about dune ecosystems.
- Ozaukee Washington Land Trust – Through the removal of invasive plants on 600 acres, planting of 10,000 tree seedlings and volunteer education, the project will restore and improve 1,000 acres of forests, wetlands and prairies in the Lake Michigan basin.