The Alliance for the Great Lakes, with municipal and private property owner collaboration revised and operated its Adopt-a-Beach program to support volunteer assessment and restoration of several stretches of Lake Michigan shoreline. The Adopt-a-Beach process was applied at individual sites in Illinois to identify restoration opportunities, involve the community, create the natural habitat design, develop a restoration plan, and engage volunteers to implement the plan and maintain the site. The resulting work was a transferable model that can be used in other appropriate areas along the Great Lakes shoreline and could be expanded to complement the Alliance’s regional Adopt-a-Beach program. The goals of this project were to: 1) establish an educated core constituency in support of achieving invasive species control and habitat restoration at Great Lakes beach ecosystems; 2) train key volunteer groups in the monitoring and restoration of beach habitats; 3) pursue multiple volunteer-supported pilot projects as a demonstration of the vitality of the new program; and 4) enable integration of habitat data into the Alliance’s Adopt-a-Beach database. The project’s goal was to eventually result in the education of more than 6,000 volunteers around the Great Lakes basin through the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach program.
Along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Illinois