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GLIN==> Wetlands Consortium to begin field study this year

The Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Consortium selected six research projects
that will lead to a long-term Great Lakes coastal wetlands monitoring
strategy.  The purpose of this work is to test the usefulness and
applicability of various methods and metrics across the basin in a
collaborative fashion.  Project work will take place in over 30 wetland
sites distributed across the Great Lakes basin.  Information will be
collected and analyzed on all of the Consortiumís pre-selected indicators,
which include biological measures, physical and chemical measures, and
landscape measures.  A total of $300,000 was awarded for this work and over
$110,000 of additional match funding was leveraged for the projects.  The
data will be centrally compiled at the end of project work so that
cross-site comparisons can be done.  The brief descriptions below provide
the scope of each of the funded projects.

For further information on the Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Consortium,
please visit the website at www.glc.org/monitoring/wetlands/ or contact Ric
Lawson at 734-665-9135, rlawson@glc.org or John Hummer; jhummer@glc.org.

Principle Investigator: Mark Bain, Cornell University
- This project will examine all Consortium indicators across wetlands of two
types in the Lake Ontario basin.  The work will build on concurrent study
under the Biocomplexity Project.

Principle Investigator:  Ferenc de Szalay, Kent State University
- A diverse team of scientists from two universities and the Cleveland
Museum of Natural History will focus on biological indicators on six
wetlands (including two different classifications) in the Lake Erie basin.

Principle Investigator: Joel Ingram, Environment Canada
- A collaborative team from the Canadian Wildlife Service will focus on
examining indicators across 12 wetlands of two types on the Canadian side of
the Lake Ontario basin.

Principle Investigator: Steve Timmermans, Bird Studies Canada
- The team from Bird Studies Canada will coordinate the collection of bird
and amphibian data for all teams in the study and conduct a basinwide
analysis of this data.  The possibility of developing indices of biotic
integrity (IBIs) for birds and amphibians will also be examined.
Additionally, they will conduct site-specific analyses of the full range of
indicators at a wetland site in the Lake Erie basin.

Principle Investigator:  Don Uzarski, Grand Valley State University
- A collaborative team from Grand Valley State University and Michigan State
University will evaluate a broad range of indicators at numerous sites in
the Lake Michigan and Lake Huron basins.  They also seek to build on
previous work and refine the development of IBIs for plants and

Principle Investigator: Doug Wilcox, U.S. Geological Survey, Great Lakes
Science Center
- This project will conduct a thorough examination of all Consortium
indicators at a protected embayment of Arcadia Lake, which is in the Lake
Michigan basin.

     Ric Lawson
     Great Lakes Commission
     Argus II Building
     400 Fourth St.
     Ann Arbor, MI  48103-4816
     Ph: 734-665-9135
     Fax: 734-665-4370

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