Proceedings from the July workshop, Restoring Fish and Wildlife in Michigan's Great Lakes Areas of Concern: Establishing a Pathway for Action, are now online at http://www.glc.org/spac/proceedings/fish-wildlife.html. The workshop, held July 21, 2004 at the Holiday Inn Express-Monroe, was sponsored by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-Great Lakes National Program Office, Great Lakes Commission, Michigan Statewide Public Advisory Council, and the River Raisin Watershed Council.
The workshop outlined a process for achieving restoration goals and delisting fish and wildlife impairments in Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern. Workshop presentations assessed the status of restoration efforts for fish and wildlife in the Areas of Concern and provided a recommended “pathway” for establishing measurable targets for fish and wildlife habitat, populations, and benthic communities. The program showcased successful local efforts; highlighted opportunities to integrate habitat restoration into other remediation activities; and identified follow-up actions to assist public advisory councils and their partners in developing restoration plans for their Areas of Concern.
The proceedings include an introduction, the workshop agenda and participants list, and the PowerPoint presentation and abstract from each speaker.
Highlights from the workshop proceedings include:
- An opening session by Keith Bowers, chair of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), who provided an introduction to the field of ecosystem restoration. Along with his presentation, there is a link to a "SER Primer on Ecological Restoration."
- An overview presentation by Karen Rodriguez and James Schardt, U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office, which illustrated the linkage between ecosystem restoration and Area of Concern delisting. This presentation also includes a related document, "Pathway for Delisting Three Beneficial Use Impairments in Great Lakes Areas of Concern." Its focus is on impairments related to fish and wild populations, degradation of benthos, and fish and wildlife habitat.
- A session on "Programs and Methodologies for Establishing Restoration Targets for Fisheries and Benthic Communities."
- A session on "Practical Steps in Restoration Planning and Target Setting for Fish and Wildlife."
For more information about this workshop and related Areas of Concern efforts, contact Matt Doss at the Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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