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  1. Coastal Program-Great Lakes East Lansing Field Office Craig Czarnecki Bob Kavetsky Ashland Fishery Resources Office Mark Dryer Ted Koehler

  2. Helping Keep the Great Lakes Great

  3. Coastal Program-Great Lakes

  4. Emerging Program • “Hatched” FY 2000 • ELFO / AFRO Approach • Initial Partner Synergy Lynell Hanson SLRCAC

  5. GREAT Lakes • Fourth Largest U.S. Coastline • The Premier Fresh Water System on Earth • 18% of World’s Fresh Water Supply • 1/10 of the U.S. Population Lives in Basin • ¼ of Canadian Population • Binational

  6. Great Lakes Program Focus • Restoration • Research • Invasive Species • Fish Passage • Education

  7. Variety of Ecotypes • Urban • Nearshore • Estuary • Wetland • Stream

  8. Emphasizing Partnerships • States • Tribes • NGO’s • Local Government • Federal Agencies • Educational Institutions

  9. Project Locations Multi-Lake or Basin Wide Projects

  10. . St. Louis River Partnership • St. Louis River Habitat Plan • Restoration • Invasives • Education

  11. . Kakagon Slough Rail Survey • Mark / Recapture • Playback Surveys • Tribally Significant • 16,000 Acre Coastal / Wild Rice Wetland

  12. . Oak Island Sandscape • Apostle Islands NL • Sandscape Restoration • Exotic Removal • Native Planting

  13. . Kenosha Days of Discovery • Coastal Ecosystem Education • Lake Watch Expeditions • Students Onboard

  14. Muskegon Lake Wild Rice and Emergent Vegetation Demo • Began in FY 2003 and completed in FY 2005 • 5 areas, over 11 acres, planted with wild rice and emergent vegetation. • Demonstrations on private or State bottom lands for restoration • Phased approach, establish bullrush, other outer plants/barriers first

  15. . Muskegon Lake and Estuary • Protective wave baffles, temporary fencing • Native stands • Local environmental, tribal and sportsman's group volunteers in partnership, and assisting spin-off efforts .

  16. Bigelow Creek • Log outline and brush bundles to move bank back to original location and narrow stream to move sand and deepen channel • Log outline and brush to reestablish bank • 4 private landowner agreements

  17. . Engineered Log Jams Lenawee Creek • Low Impact Methods • Native Brook Trout

  18. Pike River Dam Removal • Fish and Other Aquatic Life Barrier

  19. Pike River Dam Removal . • Passage Restored • Reconnected 25 Miles

  20. . Belle Isle Restorations • Coastal Wetland Restoration • Native Plant Census • Soft Shoreline Engineering Demo http://www.tellusnews.com/ahr/softeng.html

  21. . Lakeplain Prairie Restoration • Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid • 188 Acres • 10 Year Monitoring Plan

  22. Little Program / Big Impact Coastal Program-Great Lakes Initiated in 2000 • 2764 Acres Restored or Enhanced • 100 Miles of Riparian and Instream Habitat Restored or Enhanced • 6 Fish Passage Barriers Removed • Multiple Education, Invasive Species, and Research Partnerships Funded

  23. Greg Fischer Quote “With the support of the USFWS Coastal Program the Bad River Tribe has been able to accomplish important habitat projects benefiting native species in areas of cultural significance.” Tom Doolittle Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

  24. Coastal Program-Great Lakes • Unique Resources and Partnerships • Positive Ecosystem Impacts http://greatlakes.fws.gov/glcoastal.htm