The following principles define the values and expectations that govern the GLFT’s investment in habitat protection and restoration.

Efforts to protect and restore key habitat in the Great Lakes depend on the ability of funders, agencies, and other stakeholders to create high-functioning and resilient partnerships. Accordingly, the GLFT will engage, collaborate, and communicate with a broad array of stakeholders and with existing habitat partnerships in its habitat-related efforts.

Land acquisition, dam removal, fish passage, and other capital projects are highly resource-intensive, and as a leading strategy, would quickly exhaust the resources of the GLFT. The GLFT will limit its direct investment in land and capital projects to situations where the habitat opportunity is prime, other funders are contributing, long-term management is assured, and the proposed acquisition or project has the strongest community support and interest.

Dissemination of information generated through the habitat initiative is critical to the undertaking and will be proactively managed and supported by the GLFT to ensure that intended audiences are connected to information relevant to their circumstances.

The GLFT believes in the importance of sharing project information in forms that are accessible, understandable, and digestible by key audiences. Key audiences for habitat include public and private funders, management agencies, conservation and community-based organizations, and federal, state, and local policymakers.