The following principles define the values and expectations that govern the GLFT’s investment in the other Great Lakes stewardship efforts.

Stewardship involves both knowledge and action. The GLFT supports efforts that incorporate both of these elements.

Direct experiences with natural resources can be powerful motivators to action. The GLFT places priority on efforts that incorporate outdoor experiences, particularly those that engage people or groups that have historically lacked access to such experiences.

Efforts focusing on youth (K–12 students) must be cognizant of, and aligned to, Michigan’s educational reform priorities, even if not seated in the formal education system. These priorities emphasize student achievement, content mastery, school-community connections, and teacher professional development.

Stewardship efforts must incorporate evaluation, communications, and a sustainability plan. Additionally, efforts in a region served by a GLSI hub must establish an appropriate connection to the hub.

Stewardship efforts should reflect and serve the goal of building partnership and collaboration in the Great Lakes region.