# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
0939 The GRAND Learning Network: An Implementation Model for Place-Based Great Lakes Stewardship Education in Mid-Michigan

The GRAND Learning Network features a formalized professional learning community of teachers, who thoroughly understand place-based education and Great Lakes stewardship and provides leadership to colleagues. Leadership for the Network’s operation also comes from Michigan State University (the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Education and Natural Science), a practicing K-12 teacher, and a Distinguished Advisory Group. The intended audiences are about 2,000 students and 160 K-12 teachers, representing five school districts in the Greater Lansing area (ranging from rural to urban), and about 10 community organizations. A core group of teachers first developed and then shared tools and resources with their colleagues, who in turn worked with their students to carry out place-based education projects of local relevance.

Board Decision Year: 2008
Michigan State University - Office of Contract & Grant Administration (East Lansing) Brubaker, Robert R. (862@glftnoemail.org) Completed $197,211.95
0938 Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative

The Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative worked with 46 teachers and their 1,350 students in 11 school buildings (7 districts) during the 2008-09 school year. During the course of the grant period, the number of community partners increased from 13 to 44, including the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College. An ambitious and well-defined plan of professional development for teachers addressed needs in both content and pedagogy. A wide variety of collaborative, community-based projects were completed through mini-grants awarded by the hub to project teams (comprised of community partners and students, teachers, and administrators from participating schools). The hub made excellent progress in addressing the issue of organizational sustainability: Michigan Technological University and the US Forest Service are requesting funding for the initiative as part of their grant applications to other funders; the hub is working to establish an endowment fund at the local community foundation; and the hub is integrating their work with an existing service learning program. The hub’s organizational structure is sound and features written policies and well-defined roles and responsibilities for all participants. This hub applied for and was awarded a continuation grant through the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

Board Decision Year: 2007
The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education - Copper Country Intermediate School District (Hancock) Oppliger, Shawn (shawn@copperisd.org) Completed $190,362.49
0933 Implementing the Southeastern Michigan Center for Place-Based Education

The Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition initially engaged eight schools, but two of these left the program early on, owing to external circumstances within their districts. Professional development for teachers in the remaining six schools was conducted throughout the grant period, with 14 educators and their students in two school districts slated to field collaborative, community-based projects. The hub focuses on the interconnectedness of ecological, social and cultural systems, and uses ecojustice to frame issues of local importance. In one school, community-based projects centered on the health of neighborhoods and the remediation of brownfields. In the second school, community-based projects related to watershed revitalization. The hub engaged an impressive variety of community organizations, including Matrix Theater Company, National Wildlife Federation, and the Michigan Coalition of Essential Schools. The leadership of the hub is shared by a team of committed people who represent various stakeholders in the work, including a K-12 school administrator, a faculty member at a university, an active community partner, and an expert in K-12 school reform. This hub applied for and was awarded a continuation grant through the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Eastern Michigan University - Office of Research Development (Ypsilanti) Davis, Claresta (cstevens@emich.edu) Completed $175,089.18
0931 Access to Amenities in Mears State Park

This project provides anglers using the Pentwater Pier and the canal access to amenities within Mears State Park via a concrete walkway that connects to a Corps of Engineers walkway spur.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation Division (Cadillac) Rife, Troy (rifet@michigan.gov) Completed $102,253.92
0930 Lake Fanny Hooe Fishing Pier at Fort Wilkins State Park

This project provides new recreational fishing access by constructing a fishing pier on Lake Fanny Hooe, which is connected to Lake Superior.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation Division (Cheboygan) Cheli, Keith (chelik@michigan.gov) Completed $133,263.19
0927 Deerlick Creek Park

This grant allowed South Haven Township to purchase 2.1 acres to provide access to 170 feet of Lake Michigan frontage and 0.82 acres of wetland and floodplain along Deerlick Creek (a MDNR-designated trout stream and smelt dipping area). This area has been important to fishermen for over 100 years and there was widespread community support for this project. South Haven Township was awarded $1million from Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF).

Board Decision Year: 2007
South Haven Charter Township (South Haven) Stein, Ross (stein@vbisd.org) Completed $111,500.00
0926 Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway Fishing Access Facility: Design and Engineering

This project allowed for construction of a new fishing pier and boat dock at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway site. The project included construction of an aggregate access road, a boardwalk out into the Detroit River, a floating dock system, and a newly constructed dike providing accessible fishing access to one of the largest walleye fisheries in North America. The GLFT provided the funding for engineering and design of the site.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC) (Detroit) Phillips, Susan J. (phillips@semcog.org) Completed $166,601.57
0925 Manistee Lake Fishing Piers: Increased and Improved Recreational Access to the Great Lake Fisheries

This project provides increased recreational access to the Great Lakes fishery, including increased access for tribal recreational and subsistence fishing. Universally accessible fishing piers and directional and educational signage were constructed at two optimal locations on Manistee Lake for targeting migratory Great Lakes species and migrating coolwater species. An additional objective of this project was to build upon concurrent planning processes to identify additional prime locations for sites that would provide increased universal access to the Great Lakes fishery in connecting waters throughout Manistee County.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Alliance for Economic Success (Manistee) Fuller, Cyndy (cyndy@allianceforeconomicsuccess.com) Completed $289,450.00
0924 Sebewaing County Park Shore Fishing Access

The Sebewaing County Park shore fishing access project provides free, handicapped-accessible shore fishing on three different platforms in the popular County Park at the mouth of the Sebewaing River on Lake Huron. The project included new access to a shore island via a footbridge, bank stabilization, and handicapped-accessible walkways.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Huron County - Parks Department (Bad Axe) Romzek, Steve (lorie@spicergroup.com) Completed $192,000.00
0923 Manistique River Shore Fishing Access Site Project

The project was intended to provide public access shore-fishing opportunities on the only publicly owned river frontage within the City of Manistique. The project included construction of public access piers on the Manistique River 1,600 feet above the river mouth, utilizing existing shore support facilities at the West Shore Boat Launching Facility, and the installation of three  30-foot-by-24-foot ADA-compliant cantilevered piers paralleling river frontage accessible by boardwalk from the boat launch facility.

Board Decision Year: 2007
City of Manistique (Manistique) Aldrich, Sheila (saldrich@chartermi.net) Completed $383,313.00
0921 River Woods on the Trail: Black River Access and Kal-Haven Trail Interconnectivity

The grant provided funds to construct two 6' x 40' cantilevered fishing piers at key locations on the Black River. Both piers are barrier free and accessible by boardwalk and the Kal-Haven Trail in South Haven Township.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Association for RiverWoods on the Trail - Infrastructure C&E (Jenison) Parman, Joe (parmanj@vbco.org) Completed $15,709.00
0919 Environment Report

The Environment Report, a free environmental news service for public radio stations nationwide, used this grant for the production of eight feature-length radio stories that will educate the public on fishery habitat, fish populations and health, angling access, and the integrity of the Great Lakes ecosystem. The project had an advisory group that was consulted as needed throughout the year and provided post-production evaluative advice for the ongoing direction of projects.

Board Decision Year: 2007
University of Michigan - The Environment Report (Ann Arbor) Han, Ellen Rinck (erinck@umich.edu) Completed $20,000.00
0914 The Headwaters Project: Sustainable Great Lakes Stewardship in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

A the largest city in the Upper Peninsula, Marquette (21,977 population) served as the regional hub for most planning activities of the numerous project partners. Marquette is also home to the Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) and the Marquette Alger Regional Educational Service Agency (MARESA), which jointly coordinated the planning process for this project. MARESA includes 13 regional school districts and is affiliated with Northern Michigan University and the Seaborg Center for Teaching and Learning Science and Mathematics.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Superior Watershed Partnership (Marquette) Cody, Sarah (lindq@portup.com) Completed $20,000.00
0912 UM-Dearborn Stewardship Initiative

This Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative Planning Grant focused on increasing environmental stewardship of the Great Lakes within the Alliances of Rouge Communities and Downriver Communities, which includes 77 municipalities, three major universities, three community college systems, and more than 40 K-12 school districts. Its geographic and programmatic hub was the Environmental Interpretive Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Regents of the University of Michigan - Office of Contract Administration (Ann Arbor) Allan, Chris (cjallan@umich.edu) Completed $14,778.93
0911 Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Planning Initiative: Planning Toward a Regional Network "Hub" in Support of Great Lakes and Ecosystem Education and Stewardship

Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District received a capacity-building grant through the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative to continue a discussion in the region about how best to promote and support Great Lakes and aquatic educational programs for K-12 students. Grant funds were used to convene the second annual Northeast Michigan Great Lakes and Aquatic Education Networking Meeting in Alpena in November 2007. Thirty-five people (including 11 teachers) representing more than 30 different organizations, affiliations and businesses discussed the need for environmental education leading to stewardship.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District (Alpena) Goren, Gary (goreng@amaesd.k12.mi.us) Completed $5,213.50
0910 Nurturing Teacher-Leaders for Advancement of Place-Based Great Lakes Stewardship Education in Mid-Michigan

This project to plan for place-based stewardship education in the mid-Michigan, Grand River Watershed region engaged schools and community partners from four counties surrounding Lansing (Ingham, Eaton, Clinton and Shiawassee Counties). Five school districts were involved, ranging from urban (Lansing's Cavanaugh and Post Oak Elementary Schools), to a suburban school (Holt), a highly resourced school (Haslett), a rapidly suburbanizing district (Bath), and a rural school (Laingsburg). From August through October 2007, 86 people were convened to plan place-based Great Lakes Stewardship Education. The planning included these phases: 1) a "teacher leader" group of seven teachers involved in place-based stewardship education (PBSE); 2) a "think tank" of youth and their parents who have experienced PBSE; and 3) school-community partnership planning meetings for the region.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Coon, Thomas (coontg@msu.edu) Completed $17,143.67
0909 Manistee County Great Lakes Water Stewardship Satellite Plan

The foundation was awarded a capacity-building grant through the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative to explore how a community interested in pursuing the initiative’s goals and strategies might collaborate with one of the initiative’s regional hubs to develop a “satellite” that serves K-12 teachers, students, and community organizations.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Manistee County Community Foundation (Manistee) Ervin, Tim (2943@glftnoemail.org) Completed $5,213.50
0907 Making Connections in the River Raisin Watershed

The focus of the study was the River Raisin Watershed, though schools that are adjacent to this watershed were not excluded. The entire watershed is approximately 1,072 square miles and the River Raisin itself is approximately 150 miles long. As of 2000, the watershed was home to 140,000 people.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Monroe Public Schools - Bolles Harbor Mathematics and Science Center (Monroe) Green, William (greent@monroe.k12.mi.us) Completed $19,900.00
0906 Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative

The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education focused its Great Lakes stewardship efforts in the five western counties of Michigan's Upper Peninsula: Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw, Gogebic, and Ontonagon. The Center worked closely with the other five math/science centers in the Upper Peninsula to share strategies, resources, and professional development opportunities in order to facilitate their future engagement in this effort.
The Western Upper Peninsula encompasses 19 school districts, two intermediate school districts (Copper Country ISD and Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD), and two tribal communities: Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and Lac Vieux Desert Band of Chippewa.

Board Decision Year: 2007
The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education - Copper Country Intermediate School District (Hancock) Oppliger, Shawn (shawn@copperisd.org) Completed $15,886.68
0905 GLSI Planning Grant for a West Michigan Stewardship Hub

The region serviced by this grant (Muskegon, Oceana, Newaygo, and the northern portion of Ottawa County) is in the southwestern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and encompasses just over one million acres. The 22 public K-12 school districts in the region span the entire urban/rural and rich/poor continuum.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District - Regional Mathematics and Science Center (Muskegon) Krebs, Dave (dkrebs@muskegonisd.org) Completed $17,310.00
0904 Planning for a South Eastern Michigan Regional Hub for Place-Based Education

A regional hub promoted a vision of shared stewardship for southeastern Michigan, a 4,602-square-mile region that includes Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Eastern Michigan University - Institute for the Study of Children, Families, and Communities (Ypsilanti) Martusewicz, Rebecca (rmartusew@emich.edu) Completed $17,702.00
0903 Bridgeton Township Land Acquisition

This grant allowed for the acquisition of approximately five acres of property adjacent to the Bridgeton Township Boat Launch Facility on the Muskegon River to provide for current and future use, access, and safety.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Bridgeton Township (Fremont) Kooistra, Richard (2935@glftnoemail.org) Completed $26,035.00
0902 Lightfoot Bay Cooperative Coastal Wetlands Acquisition Project

The Lightfoot Bay Wetlands project is a multi-partner effort to secure conservation protection of 214 acres of Great Lakes coastal wetland and fishery habitat including 6,500 feet of wetlands shoreline and a half-mile of Great Lakes shoreline through acquisition and long-term management. The project yields substantive and unique public access, recreation, and educational opportunities.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Keweenaw Land Trust (Hancock) Toczydlowksi, Patricia (pat@keweenawlandtrust.org) Completed $150,000.00
0886 Mapping the Condition of Diporeia: Insights to Mechanisms of Declines

Although the collapse of Diporeia in the Great Lakes is a well-documented phenomenon, causes for their demise remain unknown. The objectives of this project were three-fold: 1) in the laboratory, characterize metabolite profiles in Diporeia after exposure to environmental stressors using metabolomics; 2) apply these findings to natural populations to aid in the identification of causes for population declines; and 3) evaluate the extent of genetic variation of Diporeia spp. populations in the Great Lakes. 

Board Decision Year: 2007
Purdue University - Sponsored Program Services (Chicago) Sepulveda, Maria (mssepulv@purdue.edu) Completed $569,513.00
0883 Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus in the Great Lakes

Western Fisheries Research Center used laboratory challenges to compare the effects of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) on important native and introduced Great Lakes species including salmonids (e.g., lake trout, Chinook). New detection tools for water or tissue samples were developed and validated. Nonlethal sampling methods and serological assays were tested. Results and recommendations were presented at workshops. The information and tools from the project are critical to our furthering our understanding of VHSV in the Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Western Fisheries Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey - Fish Health Section (Seattle) Winton, James (jim_winton@usgs.gov) Completed $782,333.58