# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
1129 Restoring fishery resources in the upper Great Lakes: Enhancing research capacity at Lake Superior State University

LSSU’s Aquatic Research Lab (ARL) has experienced tremendous growth in fisheries research and education over the past decade. However, the facility can no longer meet current demands. This proposal seeks funding to help enhance the ARL’s facilities to address demands for timely fish disease information and fisheries research in the upper Great Lakes. The requested funding is part of a larger project to expand classroom space, outreach, and enhance rearing and analytical testing facilities.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Lake Superior State University (Sault Ste. Marie) Moerke, Ashley (amoerke@lssu.edu) Active $450,000.00
1126 Grand Traverse Regional Hub for Place-Based Education

This Implementation Plan describes the proposed activities for the new Grand Traverse Regional Hub for Place-Based Education as part of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust's Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. The Implementation Plan incorporates the needs and capacities of a variety of academic and community partners in the region that are eager to incorporate sustained professional development for teachers, school-community partnerships and place-based education into their work…with an ultimate goal of Great Lakes stewardsh

Board Decision Year: 2009
Grand Traverse Conservation District (Traverse City) Masterson-Bzdok, Colleen (cmasterson@gtcd.org) Completed $149,461.00
1124 Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway Fishing Access Facility

The Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC) is requesting financial support to construct a fishing access facility at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway. Construction documents for this facility were developed through funds awarded by the GLFT in 2008. This proposal seeks funding for the remaining two phases of this project: construction of the fishing access facility and design / construction of a restroom facility adjacent to the new fishing facility.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC) (Detroit) Egelton, Jody (egelton@semcog.org) Completed $600,000.00
1122 Explore the Shores: Expanding Recreational Access for All to the Great Lakes Fisheries-Bar Lake Outlet

Explore the Shores is the implementation of a vital component of Manistee County's visioning process: providing increased recreational access to the Great Lakes fishery for people of all ages and abilities. The project is built on four themes: 1) water stewardship; 2) the life cycles of native and non-native migratory fish species; 3) "teach a person to fish;" and 4) the importance of universal access to our quality of life and economic well-being.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Manistee County Community Foundation (Manistee) Heintzelman, Laura (lheintzelman@manisteefoundation.org) Completed $81,488.00
1114 Great Lakes Environmental News Service

This project developed a plan to expand an environmental news service operated by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University. Through this effort, the project team  developed and evaluated strategies to garner greater support from Great Lakes funders, and enhance partnerships with news organizations to distribute content. The project team also examined  funding models and structures of other nonprofit news services.

Board Decision Year: 2009
David Poulson - Knight Center for Environmental Journalism (East Lansing) Detjen, James (detjen@msu.edu) Completed $9,939.36
1113 MUCC’s MOOD U: The Science of Great Lakes Fisheries/Aquatic Resources Management

MUCC’s Institute for Conservation Education (ICE) increased awareness and understanding of the biological, economic, and social science supporting natural resources management decisions to ultimately motivate citizens of all ages to move from education to active and dedicated stewardship of Michigan’s natural resources.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Michigan United Conservation Clubs (Lansing) Spray, Amy (atrotter@mucc.org) Completed $90,500.00
1112 Implementing the Flint Area Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative Hub

The Flint Area Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative helped students learn about local community issues. Place-based education was used as the tool to help teachers and students feel more empowered to enact local changes.

Board Decision Year: 2009
The Regents of the University of Michigan - U of M - Flint (Flint) Sanker, Leyla (lsanker@umflint.edu) Completed $222,326.10
1110 Groundswell

This project increased environmental stewardship within the Grand River Watershed in Kent County through education in school settings and community-school partnerships. It worked with community organizations to create a systemic and comprehensive “hub” aimed at promoting and addressing community engagement to further develop environmental stewardship in Kent County.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Grand Valley State University - Center For Educational Partnerships (Grand Rapids) Pelon, Clayton (pelonc@gvsu.edu) Completed $218,988.69
1109 Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative: Implementing a Regional Network's Vision and Strategy to enhance Resource Stewardship and Youth Development through Place-Based Education

This project implemented a regionally developed vision, direction, and strategic plan to establish and launch a regional network of partners and programming in support of place-based or community-based education programming in Northeast Michigan. Programming to serve and support Great Lakes stewardship education and project opportunities with school and community partners in Cheboygan-Otsego-Presque Isle and Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District was also developed.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan - Northeast Michigan (Alpena) Heraghty, Patrick (pheraghty@cfnem.org) Completed $229,692.05
1107 Arcadia Marsh Restoration and Access Project

The purpose of this project was to secure the purchase of 128 acres of the Arcadia Marsh, a Great Lakes coastal emergent wetland, near Arcadia, MI.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy - Land and Stewardship (Traverse City) Sullivan, Chris (csullivan@gtrlc.org) Completed $176,650.00
1104 West Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

The goal of Muskegon Area ISD Continuation Grant was, through K-12 Place-Based Education, to foster stewardship of Great Lakes, Implement communications plan, and institutionalize place-based education as key research-based instructional method

Board Decision Year: 2009
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District - Regional Mathematics and Science Center (Muskegon) Krebs, Dave (dkrebs@muskegonisd.org) Completed $221,069.18
1103 Continuation Proposal for the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative to the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

This project allowed students and teachers to work with community partners and take environmental action using informed decisions concerning the stewardship of their local watershed.

Board Decision Year: 2009
The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education - Copper Country Intermediate School District (Hancock) Oppliger, Shawn (shawn@copperisd.org) Completed $188,417.83
1094 Great Lakes Coverage Project

Ongoing support for The Environment Report for their ongoing work to provide information to individuals in Michigan and thoughout the Nation about Great Lakes ecology issues. This grant will provide support for this unique service that combines the distinctive powers of public radio and the internet with a passion and dedication to create a better balance with the natural world.

Board Decision Year: 2009
University of Michigan - The Environment Report (Ann Arbor) Han, Ellen Rinck (erinck@umich.edu) Completed $25,045.00
1093 Next Steps - MRWA Action Plan for the Muskegon River Watershed

This grant was used to increase forest cover in the watershed (identified by previous GLFT-funded research as a priority action to protect the long-term health of the Muskegon River), support educational programming, provide base operating support, and produce a sustainability plan for the organization.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Muskegon River Watershed Assembly - @ Ferris State University (Big Rapids) Noble, Gary (nobleg@ferris.edu) Completed $100,000.00
1092 Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition Continuation Proposal

The goal of the project was to develop students as citizen stewards able to understand and promote healthy ecological and social systems affecting the Great Lakes basin and their communities through community-based learning projects. This was accomplished by bringing schools and community partners together.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Eastern Michigan University - Institute for the Study of Children, Families, and Communities (Ypsilanti) Martusewicz, Rebecca (rmartusew@emich.edu) Completed $231,653.82
1090 Protecting Natural Resources of Northeast Michigan for Current and Future Residents and Visitors

The GLFT provided funding to the HeadWaters Land Conservancy (HWLC) to identify priority parcels for conservation within the Au Sable watershed and support landowner outreach efforts leading to new conservation easements. Through the GLFT’s support, the HWLC placed easements on seven properties representing 507 acres of land and 15,896 feet of waterfront.

Board Decision Year: 2008
HeadWaters Land Conservancy (Gaylord) Justin, Laura (ljustin@headwatersconservancy.org) Completed $110,181.00
1080 Simultaneous Analysis of Genetic and Age Data To Estimate Stock Contribution for Mixed-Stock and Strain, Open-Water Fisheries in the Great Lakes

Using genetic and age composition data, Michigan State University's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife developed new methods for identifying stock and cohort contribution to admixed, open-water fisheries. This innovation improves the ability to evaluate stock-specific recruitment from routine assessment or harvest data. The usefulness and performance of this new method were demonstrated with simulations and applications to Great Lakes stocks of lake sturgeon, lake trout, and walleye, which range in longevity, aging uncertainty and geographic scale of movements.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Brenden, Travis O. (brenden@msu.edu) Completed $336,073.83
1073 Characterizing Sources of Thiaminase in Great Lakes Food Webs: Assessing De Novo Production of Thiaminase by Fish

Thiamine Deficiency Complex (TDC), caused by thiaminase in the diet, adversely affects reproduction in Great Lakes lake trout, resulting in fry mortality. Thiaminase in prey may come from thiaminase-producing bacteria or may be produced de novo by the fish themselves. Preliminary data indicate that thiaminase-producing bacteria Paenibacillus thiaminolyticus are undetectable in some alewife with high thiaminase activity. Oregon State University used genetic and biochemical approaches to determine if alewife produce thiaminase de novo.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Oregon State University - Office of Post Award Administration (Corvallis) Heppell, Scott (scott.heppell@oregonstate.edu) Completed $351,864.00
1058 Mechanistic approach to identify the role of pathogens in causing Diporeia spp. decline in the Laurentian Great Lakes

This study encompassed molecular, histological, and microbiological analyses of preserved Diporeia collected from the Great Lakes over three decades. Microorganisms and parasites will be identified and quantified. Quantitative analysis was combined the results obtained on disease status and prevailing environmental conditions during sampling in a system of analysis. The study helped developed a better understanding to the mechanism(s) that led to Diporeia decline in the Laurentian Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2009
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (Ann Arbor ) Vanderploeg, Henry (henry.vanderploeg@noaa.gov) Completed $218,669.00
1056 The Human Dimensions of the Baitfish Industry: Investigating a Vector for Acquatic Invasive Species and VHS in the Great Lakes Basin

Despite agency actions (regulations, outreach programs) in Ontario and Michigan to halt the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) and viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) in the Great Lakes basin, live baitfish are thought to be a growing vector for these problems. Mail surveys of anglers and bait industry individuals were used to learn why live baitfish continue to be illegally dumped in the basin's waters despite management efforts to stop this practice. Results are being used to strengthen management programs.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Dobson, Tracy (dobson@msu.edu) Completed $20,363.93
1050 Calhoun County Conservation Easement Transfer

This grant money was used for the transfer of the Calhoun County conservation easement.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Calhoun Conservation District (Marshall) Bronson, Tracy (tracy.bronson@macd.org) Completed $21,216.80
1046 Garden Bluffs Conservation Area - Phase III

The Nature Conservancy received funding from the GLFT to support fee acquisition of 179 acres, including 2,750 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline, along the garden peninsula. The acquisition represents Phase III of a four-phase, multi-partner effort to protect 1,153 acres of coastal wetland and adjoining upland habitat.

Board Decision Year: 2009
The Nature Conservancy - Upper Peninsula Program Office (Marquette) Knoop, Jeff (jknoop@tnc.org) Completed $802,488.00
1045 Demonstrating and Documenting a Chemical Delivery System for Emergency Treatment of Ballast Water

Large scale mortality of fish due to Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) has resulted in an urgent need to contain the pathogen and inhibit its rapid spread to all Great Lakes and inland waters. This project’s goal was to promote development of an effective chemical delivery system to treat ballast water, which helps stop the spread of this pathogen and help prevent the introduction of new invasive species and fish diseases to the Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2009
National Park Service - Natural Resources (Houghton) Brady, Carol (selectcb@aol.com) Completed $185,000.00
1044 Collaborative Fishery Management Opportunities Between Tribal and State Agencies

The 2007 Consent Decree, signed by five tribal nations, the State of Michigan and the United States, recognized tribal rights for hunting, fishing, and gathering within the inland portion of the 1836 Treaty of Washington ceded territory. Tribal rights for the Great Lakes had been established prior to this agreement, which contained similarities and differences in institutional structure. The 2007 Inland Decree recognized the tribes may need to conduct biological assessments and restoration—as well as reclamation and enhancement activities—and specific provisions were developed recognizing this need.

When the 2007 Consent Decree was signed, and since that time, leaders of the respective agencies  recognized that an opportunity existed to collaborate to achieve outcomes that would protect the fishery resource within the treaty area in a mutually beneficial manner. Grant funding from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust  enabled the project team to work with the respective agencies to develop strategies for collaboration on assessment and restoration activities.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Michigan Technological University - Biological Sciences (Houghton) Holtgren, Marty (mholtgren@lrboi.com) Completed $41,674.59
1043 The Kent County Environmental Stewardship Network

This grant was funded under the GLFT's Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI). Its supported a planning process for a GLSI hub to serve the Grand River Watershed in Kent County. The process resulted in an implementation plan for the hub, which was successfully submitted to the GLFT for funding.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Grand Valley State University - Center For Educational Partnerships (Grand Rapids) Pyne, Jaymes (pynejay@gvsu.edu) Completed $11,298.74