# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
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
1042 Planning for an Environmental Place-Based Education Hub in the Flint Area

This grant was funded under the GLFT's Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI). It was jointly supported by the C.S. Mott Foundation and the GLFT, funded a planning process to create a GLSI hub focused on Flint, the Flint River (in the Saginaw Bay Watershed), and selected schools in region. Partners in planning included the Genesee County Land Bank, the Michigan Nature Association, and Flint Community Schools. The planning process involved an assessment of school and community readiness (when additional planners will be identified and recruited), developing a vision for a sustainable effort, and crafting an implementation plan. The plan was approved and funded by the GLFT.

Board Decision Year: 2009
The Regents of the University of Michigan - U of M - Flint (Flint) Blecker, Harry (hblecker@umflint.edu) Completed $14,762.00
1040 Saginaw Bay Stewardship Initiative

This grant was funded under the GLFT's Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI). It supported a planning process for a GLSI hub to serve the Saginaw Bay area. The process resulted in an implementation plan/proposal for the hub, which was submitted to the GLFT for funding. While the planning process resulted in stronger partnerships amoung educators and community organizations, it was not funded by the GLFT.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Saginaw Valley State University - Sponsored and Academic Programs Support and Evaluation (University Center) Woodward, Melissa (mal@svsu.edu) Completed $11,550.24
1039 Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Planning Initiative: Planning toward a Regional Network "hub" in Support of Great Lakes and Ecosystem Education and Stewardship

This grant was funded under the GLFT's Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI). It builds on a capacity-building grant provided earlier by the GLFT. The grant funded a planning process for a GLSI hub to serve six counties in northeastern lower Michigan. The process resulted in an implementation plan for the hub, which was successfully submitted to the GLFT for funding.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Michigan Sea Grant / MSU Extension - Northeast Michigan (Tawas City) Schroeder, Brandon (schroe45@msu.edu) Completed $14,109.77
1037 Grand Traverse Regional Hub for Place-Based Education

This grant was funded under the GLFT's Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI). It supported a planning process for a GLSI hub in Traverse City that would serve the Grand Traverse region and Manistee. The process resulted in an implementation plan for the hub.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Grand Traverse Conservation District (Traverse City) Masterson-Bzdok, Colleen (cmasterson@gtcd.org) Completed $12,766.80
1033 Michigan Great Lakes Protection and Restoration Initiative

The Michigan Great Lakes Protection and Restoration Initiative is a joint project between Lt. Governor John Cherry, the Office of the Great Lakes and Michigan United Conservation Clubs. The purpose of this effort is to develop a Michigan Great Lakes Protection and Restoration Plan. A Framework for the plan has been developed that examines Michigan’s Great Lakes Protection and Restoration needs by utilizing the same focus areas of the Great Lakes Regional Collaborative, e.g. habitat, invasive species, coastal health, sustainable development, indicators, nonpoint source, toxic pollutants and areas of concern. This Framework has been shared widely and been reshaped into a series of conference calls. Next the Framework will be taken to eight regional meetings to garner stakeholders’ comments and concerns and to discuss their interest and concern for managing the Great Lakes to foster prosperity for Michigan’s economic future. These eight meetings will focus on regional interests and will examine watershed restoration efforts as the foundation for Great Lakes restoration. A final report is expected to be released by the first of the year. This grant will be used to offset the cost of the regional meetings and travel for key participants, and fund an economic analysis to reframe the report.

Board Decision Year: 2008
Michigan United Conservation Clubs (Lansing) Muchmore, Dennis (dmuchmore@mucc.org) Completed $20,000.00
1032 North American Benthological Society 57th Annual Meeting

This project's purpose is to contribute towards the North American Benthological Society's 57th Annual Meeting to be held in Grand Rapids in 2009.

Board Decision Year: 2008
Grand Valley State University - Annis Water Resources Institute (Muskegon) Steinman, Alan (steinmaa@gvsu.edu) Completed $1,000.00
1031 Pentwater Fishing Pier

This project provides enhanced shoreline fishing access on Pentwater Lake, a tributary to Lake Michigan. The construction of a fishing pier facility provides increased opportunities to fish for migrating Great Lakes species. Pentwater is a known destination for fishing, but the opportunity for shoreline fishing in the area is limited. The new fishing pier is the only designated facility in Oceana County for Great Lakes fishing for children and individuals requiring ADA access.    

Board Decision Year: 2008
Village of Pentwater (Pentwater) Pierman, Juanita (tbartels@wadetrim.com) Completed $96,481.00
1030 Holland Harbor Fishing Access

New and updated fishing access was built on the shores of Lake Macatawa, near Lake Michigan. The new facilities include fishing decks, fishing piers, and informational signage, as well as connecting walkways, boardwalk, and parking. 

Board Decision Year: 2008
Ottawa County - Parks & Recreation Commission (West Olive) Scholtz, John (cterhaar@co.ottawa.mi.us) Completed $500,000.00
1026 Holland State Park Fish Cleaning Station

A fish cleaning station was constructed on Lake Macatawa, which is connected to Lake Michigan. 

Board Decision Year: 2008
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation Division (East Lansing) Strach, Joe (skillcl@michigan.gov) Completed $85,427.20