Michigan has amazing inland lakes that overall are very healthy. However, research shows that the greatest threat to the overall health of inland lakes is the loss of near shore habitat. The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (MNSP), formed in 2008, is trying to change this. It was created to promote the importance of natural shorelines and soft-engineering techniques for restoring and protecting Michigan's inland lakes. Our guess speaker in this webcast is Julia Kirkwood, the current Chair of the MNSP. She will discuss why natural shorelines are important and what happens when vegetation is removed. She will also discuss the MNSP resources and programs that are designed to train and educate professionals and property owners on the different options for creating a natural shoreline.
Julia Kirkwood - Michigan Department of Environmental Quality; Chair - Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership. Julia has worked as a natural resource education and management professional for 20 years - 12 of these with watershed stakeholders to protect and restore rivers and lakes that have been impacted by non-point source pollution. She also serves as the chair of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership and as co-chair of the Outreach and Education Sub-Committee. In that role Julia trains and coordinates the MNSP's statewide "Shoreline Educator Network" of natural resource professionals who conduct workshops for lakefront property owners on the benefits of natural shorelines to Michigan's Inland Lakes. She holds a B.S in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University.
Lisa Brush - Executive Director, The Stewardship Network. Lisa has worked in the environmental field in Michigan for the last fifteen years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stewardship Network and has been involved with the Network since its inception more than 10 years ago. She has a wealth of experience helping non-scientific people understand scientific issues. For over nine years, as she has built and coordinated The Stewardship Network, she has emphasized effective and meaningful stakeholder involvement in developing and implementing all aspects of this program. She has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a B.A. (Science in Society) from Wesleyan University.