Cooling the Hotspots: Collaborating With Farmers to Reduce Nutrient Run-off

With leadership from the Grand-Raisin Cluster, we are pleased to announce that our collaborative "Cooling the Hotspots" project has been selected for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding!

We'll be working with River Raisin Watershed Council, Graham Sustainability Institute, Michigan State University, Institute of Water Research, Winrock International, Lenawee Conservation District, farmers, and others to prevent nutrient run-off, reduce erosion, improve drinking water supply, and reduce the prevalence of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.

This project will utilize the Pay-for-Performance conservation approach, which was one of the 2014 awardees for a White House and EPA Challenge: Winning Solutions for Nutrient Pollution!

"These Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants will be used for critical projects to prevent soil erosion and reduce phosphorus runoff that contributes to algae growth in the Great Lakes," said Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman. "Many of these grants target Great Lakes watersheds where there have been harmful algal blooms in recent years - such as Maumee Bay on Lake Erie, Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron and Green Bay on Lake Michigan." - from EPA Awards Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants to Reduce Runoff that Contributes to Algal Blooms

"The Stewardship Network is looking forward to working with the great team of experts and practitioners we've pulled together for this Great Lakes Restoration Initiative project," said Executive Director of The Stewardship Network Lisa Brush. "We will be putting best practices into use on the ground and showing the impact of these efforts to reduce nutrient runoff and help turn around the harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie." - from Senators Stabenow, Peters Applaud Great Lakes Investment in Southeast Michigan to Reduce Algae Blooms in Lake Erie

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We are pleased to announce that our collaborative "Cooling the Hotspots" project has been selected for funding!
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Mid-Michigan Stewardship Initiative
Headwaters Cluster
Huron Arbor Cluster
Central Southwest Cluster
Western Lake Erie Cluster
Lakes Country Cluster
Grand-Raisin Cluster
Duluth CISMA
Emerging Genesee/Lapeer Area Cluster
Lake St. Clair CISMA
C.A.K.E. CISMA
Oakland County CISMA
SW x SW CISMA

Duluth CISMA

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Service Area: Southern St. Louis County, MN

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History: Several organizations and individuals have been working together to plan and initiate a stronger and more coordinated effort to address terrestrial invasive species and sustain natural areas in Minnesota. In March 2015, numerous individuals and organizations came together - professionals, volunteers, property owners, students and academics - to craft a vision of collective action to benefit the area's natural resources, foster sustainable communities, and control invasive species.

In 2017, The Stewardship Network was proud to announce the formation of the Duluth Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) - funded partially by the the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Pulling Together Initiative.This CISMA will improve collaboration and coordination of the network of organizations that are currently working to control invasive species throughout the globally rare St. Louis Estuary, a gateway to Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Many of us volunteer on public and private lands in our community to remove and treat areas of buckthorn, peashrub, garlic mustard, wild parsnip and other non-native terrestrial invasive species, while others work professionally to manage property towards more healthy and sustainable conditions. We are proposing an effort to move beyond individual efforts and establish a regional collective driven by community interests.

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Duluth CISMA Contact Information

Do you have any questions regarding the Duluth CISMA? If so, please don't hesitate to ask CISMA Coordinator Lori Seele by email at: lori at stewardshipnetwork dot org or phone (218) 393-9581.

Grand-Raisin Cluster

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Service Area: Jackson, Lenawee, Hillsdale and southwest Washtenaw Counties

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History: Conceived to promote the science and art of land restoration, the Grand-Raisin Cluster (GRC) was formed in late 2002. Each year since, we have offered public workshops on subjects of interest to those who would explore and interact with native habitats.

Focus: The GRC has two main areas of focus: 1) on the ground conservation action and planning, and 2) educating community members in conservation issues, techniques and other relevant topics. The GRC provides unique educational opportunities through events, workshops, activities and online networking to share ideas, information, skills and resources to enable local groups to increase their capacity to care for local land and water.

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Grand-Raisin Cluster Contact Information

Do you have any questions regarding the Grand-Raisin Cluster? If so, please don't hesitate to ask! Contact Grand-Raisin Cluster Co-Coordinators Bob Kellum (517-431-2412) and Monica Day (517-884-0796) by email at: raisin@stewardshipnetwork.org

Lakes Country Cluster

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Service Area: LaGrange and Steuben Counties

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Description: The Lakes Country Cluster was formed in 2014, through the cooperation of: Blue Heron Ministries, The Nature Conservancy, the LaGrange and Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Indiana Department of Natural Resources - Division of Nature Preserves, Steuben County Lakes Council, LaGrange County Parks Department, Steuben County Surveyor, and several others.

Focus: The purpose of the Lakes Country Cluster is to bring these groups together and focus on common goals that may be financially or logistically difficult to complete individually. The name Lakes Country was chosen a representation of the focus area, generally LaGrange and Steuben Counties, which house hundreds of natural lakes. Some of the goals of the group are to: pursue collaborative grant funding opportunities, share and implement best practices to get better work done on the ground, improve the effectiveness and approach of invasive species control, improve water quality, bring groups together to find common ground (lake users, sportsman, farmers, etc), and provide/disseminate high-quality education and resources on invasive species to specific groups!

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Lakes Country Cluster Contact Information

Do you have questions about the Lakes Country Cluster? If so, don't hesitate to ask! Contact Lakes Country Cluster Coordinator Beth Williams at lcc@stewardshipnetwork.org today!

Western Lake Erie Cluster

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Service area: Monroe and Wayne Counties

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The Western Lake Erie Cluster formed in 2013 with leadership from the River Raisin Institute. We live and work in a very special area, side by side with rare and imperiled terrestrial habitats and Lake Erie - the most biologically diverse body among the Great Lakes. We want to create a strong network between the many groups already working to protect and restore these special areas, and build a better appreciation for these amazing resources among local citizens.


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Western Lake Erie Cluster Contact Information

Do you have any questions regarding the Western Lake Erie Cluster? If so, please don't hesitate to ask! Contact the Western Lake Erie Cluster Coordinator Brittany Santure by email at:
wlec@stewardshipnetwork.org.

Central Southwest Cluster

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Description: This dynamic group collaborates, combines, and coordinates their resources, knowledge, and experience in order to enhance capacity for:
1) natural areas stewardship through education, and
2) regional invasive species management.

The Cluster facilitates field trips, seminars, and workshops provided by regional experts. Varied educational topics range from species identification to conservation planning, equipment use and maintenance to ecological restoration, and are offered throughout the year.

Focus: The Cluster partners are dedicated to restoring native landscapes and waterways on all scales through invasive species management, native species enhancement, and monitoring, as well as regional invasive species detection, awareness, mapping, and treatment.

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Central Southwest Cluster Contact Information

Do you have any questions regarding the Central Southwest Cluster? If so, please don't hesitate to ask! Contact Central Southwest Cluster Coordinator Paul MacNellis (269-744-7718) by email at:
swcc@stewardshipnetwork.org

Huron Arbor Cluster

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Service Area: Greater Washtenaw County

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Description: Since January 2005, The Huron Arbor Cluster has helped connect people who are interested in learning more about and becoming proficient in natural area stewardship. We offer a tool sharing program; an email update list of local stewardship-related events; and a variety of educational workshops. We also hold monthly informal conversations with volunteer and professional stewards, called Steward's Circles. These chats cover topics such as winter restoration, using herbicides as a restoration tool, recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers, wetland invaders, and more.

Focus: The Huron Arbor Cluster has two main areas of focus: 1) on the ground conservation action and planning, and 2) educating community members in conservation issues, techniques and other relevant topics. We focus on local stewardship issues and plans to address those concerns through implemented action. We provide unique educational opportunities through events, workshops, activities and online networking to share ideas, information, skills and resources to enable local groups to increase their capacity to care for local land and water.

Huron Arbor cluster also hosts quarterly Professional Stewards Hikes in local natural areas. Those who have been in restoration and stewardship for an extended period of time visit restoration projects and participate in detailed conversations with other professionals. Let us know if you're interested.

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Please feel free to share your questions and ideas with our Cluster. We'd love to have your help in achieving our goals!

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Huron Arbor Cluster Contact Information

Do you have any questions regarding the Huron Arbor Cluster? If so, please don't hesitate to ask! Contact Cluster Co-Coordinators Jason Frenzel and Drew Lathin by email at:
HuronArbor@StewardshipNetwork.org

Headwaters Cluster

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(Oakland County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area)
Service Area: Greater Oakland County

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Description: The Headwaters Cluster (HWC) was the first Stewardship Network local Cluster to form in the fall of 2003. The Michigan Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) led the formation of the Cluster as a way to build cooperative relationships between the various agencies who were responsible for managing high quality ecosystem areas under protection in Oakland County and surrounding areas, thereby enhancing the stewardship of those areas. Oakland County is home to the headwaters of five different river systems along with an exceptional ecological diversity and is experiencing extreme development pressure on remaining natural areas.

Focus: The HWC has two main areas of focus: 1) on the ground conservation action and planning, and 2) educating community members in conservation issues, techniques and other relevant topics. We focus on local stewardship issues and plans to address those concerns through implemented action. The HWC provides unique educational opportunities through events, workshops, activities and online networking to share ideas, information, skills and resources to enable local groups to increase their capacity to care for local land and water.

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Headwaters Cluster Contact Information

Do you have any questions regarding the Headwaters Cluster? If so, please don't hesitate to ask! Contact Headwaters Cluster Rachel Maranto at: Headwaters@StewardshipNetwork.org

Mid-Michigan Stewardship Initiative

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Service Area: Ingham, Eaton, Shiawassee and Clinton Counties

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Description and Focus: The Mid-Michigan Stewardship Initiative engages the Ingham, Eaton, Clinton and Shiawassee County communities in conserving native plants and wildlife in all their natural diversity by:

  • Facilitating the sharing of expertise in natural lands management between public and non-profit organizations and the community;
  • Inventorying native plant and wildlife communities;
  • Mapping invasive species and other threats to biodiversity;
  • Planning and performing invasive species removal and natural area restoration;
  • Encouraging community understanding and enjoyment of our native ecosystems through education and volunteering.
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Mid-Michigan Stewardship Initiative Contact Information

Do you have any questions regarding the Mid-Michigan Stewardship Initiative? If so, please don't hesitate to ask! Contact Mid-Michigan Stewardship Initiative Coordinator Jim Hewitt at: Midmich@StewardshipNetwork.org or Field Projects Coordinator Leslie Kuhn at: KuhnL@msu.edu

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