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Lake Conservation Webinar

Michigan Shoreland Stewards Program

Presented by Julia Kirkwood, MI Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

August 6, 2019 at 1:00 PM Central/2:00 PM Eastern


In the next Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership (MGLP) Lake Conservation Webinar, learn how Michigan is helping lake front property owners to determine if they are managing their property in a way that is healthy for their lake through the MI Shoreland Stewards Program. Julia Kirkwood with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy will explain what the program is and how the online survey works. Lakefront property owners in the program are provided with a rating of Gold, Silver, Bronze or Starter level along with recommendations for improvement.

The MGLP hosts the Lake Conservation Webinars series. The purpose of the series is to share science, management, and outreach efforts of interest to our partners. Webinars in the series will be added to our web page alongside other webinars of interest, with the goal of having 4-10 webinars each year. Notifications for the webinars will also be provided through the MGLP quarterly newsletter. If you would like to share your experience or project results through the webinar, please reach out to MGLP Coordinator Joe Nohner.

Conservation Stewards Program

Michigan Conservation Stewards Program Now Enrolling Students
for Programs Being Offered in Three Areas of the State this Fall

Looking for an opportunity to learn about Michigan’s ecosystems from experts and volunteers involved in conservation efforts in your community? Interested in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to lead and assist in local initiatives? Consider enrolling in the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP).

CSP is designed for those interested in learning science-based ecosystem (aquatic and terrestrial) management principles and sharing this knowledge with others to help restore and sustain healthy natural areas throughout Michigan. MSU Extension works with local conservation partners to design and deliver a series of evening and Saturday lectures and field sessions, combined with online instruction.

Professional level instruction is provided by MSU Extension, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and a variety of local conservation partners. Sessions are offered in a variety of locations which highlight local natural areas on-the-ground conservation.

This fall, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension local conservation partners are offering three programs:

Washtenaw County- September 4 – November 13, 2019 (evening classes held on Wednesdays)
Capital Area- September 10 – November 5, 2019 (evening classes held on Tuesdays)
Northern Michigan- September 10 – October 22, 2019 (evening classes held on Tuesdays)
Registration fee is $250. Scholarships are available. Deadline to register is August 20, 2019.

Please visit the CSP program page for complete information regarding the program and to register by clicking here.

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