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Funding & Ecosystem Restoration to Enhance Lake Michigan Coastline Habitat

Enhancing climate adaptability to address threats to coastal forests

  • $1.3M

    Grant Funding Secured

  • 35

    Project Partners

  • +10K

    Native Trees And Shrubs Planted

  • Various Locations, Wisconsin

    Various Locations, Wisconsin

Protecting the ecological health of critical coastal forests and riparian habitats

Warming climate, changing precipitation patterns, and invasive pests are degrading the ecological health of critical habitat needed for migratory and resident birds and wildlife throughout the Midwest. These challenges are compounded by existing fragmentation and historic loss of forest cover. To address these threats to coastal forests and riparian habitats, we’re working with Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership (LNRP) and various client, municipal, and non-profit partners to develop and implement climate adaptation strategies across sites on the western Lake Michigan shoreline.

Our strategy focuses on installation of diverse tree species and controlling invasive species on publicly accessible conservation lands. The project will enhance forested habitat connectivity, support habitat for migratory birds, and maintain shading in riparian areas, where cold water streams are increasingly vulnerable to warming conditions. Our grant funding team played a key role in securing $1.3 million for this project from two US Forest Service - Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants and one grant from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Climate Adaptation Fund. These grants were leveraged to secure additional grant funding for several of the sites.

Once complete, this project will take great steps forward in restoring and maintaining Wisconsin’s diverse and resilient natural communities.

At a Glance

  • Lakeshore Natural Resource Partners
  • USFS, Wildlife Conservation Society
Meet Our Team

Melissa Curran, Environmental Scientist/Botanist

I really enjoy finding money for clients. That usually means a better project for everybody involved.
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Josh Sulman, Environmental Scientist

You’ve got to take climate change seriously… because it’s already here and it’s at your front door.

Melissa Curran

Environmental Scientist/Botanist

Josh Sulman

Environmental Scientist

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