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.
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