Natural resource management is undergoing a transition from species-oriented to ecosystem-oriented problem solving. Our Department has made a strategic commitment to advancing the science of ecosystem management.
Outreach related to landscape and watershed ecosystem management:
- Collaboration with state DNR; advice on management strategies
- Legal dimensions of policy development for ecosystem management in Malawi
- Community outreach on status the Red Cedar watershed
- Workshops on preparing watershed management plans
- Technical support through the regional CRP study to the U.S. Congress on the Farm Bill
- Pond management workshops and extension programs
- Wetland management consultation with communities and agencies
The Great Lakes comprise a vast aquatic resource in which the State of Michigan has a major interest. The bi-national organizations (GLFC, IJC) that oversee Great Lakes resources are committed to ecosystem approaches to management of fisheries and other aquatic resources.
Outreach related to Great Lakes ecosystem management:
- “Life of the Lake” - award-winning TV documentary
- Sea Grant Extension agents advise the GLFC and MDNR
- Sea Grant Extension public education workshops
- Sea Grant Extension assisted discussion of Great Lakes fishery management issues (e.g., salmonid stocking cuts, perch decline)
- Annual Great Lakes Conference during ANR week
- Membership on GLFC Board of Technical Experts (science advice to Commission)
- Regular attendance at meetings, and technical advice for Great Lakes fishery management committees, and technical committees.
- Advice to multiple state, federal, and international agencies on hatchery practices
- 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Teen Leadership Camp