Michigan Lake & Stream Associations receives the 2015 MSU Extension Key Partner Award

Congratulations MLSA on this well-deserved recognition!

Michigan Lake & Stream Associations (MLSA) received the Key Partner Award at the Michigan State University Extension’s recent Fall Extension Conference. This two-day professional development and networking conference is the one time each year when MSU Extension educators statewide gather on the MSU campus.

This year it was my honor and pleasure to help celebrate MLSA’s long history of collaborative partnership with our organization. Scott Brown, MLSA Executive Director was on hand to accept this important award while nearly 400 of my MSU Extension colleagues from across Michigan looked on. Patrick Cudney, MSU Extension Director’s Office, recognized MLSA’s contribution with these words:

Michigan Lake and Stream Associations is a non-profit, state-wide organization dedicated to the preservation, protection and wise management of Michigan’s vast treasure of inland lakes and streams. MLSA achieves its mission by supporting riparian associations as well as the educational, stewardship and conservation initiatives of its over 100,000 collective members. During its fifty-year history, MLSA has forged numerous collaborative partnerships which directly support and forward the mission of MSU Extension. Over the years it has worked shoulder-to-shoulder with MSU Extension to provide key leadership to statewide initiatives. One example is the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership (MILP). An initiative facilitated by MSUE, MILP promotes statewide collaboration to advance stewardship of Michigan’s 11,000 inland lakes. In 2014, MILP hosted the inaugural Michigan Inland Lakes Convention -- a three-day, highly successful, educational conference attracting 400 participants that is now a biannual event. Another example of MLSA’s supportive partnering is its critical role in the formation of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (MNSP) for which MSUE has led curriculum development and the training of more than 200 professional shoreline contractors on natural shoreline restoration techniques. Critical to MSUE’s efforts to train volunteers to monitor the health of Michigan’s inland lakes, MLSA administers the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program – the second oldest volunteer lake monitoring program in the country. In 2015 alone, this program will engage more than 400 volunteers in monitoring over 230 lakes statewide.

Brown, along with MSU Extension’s Dr. Jo Latimore, are featured in a two-minute video about the award. Congratulations MLSA on this well-deserved recognition! MSU Extension looks forward to many more years of partnering to preserve and protect Michigan’s inland lakes and streams. 

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