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Online Program Increases Stewardship of Inland Lakes


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Michigan's 11,000 inland lakes are complex ecosystems, and communiteis often struggle to protect and manage them in a way that incorporates the best available knowledge and resources. Taught by Michigan State University (MSU) Extension educators, MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife faculty, and Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy staff, the Introduction to Lakes Online course equips residents, decision-makers and local leaders to address management concerns by increasing lake literacy and creating peer and resource connections. The course has six topical units, which include video lectures, discussions forums, exploratory activities, quizzes and additional resources. MSU Extension also hosts three live Ask-an-Expert webinars with MSU Extension and state agency staff. Introduction to Lakes Online, offered annually, is taught over an eight-week period with each unit opening weekly. On average, 86% of participants complete all units of the course and receive a certificate of completion. After taking the course, many participants indicate their plans to implement best management practices on their property and in their communities.



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