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Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund

"Making It Happen!"
Success stories
from the field.

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Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network Advisory Panel
GLAHNF Advisory Panel and Hubs

From the Director...

Mission:
The mission of the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund (GLAHNF) is to empower citizens to take action at the community level to protect and restore wetlands, shorelines, rivers, lakes, and other aquatic habitats throughout the Great Lakes Basin. Thousands of grassroots initiatives are working locally to preserve these important aquatic habitats. Recognizing that citizens and grassroots citizen groups play an indispensable role in environmental protection in the United States and Canada, GLAHNF provides consultation and financial resources, shares information, and fosters communication between citizens and organizations working to protect aquatic habitats.

Outcomes:
Outcomes of this program have been many. These outcomes have included both direct and indirect results for the benefit of aquatic habitats. Accomplishments that have directly benefited aquatic habitats include: stopping threatening developments (i.e., golf course, bridge), limiting riparian herbicide spraying, restoring wetlands and riverbanks, protecting thousands of acres of sensitive wetlands with conservation easements, initiating local wetland protection and conservation ordinances, protecting endangered species habitat, promoting brownfield cleanup, and implementing a national wetland permit project. Accomplishments that will benefit aquatic habitats indirectly have included: fostering partnerships and coalitions, raising awareness, increasing public interest, building organizational capacity, empowering new citizen leadership, gaining organizational confidence, raising organizational credibility in the community, and increasing membership.

How you can benefit from these tools:
In an effort to communicate some of the specific project results to other groups, citizens, and government leaders interested in protecting their local habitats, we have collected the stories that follow from more than 200 projects that have been funded by GLAHNF over the past 5 years. These stories are told by the local citizens that worked diligently to complete projects to benefit their own local environment. We encourage readers to use this publication as a tool for your own aquatic habitat protection efforts by taking the opportunity to network with groups that have worked on habitats similar to those you are working on, by borrowing creative project ideas, and by finding inspiration, the way I do, from knowing there are so many dedicated, concerned citizens and grassroots groups working across the Great Lakes Basin to protect these vital resources.

Jill Ryan- Director
Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund


Success Stories 2003

Archive: Read 2001's Success Stories
Archive: Read 2002's Success Stories

Saving a Prairie and Wetland Complex
Save the Prairie Society-Illinois

Searching for Bats in an Effort to Save Cedar Creek
ACRES Land Trust-Indiana

Monitoring Produces Dramatic Results
Mill Creek Volunteer Monitoring Project-Michigan

Building Coalition on Spirit Mountain
Written with Input from Cathy Podeszwa and Tim Larson of the Duluth Audubon Society, Nancy Nelson of the Skyline Planning and Preservation Alliance, and Jennifer Tahtinen of EAGLE-Minnesota

Members Provide On-The-Ground Strength
Cayuga Lake Watershed Network-New York

Flexibility, Collaboration, and Perseverance Save Edison Woods
Firelands Land Conservancy, Friends of Wetlands-Ohio

Groundwater Victory in Ontario
Grey Association for Better Planning-Ontario

Freddy the Fish Works to Increase Awareness of Toxic Fish
Lake Erie Allegheny Earth Force-Pennsylvania

Land Use Forums in Bayfield and Ashland Counties lead to the Bad River Watershed Association
Bad River Watershed Association-Wisconsin

Archive: Read 2001's Success Stories
Archive: Read 2002's Success Stories


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