Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
7500 Odawa Circle
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan is a 5 year (2010-2014) $475 million plan to implement restoration activities in the Great Lakes in 5 major focus areas:
Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern
Near-shore Health and Nonpoint Source Pollution
Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration
Accountability, Education, Monitoring, Evaluation, Communication, and Partnerships.
In 2010, the LTBB was awarded $196,148 for the Bear River Watershed Habitat Restoration Project for FY 2011-2013 under the Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration focus area. The GLRI Bear River Project has 3 main goals:
Improve 1,000 linear feet of shoreline/riverbank.
Provide erosion control along at least 250 linear feet of shoreline/riverbank.
Provide invasive species control on at least 10 acres within the watershed.
In 2011, staff from LTBB and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council teamed up to do a comprehensive survey of the entire shoreline of Walloon Lake and the Bear River surveyed for greenbelts, erosion, and invasive species. The survey was used to help prioritize restoration projects for the grant. Restoration projects will include greenbelt/shoreline/riverfront improvements through native plantings, shoreline turf grass reduction or conversion, no-mow agreements, erosion control and invasive species removal using physical, chemical, and biological control methods.
Greenbelts: To date, we have exceeded our greenbelt target and improved over 1,500 linear feet of shoreline and/or riverbank, which was done with the help of our 2011 No Mow Challenge.
Invasive Species: With the help of volunteers we removed 20 bags of garlic mustard in May from the Bear River Recreation Area, as well as several bags of purple loosestrife from Melrose Township Park.
We also provided educational workshops on greenbelts and invasive species in 2012 for landowners within the watershed. An invasive species management plan for the watershed has been drafted and will be updated as necessary throughout the grant with the final plan to be submitted at completion of the grant.
Erosion: We will be working with several landowners on erosion control projects along the Bear River.
Work with several landowners on Walloon Lake to restore shorelines using bio-engineering methods.
Volunteer projects: Bear River Recreation Area garlic mustard pulls, purple loosestrife Galerucella beetle collection and release along the Bear River, buckthorn removal, Japanese knotweed outreach to City of Petoskey/Bear River residents.
* If you would like to volunteer to help out with any of our invasive species projects please contact Jackie Pilette at (231) 242-1684 or by email at: email@example.com.
EPA Environmental News Release Award Announcement, September 24, 2010.
Bear River Project kickoff article in the Petoskey News Review, September 28, 2010.
Bear River Project announcement, “Wetlands in Review” article in the LTBB Odawa Trails Newsletter, November 2010.
Watershed Summit Series presentation, August 2, 2010; article in the Petoskey News Review August 3, 2010.
Bear River Watershed Project article in The Wallooner, July 2011.
Invasive Species article in the Petoskey News Review, September 28, 2012.
EPA GLRI homepage: http://www.greatlakesrestoration.us/.
Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (MNSP): https://sites.google.com/site/mishorelinepartnership/home
Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN): For information such as identification and best management practices: http://www.misin.msu.edu/
For more information about the LTBB GLRI Bear River Watershed Habitat Restoration Project, please contact Christina Coger at (231) 242-1571 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
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