• The Great Lakes Coastal Assembly addresses critical science needs, fosters information transfer, and promotes actions in critical locations.
  • Government agencies at all scales - Tribes, First Nations, and Métis, Federal, State/Provincial, Regional and Local - along with private organizations, communities, and citizens are taking action to ensure that Great Lakes coastal wetlands are protected, restored, and enhanced for the benefit of people and nature. 

Conserve, restore and manage coastal wetland habitats to sustain diverse native species

  • The Coastal Assembly promotes the conservation, restoration and management of Great Lakes coastal wetland habitats with an emphasis on supporting self-sustaining populations of diverse native species. 
  • This strategy includes active management to ensure that habitats and ecosystems are functioning well enough to meet the needs of native species.



Monitor status and trends of coastal wetland habitats and species

  • Monitoring the status and trends of habitats and species is critical to informing conservation decisions and allocating resources. 
  • The Coastal Assembly endorses the need for science-based monitoring for status and trends that can validate actions that will improve native species populations and provide for sustainable habitats for future growth.


Enhance outreach, communication and education about Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands.

  • Spreading the word about the wonders and value of Great Lakes coastal wetlands to the public can help to inspire popular support for conservation projects related to wetland protection and restoration.
  • The Great Lakes Coastal Assembly also supports higher education opportunities for science students who plan to begin a career in wetland biology and/or conservation.