In response to the economic and environmental imperative for protecting the Great Lakes, the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes (OGL), with input from thousands of stakeholders at more than 20 meetings across Michigan, led the effort to prepare and implement this plan designed to protect, restore, and sustain Michigan's Great Lakes for current and future generations. The MI-Great Lakes Plan: Our Path to Protect and Restore Michigan's Natural Treasures (MI-Great Lakes Plan) provides specific direction within Michigan to address the recommendations of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration (GLRC) Strategy and take further steps to address the specific needs within the state. The MI-Great Lakes Plan is not intended to identify every action necessary to protect and restore the Great Lakes. Such a list would be exhaustive and become quickly dated. Instead, the MI-Great Lakes Plan provides a mechanism to consider and reevaluate the commitment of existing resources; identify public investments in protection and restoration that can make the most significant, positive contribution to the future of the Great Lakes; and establish consensus, action priorities that can be implemented through more effective use of existing resources, expanded collaboration between government agencies and the private sector, and targeted efforts to secure new resources where funding shortfalls are identified. Importantly, this plan recognizes that significant efforts are already underway and that the need to continue and expand those efforts is essential to the continued protection and restoration of the Great Lakes.