Michigan's Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation (CELC) Plan was written under Public Law 107-77 and was established to pass funding to eligible coastal states for the purpose of protecting important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural or recreational state to other uses. The national CELC Program is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Each state wishing to participate in this program must have an approved coastal zone management program developed under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA). CELC Program projects must directly advance the goals, objectives, or implementation of the state's coastal management program, National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) management plans approved under the CZMA, national objectives of the CZMA, or a regional or state watershed protection plan involving coastal states with approved coastal management plans. Michigan's Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation (CELC) Plan is multi-jurisdictional within the state of Michigan. It does not seek to redefine or reassess priority conservation needs within the state, but rather, it combines existing strategies into a cohesive and comprehensive reference. The Michigan CELC Plan is designed to allow communities to assess individual conservation needs at a local level.