Integrate priorities from GLCA members and existing plans to create high-level goals, metrics, and strategies for coastal wetlands.

  • Support group processes to identify coastal wetland goals that incorporate regional planning and agency priorities
  • Develop and conduct a collaborative goal setting process
  • Develop metrics with measurable targets
  • Identify strategic locations for implementing protection, restoration, and enhancement projects

How We're Doing It

  • Support group processes to identify coastal wetland goals that incorporate regional planning and agency priorities. GLCA members compiled priorities and goals from agency plans and other sources, including Biodiversity Conservation Strategies, to develop high-level goals for coastal wetlands and the services they provide.
  • Develop and conduct a collaborative goal setting process. The GLCA has held workshops in 2016 and 2017 in three locations throughout the Saginaw Bay to Western Lake Erie coastal region, engaging stakeholders in refining goals and identifying metrics.
  • Develop metrics with measurable targets. The GLCA is working with stakeholders to refine a set of robust ecological and socioeconomic metrics for assessing the status of coastal wetlands and the progress towards conservation goals. These metrics address biodiversity and species composition as well as services provided by coastal wetlands including recreation and protection from damaging waves.
  • Identify strategic locations for implementing protection, restoration, and enhancement projects. The Landscape Conservation Design process now under way for Saginaw Bay through Western Lake Erie will produce maps of ideal locations for project implementation to reach shared goals.

Erie Marsh Preserve, Spring Treasure Hunt 2017.

© Deb Allen