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Monday, January 25 • 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Collaborative Restoration of Aquatic Resources In The South Central Lake Superior Basin

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AUTHORS: Erin Johnston*, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community; Pamela Nankervis, US Forest Service; Luis Verissimo, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community; Chris Kovala, US Forest Service; Mark Fedora, US Forest Service; Shaun Hamilton, Trust for Public Lands; Geri Grant, Superior Watershed Partnership; Carl Lindquist, Superior Watershed Partnership; Peter McIntyre, UW Madison; Matthew Diebel, UW Madison

ABSTRACT: Partners for Watershed Restoration (PWR) a coalition for the South Central Lake Superior Basin (S.C. Basin) was formed in July 2013 and has already attracted over 40 agencies and organizations including Federal, State, County, Tribal, non-profit, and private. Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Natural Resources Department in close partnership with U.S. Forest Service seeks to bring this diverse group of researchers, resource managers and business groups together to develop a vision for restoration of riparian and aquatic resources in the S.C. basin. Thus far, little coordinated decision-making has occurred between agencies. We are developing a collaborative geo-database of inventoried connectivity barriers within the South Central Lake Superior Basin to prioritize restoration from approximately 1,500 inventoried stream crossings. We are also compiling publicly accessible GIS layers relevant to restoration within the watershed into geodatabases so that they are easily accessible and ready to utilize. Furthermore, we are integrating current remote sensing tools and outputs, including Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technologies, as strategy support tools for targeting additional restoration and management needs that meet multiple natural resource objectives. By the end of this two year project, we will: 1) Develop a vision and associated goals, objectives and strategies within the PWR coalition for restoration of riparian and aquatic resources in the S.C. basin, 2) Develop a collaborative geo-database of inventoried connectivity barriers within the S.C. basin, 3) Incorporate the collaborative geo-database into a Great Lakes basin wide LCC prioritization model project, and 4) Utilize current GIS and LiDAR data tools and outputs to evaluate conditions for further restoration needs. This LCC project brings together a conservation community that by utilizing decision support assets will allow natural resource professionals to assess a broad scope of resource conditions, plan accordingly, and work cooperatively to achieve landscape level results.

Monday January 25, 2016 3:00pm - 3:20pm EST