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Wednesday, February 8 • 10:20am - 10:40am
Symposia Session - S9: Landscape Conservation Science and Management. Developing a Decision Support Tool to Guide Restoration and Protection of Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands

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AUTHORS: Matthew Cooper, Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation, Northland College; Todd Redder, LimnoTech; Chris Hippensteel, Central Michigan University; Valerie Brady, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth; Don Uzarski, Institute for Great Lakes Research, Central Michigan University.

ABSTRACT: Coastal wetlands are important centers of biotic productivity, nutrient cycling, flood storage, and various other ecosystem services. However, coastal wetlands throughout the Great Lakes have been impacted by many anthropogenic stressors, which necessitates both restoration of impaired wetlands as well as protection of well-functioning wetlands. The Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Consortium developed a Great Lakes basin-scale monitoring program to assess status and trends in wetland condition, generate data to prioritize wetland protection and restoration investments, and to track long-term outcomes of restoration projects.  The monitoring program was implemented in 2011 and is now in its 6th year.  Data generated by the program have been incorporated into a new decision support tool that allows users to visualize wetland conditions and prioritize wetlands for potential protection or restoration investments.  The decision support tool utilizes a web interface to interact with monitoring data, select wetland attributes of interest, and visualize results in a mapping environment.  The new tool is currently being used to prioritize restoration projects in western Lake Erie and Saginaw Bay as part of the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC’s Landscape Conservation Design process for this region.  Our goal is to continue refining the tool and expand its geographic scope throughout the Great Lakes basin.

Wednesday February 8, 2017 10:20am - 10:40am CST
Grand Ballroom E

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