Lakeshore Natural Resources Partnership (LNRP) 2018 Stewardship Investment Fund - Cultivating a Land and Water Ethic

Purpose

The Lakeshore Natural Resources Partnership (LNRP) cultivates community and stewardship from the ledge to the lakeshore in collaboration with our partner groups through this Lakeshore basin. Located in Northeast and East Central Wiscosnin, the Lakeshore basin is defined by the Niagara escarpment and includes all of Door, Kewaunee, and Manitowoc Counties, as well as the eastern portions of Calumet and Brown Counties, and the northeastern part of Sheboygan County. Its rivers, streams and creeks all drain into Lake Michigan to the east and the bay of Green Bay to the west. The Lakeshore includes 12 watersheds covering 2650 square miles, 309 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, 193 miles of streams, 139 inland lakes, and many forested and wetland areas. The basin's larger river systems include the Ahnapee, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, East and West Twin Rivers, and the Sheboygan River. Its diversity of islands, forests, wetlands, sand dunes, and ridge and swale topography provides habitat to an abundance of rare, threatened, and endangered plants and animals.

Objective

This project will provide funding support for LNRP's Stewardship Investment Fund. The LNRP Stewardship Fund is designed to support: - Internal investment: allocations to the operations of LNRP in the delivery of our vision, mission, operational goals, and purpose; - Partnership funds: allocations bundled with existing capacity and designed to further collaborative partnerships, stakeholder engagement, and membership development; - Community and project grants: allocations that fund stewardship-based "Restore the Shore" projects and activities with collaborative partners throughout the lakeshore. These grants will be the focus of funding from the Great Lakes Protection Fund (GLPF).

Outcome

LNRP's goal in 2018 is to fund each partner organization under the LNRP umbrella with between $2,500 and $25,000 to initiative projects that align with Water Resources Protection, Environmental Education and Outreach, and Lake-Use Protection and Habitat Restoration. The main objective of this project is to promote LNRP's mission, "Cultivating Community and Stewardship from the Ledge to the Lakeshore" by strengthening and supporting our local and regional partners. We aim to inspire a Water Ethic throughout the lakeshore region's citizens and community leaders by extending Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic. Within the "We All Live on the Water" message, we want to expand understanding and awareness of critical water resource issues through all our media and community outreach and events. LNRP has leveraged this approach to establish the Lakeshore Water Institute in collaboration with UW-Manitowoc. LNRP expresses consistent messaging in print articles, social media, radio interviews, and public presentations letters to the editor, and op-ed pieces, as well as host and collaborate on educational and experiential "Water"-themed events with our community and program partners. Ultimately, LNRP looks to install and build a greater sense of place throughout the Lakeshore region. Specific outcomes will include: 1) Water Quality Improvements, 2) Invasive Species Removal, 3) Habitat Restoration and Protection, 4) Green Infrastructure Development, 5) Capacity Building.

Study Design

Priorities for funding are: - Water Resources Protection: Projects using best management practices that monitor or improve streams, rivers, lakes, or wetlands; - Environmental Education and Outreach: projects that establish or iimprove communication and education about water quality issues for the general public, youth, and stewardship community; - Land-Use Protection and Habitat Restoration: projects using best management practices that focus on improving land development decisions and management to restore or protect water quality.

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Scope of Work for LNRP's "LNRP 2018 Stewardship Investment Fund - Cultivating a Land and Water Ethic" project