A website for detailed exploration of coastal wetlands conservation in Western Lake Erie, Saginaw Bay, and their connecting river system is now available. The site includes narrative created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and New College of Florida.
The site combines geospatial data, biological information and models and is intended to assist in protecting species, habitats and natural processes across landscapes. The tool also enables cooperation and collaboration amongst organizations working towards similar conservation goals.
While the new site is not applicable to Lake Superior coastal wetlands, it is nevertheless, a fascinating tool incorporating both data and mapping capabilities. The site’s concept could become a model for coastal wetlands conservation in other part of the Great Lakes, and elsewhere.
Key components of the site include:
- a coastal wetland decision support tool
- a restoration assessment tool
- tools for identification and prioritization of conservation actions
- historical information about coastal wetlands.
This initiative came about after the U.S.Geological Survey released restoration assessment data for the Western Lake Erie and Saginaw Bay Area. The data is the product of a study funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and facilitated by the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Coastal Conservation Working Group. Hosted by USGS, the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative is leading development of the site.