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The UPRC&D Council Has A New AmeriCorps Member: Quinn Collins

As a Huron Pines AmeriCorps member, Quinn will be serving at the UPRC&D Council as the Invasive Plant Specialist. Quinn graduated from Chisago Lakes High School in Lindstrom, Minnesota in 2009, then made his way to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Eau Claire, WI, where he pursued a bachelor’s degree in Ecology & Environmental Biology. During his time in Eau Claire, he was fortunate enough to work on multiple research and conservation projects throughout the greater Eau Claire area with both professors from the university and local community members. The most rewarding experience for him during this time was an invasive species management proposal which he developed with a professor for better managing the invasive plant species in the state natural area located on the university’s campus. His involvement in the development and implementation of the proposal really opened his eyes to the importance and urgency of the invasive species problem.

 

In May of last year, Quinn received his bachelor’s degree and headed west to Nevada to serve as a member of the Great Basin Institute AmeriCorps program as an Invasive Plant Technician. In the 6 and a half months he served, the crew sprayed, hand-pulled, and dug up nearly 300 acres of invasive plants on US Forest Service land in the Santa Rosa Mountain Ranger District. He really enjoyed working closely with the USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, and local ranchers on a day to day basis to fight the great fight of invasive plants. As great as the mountains of the west may be, being back in the Midwest serving for Huron Pines at the UP RC&D Council gives Quinn an overwhelming sense of belonging. The lakes and rivers, the diversity of flora and fauna; it’s what makes this place so special and so essential to protect. He’s looking forward to his service in the UP.

 

An important part of Quinn's service will be working wih all five Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMAs) developing outreach materials to increase exposure of a new group called the Upper Peninsula Invasives Council (UPIC).  This group will facilitate communication between the five CWMAs to more efficiently manage invasive species.  Quinn will continue to produce the the bimonthly electronic newsletter called The UPIC eNews which highlights projects, invasive species news, stories from the field, or anything of interest to the 5 CWMAs.  He will also serve on the conference planning committee for the 6th annual Northern Great Lakes Invasive Species Conference, which will be held in the fall of 2015.

 

 

The UP RC&D Council does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.  

UP RC&D Council is the Recipient of a $964,922 GLRI Award

EPA Awards 15 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants Totaling Over $8 Million to Combat Invasive Species

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the award of 15 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants totaling more than $8 million for projects to combat invasive species in the Great Lakes basin.

 

“These Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants will be used to target aquatic and terrestrial invasive species in the Great Lakes basin,” said Region 5 Administrator/ Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman. “The projects will also help to prevent the introduction of new invasive species that pose significant risks to the Great Lakes ecosystem.” Since 2010, EPA has funded more than 80 GLRI projects totaling over $50 million to combat invasive species.


Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council ($964,922) will collaborate with local and regional partners to restore 800 acres of coastal shoreline and wetlands in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (in the Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Superior watersheds) by treating invasive phragmites. The council will also train local groups to detect new infestations and assume stewardship for long-term control efforts.

 

More information about this project and how you can report locations of invasive phragmites in the UP can be found on Phragmites Project page. The UP Phragmites Project Landowner Permission Form can be found on the Project page. When you get to that page scroll down to the "Documents Section" and select the permission form document to view and print

 

 

 

UP RC&D Council is the Recipient of a $1 Million Dollar NAWCA Grant 

 

The Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council (UPRCD), working in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited (DU) and several other partners, was recently awarded a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to protect, restore and enhance habitat in the Upper Peninsula for waterfowl and other wildlife that depend on wetlands. The grant will also fund work related to specific management limitations at two of the most productive and intensively managed wetland complexes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Other partners in the grant proposal include Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Nature Association, Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy, Raber Area Sportsmen’s Club, Sault Area Sportsmen’s Club, Straits Area Sportsmen’s Club, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and private landowners.  Collectively, partners have pledged more than $2.1 million dollars in matching funds in pursuit of this grant.

 

This is a complex project that has a large number of partners engaged and it’s rewarding to see all of the pieces fitting into place and leading to a significant impact on our natural lands. The coastal wetland project will protect 2,272 acres and enhance 1,455 acres, including 2,143 acres of wetlands. The project will also secure approximately 13 miles of riparian waterways and protect an additional 8 miles of migration and breeding habitats along beaches, lakeshores, islands and Great Lakes shorelines, including habitat for the piping plover, a federally listed endangered species.

 

The UP RC&D Council is very excited to play a key role in helping to bring these federal grant dollars to the UP. Project highlights include providing funds to The Nature Conservancy to purchase and permanently protect a two acre tract of Lake Superior shoreline in Grand Marais that is critical habitat for the piping plover. Funds will also be used to secure a conservation easement on a 640 acre parcel in the upper reaches of the Peshekee River which includes 6,000 feet of river frontage. More than half the grant funds will be used to help the Michigan DNR and Ducks Unlimited work together to improve water level management at the Mususcong State Wildlife Management Area in Chippewa County, and the Sturgeon River Sloughs State Wildlife Area in Houghton County, enhancing over 1,400 acres of habitat for migrating waterfowl, outdoor recreationists and hunters.

 


 

 

 

This page last updated on 5/21/2015.
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