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Forest Service Supports Great Lakes Restoration With $4.5M in Grants

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Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Photo credit: Jim Kurovsky

The USDA Forest Service recently awarded nearly $4.5 million in grants to support 27 projects using Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding.

The U.S. Forest Service uses GLRI grants to strategically target the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem and accelerate progress toward shared long-term restoration goals. As a result of this collaborative effort of the Forest Service and Environmental Protection Agency, over 540,000 trees have been planted on nonfederal lands since 2010, preventing over 31 million gallons of stormwater runoff per year.

Read the full Forest Service news release

Visit the Forest Service GLRI grant program website

This year's funded organizations:


  • Openlands
  • The Morton Arboretum
  • Wildlife Habitat Council


  • Ottawa Conservation District
  • Ottawa National Forest
  • The Greening of Detroit
  • Alliance of Rouge Communities
  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Superior Watershed Partnership¬†
  • Lake Superior State University
  • Trout Unlimited


  • The Nature Conservancy

New York:

  • Onondaga County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Finger Lakes National Forest


  • Metropolitan Park District of the Toledo Area
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History,
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Western Reserve Land Conservancy
  • Chagrin River Watershed Partners
  • Cleveland Metroparks


  • Ozaukee County
  • Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership
  • City of Milwaukee
  • Ozaukee Washington Land Trust