MAKE A DIFFERENCE: VOLUNTEER
Do you want to get involved? Each year the SWP offers dozens of opportunities for volunteers to get involved in local conservation, monitoring or education projects. These include everything from dune restoration to invasive plant removal, taking kids on field trips or restoring important fish habitat, monitoring streams or helping at a community waste collection event. The SWP can also coordinate events for families, visitors or large groups. To get involved just call the SWP: 906-228-6095.
Each spring and fall the SWP partners with local chapters of Trout Unlimited and other conservation organizations to assess the overall health of a variety of UP streams and rivers.
Huron River - Baraga County
Pilgrim River - Houghton County
Millacoquins River - Mackinac County
YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS
For over a decade the SWP has offered an eight week summer youth program where Upper Peninsula teenagers get a chance to work on a wide variety of regional conservation projects. Over the last few years this program has taken a quantum leap forward thanks to support from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC). The program now has two summer crews (including one all-girl crew) and has expanded programming to include environmental education, daily journaling and developing essential job skills. Recent youth crew highlights include;
- Stocking Coaster Brook Trout in Lake Superior.
- Renovating the tribal cemetery after a forest fire.
- Conducting stream monitoring and field inventories.
- Restoring native plants at the Sand Point Area of Concern.
- Removing invasive plant species from a wilderness area.
- Learning about the Ojibway language with a tribal elder.
- Helping to host the KBIC Pow Wow and kids fishing day.
The SWP and KBIC have designed the program to foster the next generation of Great Lakes stewards. Some of the daily journal entries from youth crew members attest to the programs popularity; “This job is really hard but I love it!” and “I’m proud of the work we do…I can’t wait to show my family”. The Youth Conservation Corps was originally conceived by Todd Warner, KBIC Natural Resource Director. Sadly, Warner died recently after a brief battle with cancer. In 2009, Warner worked with the SWP to design the youth program so it included working on real environmental restoration projects, learning essential job skills, incorporating journaling and outdoor recreation. In 2010, Warner said “These kids are the future stewards of this part of the world so we’re hoping to provide them with some education and experience, and maybe spark some interest in pursuing educational opportunities in a natural resource field.” The Warner family in cooperation with the SWP have established the Todd Warner Memorial Fund with proceeds going to the Youth Conservation Corps and college scholarships for youth corps members that pursue a college education in a conservation field.
The New Improved Great Lakes Shoreviewer!
The Superior Watershed Partnership is pleased to provide FREE high resolution color photography for every inch of Great Lakes coastline in the Upper Peninsula including Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Great Lakes ShoreViewer
Lake Superior holds more than 50% of the available fresh water in the United States (more than 10% of the worlds fresh water)! The SWP is at the forefront in promoting sustainable water management including community water conservation, pollution prevention, watershed management, green infrastructure and more. Protecting the headwaters of the Great Lakes benefits 32 million people living downstream. Join the SWP today!
Stormwater; A Resource Not a Waste Product!