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Connecting People and Nature through Restoration with Natural Resource Damage Assessments and Brownfields Improvements: Midwest-Great Lakes Society of Ecological Restoration Meeting

Region 3, May 4, 2012

On May 4, 2012, Dr. Lisa Williams of the East Lansing Field Office and Dr. John Hartig of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge each gave invited talks in the opening plenary session of the Midwest-Great Lakes Society of Ecological Restoration annual meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Lisa described Natural Resource Damage Assessments as a path to restoration and described examples of restorations in and near urban areas that have been completed or are planned using NRDA settlements in Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana. John talked about the work being done to transform a former industrial site and adjacent wetland and uplands at Humbug Marsh into much-improved habitat with environmental education and a planned visitor’s center to help connect the nearly 7 million nearby residents with this Ramsar “Wetland of International Importance." John’s talk was titled “Extreme Makeover: Brownfield Edition." Approximately 100 people from local, state and federal agencies, colleges and universities, private companies and the public attended the plenary session.

Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov