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May 31, 2022

Mapping Critical Wildlife Habitat in the Lake Superior Basin

Lindsay Hunt
Ecologist Lindsay Hunt from the Lake Michigan Ecological Research Station at a 2016 meeting in Lansing, Michigan.

Lindsay Hunt (GLSC, Chesterton, Indiana) delivered a presentation to the Lake Superior Terrestrial Habitat & Wildlife Committee of the Lake Superior Partnership on Thursday, April 21, 2022. The partnership is working on developing maps of critical wildlife habitat for the Lake Superior basin. The partnership implements the Lake Superior Lake-wide Action and Management Plan. Hunt introduced the committee to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Terrestrial Habitat and Connectivity (TH&C) working group and discussed two projects. The first is the prospective study of land use change in 2050 and how it may impact habitat connectivity for wildlife in the Northern Lakes and Forest ecosystem. The second project addresses habitat connectivity for specific wildlife species in the TH&C pilot area, which lies within the Lake Superior watershed on the south shore of the lake from east of Iron River, Wisconsin, to Marquette, Michigan. There was considerable interest in habitat connectivity from the committee.