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Restoration Practices

It can be challenging for environmental managers to find restoration practices that work reliably given the complexity and diversity of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems throughout the region. The GLSC conducts research to clarify the best approaches to restoring habitat and species, such as coastal wetlands along Lake Erie, Atlantic salmon in Lake Ontario, and oak savanna and dune habitats near Lake Michigan. In some cases, as with spawning habitat restoration in the Detroit River, the GLSC develops and implements an “adaptive management” process whereby ongoing monitoring and evaluation are incorporated directly into successive management decisions.