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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was launched in 2010 to accelerate efforts to protect and restore the largest system of fresh surface water in the world — the Great Lakes.
As one of GLRI’s 16 task force members, the Forest Service uses Great Lakes Restoration Initiative resources to strategically target the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem and to accelerate progress toward long term restoration goals for this important ecosystem.
On September 24, 2014 the EPA released a new action plan that guides federal agencies in the protection of watershed resources through FY 2019. GLRI Action Plan II summarizes the actions that federal agencies are implementing during FY15-19. Planned actions build on restoration and protection work carried out under the first GLRI Action Plan, with a major focus on:

  • Cleaning up Great Lakes Areas of Concern
  • Preventing and controlling invasive species
  • Reducing nutrient runoff that contributes to harmful/nuisance algal blooms
  • Restoring habitat to protect native species

Click here for more information on GLRI and to read the latest action plan.

Cover Letter with background and instructions.
Request for Proposal—Includes instructions for these program areas:

  • Mitigate Emerald Ash Borer(EAB) Impacts-Ash tree replacement with non-host species in urban EAB quarantine areas to protect and restore biodiversity and water quality in targeted sub-watersheds, and to reduce soil erosion and nutrient runoff (esp. phosphorus).
  • Reduce Toxic Substances in Brownfield Sites–Plant site-appropriate trees and vegetation to remediate certain toxic substances and restore green infrastructure that will reduce storm-water runoff..
  • Reduce Runoff from Degraded Sites through Green Infrastructure – Protect and restore watersheds through improved green infrastructure using trees and other vegetation to reduce storm water runoff on degraded sites on non- federal lands.

Application Form—Includes template for project submittal.

Funded projects for reference

Please check with the appropriate state forestry agency for deadline and process information. Click here for a list of state foresters.

Making news: A primer for traditional and social media success
The Northeastern Area’s Making news webinar targeted Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grantees, providing a framework and path for our partners to get the word out about the great work they do for the health of the Great Lakes. Though the webinar focuses on the niche of GLRI grants and partners, the methods and many of the messages for garnering media interest apply to a wide diversity of urban forestry successes.


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