The Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, announced a proposed initiative in June 2016 that aims to bring back an extirpated species to the state – Arctic grayling.  The Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative seeks to establish self-sustaining populations of this species throughout its historical range in Michigan. The initiative has more than 45 partners collaborating on the reintroduction.

The next steps include identifying interest and abilities of partners, collecting baseline data, initiating the building of broodstock and stocking efforts. The Manistee River watershed, once known as a premier grayling river, will be the first location for reintroduction.

The DNR will work closely with partners as the proposed Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative moves forward. The Little River Band, located in Manistee County, has been engaged in extensive research for potential grayling reintroduction for several years.

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OUTREACH AND EDUCATION 

The goals identified in this Focus Area are intended to educate Michigan’s public on the many steps of this initiative. We also wish to gain public support by providing information on the significance of this effort and engage Michigan’s citizens and visitors to become responsible and informed stewards to assure the program’s success. 

 

To be successful, a variety of methods will be employed including an informational website, promotional videos and use of media outlets, and potentially educational modules for students or in-person outreach by project partners. 

Outreach and Education Goals:

  1. Promote an informed, supportive and engaged public.

  2. Develop information to reach multiple and diverse audiences.

  3. Identify collaborative partners and their roles.

  4. Create a stewardship plan that engages the public and will protect and help sustain this species.

For more detailed information on the Outreach and Education Focus Area, please view the Action Plan section for Outreach and Education.

Classroom setting for "Michigan Grayling 101" educational session
Classroom setting for "Michigan Grayling 101" educational session