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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45+ Partners and growing

This project is made possible by the foundational partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, with support and assistance from the following partners:

Anglers of the Au Sable

Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies

Bay Mills Indian Community

Brook Trout Coalition

Central Michigan University

City of Grayling

Conservation Resource Alliance

Consumers Energy

Crawford County Commission

Dani Knoph Wildlife Art

Delta College

Elk-Skegemog Lakes Association

Federation of Fly Fishers, Great Lakes Council

Friends of the Jordan River Watershed

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

Grand Valley State University

Hannahville Indian Community

Harrietta Hills Hatchery

Henry E. Wenger Foundation

Huron Pines Resource Conservation and Development

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Lake Superior State University

Little Manistee Watershed Conservation Council

Little River Bank of Ottawa Indians

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Manistee County Community Foundation

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Michigan Hydropower Coalition

Michigan State University

Michigan Technological University

Michigan Trout Unlimited

Michigan TU Headwaters Chapter

Michigan TU Kalamazoo Valley Chapter

Michigan TU Marquette Chapter

Michigan TU Mason/Griffith/Founders Chapter

Michigan Wildlife Conservancy

Northern Michigan University

Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Senator Stabenow

The Nature Conservancy

Traverse City Rotary Camps & Services

Traverse City Rotary Charities

Traverse Magazine

University of Michigan

United States Fish and Wildlife Service

United States Forest Service

United States Geological Survey