Second Partnership Meeting

Again held at the Ralph A. MacMullen Conference Center, the second partnership meeting focused on the core teams of Research, Management, Production as well as Education, Outreach and Stewardship (EOS) holding break-out sessions after the kick-off general session. Each core team focused on their strategic goals, sub-objectives and proposed timelines in order to start the creation of an action plan for reintroducing Arctic Grayling to Michigan. The session ended with each core team reporting out the goals and objectives they felt were most important to the outcome of the reintroduction and self-sustaining population of Arctic Grayling in Michigan.

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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 50 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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