Introducing an Arctic Grayling Documentary from Troy Athens High School

Troy Athens High School students took on the Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative work as this year's major documentary to create in their film and video class. We are very excited to share this video with you - take a look: Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative documentary

More information regarding the initiative, the film, and the crew that created this amazing video may be found at

Many thanks to the students and their advisor for this professional video and for all of the time they spent talking to so many partners of the initiative.

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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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