Residents can join effort to sustain Michigan’s inland lakes at June 24 forum in Traverse City

posted on May 5, 2010 10:03am


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EAST LANSING,  Mich. – Michigan’s inland lakes are precious resources that provide multiple benefits to the state’s residents. A group of organizations has come together to explore opportunities for ensuring the quality, sustainability and ecological diversity of the state’s lakes, and is inviting others to become involved in its work.

The Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership (MILP), a new effort that includes representatives from state and local agencies, Native American nations, outreach institutions,  non-profit organizations, businesses and industries, is sponsoring a free, open forum for everyone interested in preserving Michigan’s inland lakes on June 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center in Traverse City.

During the forum,  residents can learn about the MILP and its organizers’ strategic plan and mission, and successful projects to date. They can ask questions, provide input and learn how they can be involved in efforts to protect and maintain Michigan’s 11,000 inland lakes’ resources.

“If you’re an individual who’s interested in maintaining the quality of Michigan’s inland lakes, you can also take some time to visit the new MILP website to learn about its activities and identify a partner organization that you might be interested in working with,” said Dr. Jo Latimore, Michigan State University (MSU)  fisheries and wildlife outreach specialist.  

Individuals can learn about the MILP and its initiatives by visiting the organization’s new website at   The site provides a wide body of information about Michigan’s inland lakes that everyone from homeowners to business owners to recreational boaters to elementary students can use to learn more about the lakes, their history,  management and ecology.

“The MILP was formed in response to recognition there are lots of organizations that are working to protect Michigan’s inland lakes, but there was no way to share communication among them or offer them opportunities to interact,” Latimore said. “The partnership, the forum, the website and activities give them a way to interact and share what we’ve learned about our lakes. That’s been one of the biggest advantages right from the beginning.”

Though the event is free, participants are asked to call ahead or e-mail to reserve a seat. This open forum is sponsored by the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership and Grand Traverse County MSU Extension. To learn more about MILP or the open forum,  visit the website or contact Latimore at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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