A Critical Resource Evaluation for the Lake Michigan Shorelands Alliance

One of the Lake Michigan Shorelands Alliance's (LMSA), major initiatives is the creation of a comprehensive conservation plan to identify priority areas for protection amid this landscape full of opportunity. A key element of this endeavor is the production of maps to help reveal critical areas of concern and guide conservation planning.
Year Published2010
Landscape ContextInland
Housing DensitySuburban, Rural
Funding TypeBoth (Public and Private)
Habitat FocusForest, Planted/Cultivated, Wetlands
Organizations InvolvedThe Trust for Public Land and Gathering Waters
ValuesWater Quality, Open Space/Habitat, Recreation, Working Land
Stakeholder InvolvementStakeholders were not consulted in the process. By design, only outreach to land trust leaders across the study area was conducted.
Planning ProcessThe planning process followed the below steps:

1. Document review and analysis.
2.  Interviews with local land trust leaders.
3. Conducting mapping analysis for four goals - translating those goals into maps.
4. Final report.
Desired OutcomesArticulate shared goals and priorities for the land trusts working across the region that can  serve as an update to the analysis completed for Landscapes of Opportunity (by Gathering Waters).