Interested Parties to the Great Lakes Panel on ANS may use this page to provide updates on their agency or organization's aquatic invasive species activities. Please provide the name of your organization, a brief summary of the activities, and contact information. You may refer to the Panel Member Updates page for example updates.
The Eastern Region of the Forest Service recently signed an agreement with the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA, http://www.npaa.net/) to collaborate with NPAA members at several walleye tours and tournaments across the Great Lakes region. During these tours and tourneys, NPAA members
sponsor youth fishing clinics. It is at these events that the Forest Service will work with NPAA members to share aquatic invasive species (AIS) messages with both youth and adults.
The Forest Service seeks support for this effort from Great Lakes Panel members by asking for the donation of aquatic invasive species outreach materials (such as watch cards, brochures, CDs, etc) that can be distributed by NPAA members.
If interested in providing materials, please contact NPAA Executive Director, Patrick Neu (email@example.com, 920-559-6901) or Nick Schmal (414-297-3431, firstname.lastname@example.org), US Forest Service, Eastern Region, Fish and Aquatic Ecology Program Leader, for further details.
The Forest Service has also finalized arrangements with the NGO Wildlife Forever (www.WildlifeForever.org) to support an AIS outreach and education campaign covering the entire Great Lakes region. Wildlife Forever's Marketing Director, Pat Conzemius is contacting state and federal natural resource agencies in the Great Lakes region to discuss partnership opportunities for this campaign. The campaign also includes the development and airing of a conservation education television program about aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes. Production of this show is set to begin soon. Please contact Pat (email@example.com, 763-253-0222) for more information.
The Forest Service is also finalizing plans with Discovery World, a science education museum and aquarium in Milwaukee, WI, to provide funding for enhanced AIS exhibits and signage in the aquarium and in support of a summer class for high school students on AIS in the Great Lakes.
Finally, we continue to move forward with plans to implement a recreational boat inspection and cleaning demonstration project on and around the Ottawa National Forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula this summer. For more details see http://wiki.glin.net/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=18743723 or contact John Rothlisberger.
Contact: John Rothlisberger (414) 297-1749 firstname.lastname@example.org