Michigan Chapter, North American Lake Management Society
The purpose of McNALMS is to promote understanding and comprehensive management of Michigan's inland lake ecosystems
Michigan Conservation Stewards Program Enrollment Open Michigan State University Extension is offering a volunteer leader training program designed for those interested in learning science-based ecosystem management principles and sharing this knowledge with others to help improve Michigan’s natural communities. Participants learn about the history of conservation activities in Michigan, basic ecological principles, ecoregional classifications, current conservation issues, how to make choices to managing natural resources, and how citizens can get involved in citizen science. In addition to this foundation, participants learn about terrestrial ecosystems (forestlands and grasslands) and aquatic ecosystems (wetlands, lakes, and streams). Through participation in this program, participants learn essential strategies to help restore and conserve ecosystems throughout Michigan.
Classroom and field-based training led by experts in various fields of conservation and natural resources, including the following lectures, interactive learning and field experiences:
Self-paced online learning modulesprovided via Michigan State University’s Desire2Learn (D2L) course management interface which participants will complete on their own including: Program Overview & Michigan Conservation Heritage; Ecological Foundations and Ecoregions; Terrestrial Ecosystems: Grasslands; Invasive Species/Climate Change; Aquatic Ecosystems: Streams; Terrestrial Field Experience; Aquatic Field Experience; Michigan’s Unique Conservation Heritage & Making Choices for Natural Resources Management; Ecology 101; Forests and Forest Ecosystems and Management 101; and Introduction to Lakes and Wetland Ecosystems & Management
40 hour Volunteer service requirement (including the completion of an in-class volunteer project related to an area of interest that begins during the course and continues after course work is completed, as well as additional community-based volunteer service related to restoring and conserving Michigan’s ecosystems.)
To become a certified Michigan Conservation Steward, participants must fulfill all segments in each of the above sections. Enrollment is currently open for both the Kalamazoo and Washtenaw programs. For more information, visit the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program page.
MSU Extension to offer lake ecology and management education online
Michigan State University Extension announces the return of the Introduction to Lakes program, now offered online. Updated, reformatted and current, the six-unit series is specially designed for lakefront property owners, lake association members, lake improvement board members, local government officials, natural resource professionals, K-12 educators and others interested in learning about Michigan’s 11,000 inland lakes. Enrollment is now open through October 1, 2015.
Previously the program was taught face-to-face around the state. With the new Introduction to Lakes online course you will have week-by-week, 24/7 access to six online units -- complete with video lectures, activities, resources, discussion forums, quizzes, and live chat sessions with Michigan State University Extension experts, all from the comfort of your home or office. Through this convenient format you will increase your knowledge and understanding of lake ecology, lake and their watersheds, shorelines, Michigan water law, aquatic plant management, and citizen involvement in lake stewardship.
The week-by-week schedule allows for regular communications with classmates and course instructors through weekly, topical discussion forums and pre-scheduled live chat sessions.
Course instructors are MSU Extension educators and specialists including Bindu Bhakta, Terry Gibb, Jane Herbert, Dr. Jo Latimore and Dr. Lois Wolfson.
Introduction to Lakes begins October 6th. Enrollment ends October 1st. The cost of the course is $75. Register by August 31, 2015 to receive the early bird rate of $60. Please note this introductory discounted registration pricing is only available in 2015. For complete registration details please visit the Introduction to Lakes web page at:http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/introduction_to_lakes_online
Appreciating Your Lake to Keep Waters Healthy
Lakes Appreciation Month was this past July. But, we should appreciate our beautiful inland lakes all year long. All life relies on water, and our water resources cannot be taken for granted. Our parent organization, the North American Lake Management Society provides a list of activities you can do to help keep our waters safe and clean. Click here to see what you can do.
National NALMS News
NALMS is accepting abstracts for the 35th International Symposium to be held in Saratoga Springs, New York from November 17 – 20, 2015. Abstracts are due by May 22, 2015. Click here to download the Call for Abstracts.
Since January 1, 2012, Michigan law restricts phosphorus fertilizer applications on lawns. For more information click here.
All meetings are open to members (RSVP to the Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan to attend). Meetings begin at 9:30am in 105 Manly Miles Bldg., 1405 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI unless noted otherwise.
Encourages cooperation and interaction among lake and watershed professionals, practitioners and managers to address problems impacting Michigan's lakes.
Promotes the sharing of information and experiences on scientific, financial, administrative, legal, and legislative aspects of lake and watershed management.
Fosters the development of lake restoration and protection programs at local, state, and national levels.
Promotes wise lake management by enhancing public awareness through education.
Provides a forum for citizens and managers to share ideas and promote common objectives.
Great Inland Lakes
Michigan's freshwater resources are perhaps its greatest treasures. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes, Michigan enjoys a unique resource that is unparalleled. For all of us who live, work and play on these wonderful lake resources, their is a vital role to be played in their protection, management and wise use.
The Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) is a group of professionals, practitioners, and interested citizens, who care about the preservation and wise management of Michigan lakes. Focusing on inland lakes, McNALMS is an affiliate member of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS - www.nalms.org), an international society. Through this affiliation, McNALMS is able to draw on the expertise of scientists, engineers, policymakers, and citizens from throughout the world.
McNALMS includes members from state, federal and local agencies as well as professionals working in limnology, biology, fisheries, recreation, and engineering. The Chapter provides a unique opportunity for individuals, groups and lake advocates to come together to achieve shared lake protection and restoration objectives.
If you share our interest in protecting and restoring Michigan's wonderful lake resources, we invite you to join with us and add your voice to our growing and active effort.