What is the Lake Superior Collaborative?

The Lake Superior Collaborative (LSC) is a network of organizations working in partnership to coordinate protection, restoration, & climate resilience efforts in the Wisconsin portion of the Lake Superior watershed.

 

Who We Are

The collaborative is composed of local governments, state, Tribal, & federal government agencies, academic institutions, & non-profit organizations working within the Lake Superior Basin of Wisconsin. View a list of LSC partners.

 

History

The Lake Superior Collaborative formed in 2018 after regional partners identified the need & desire for continued collaboration, networking, & knowledge-sharing that was provided by prior regional partnerships. The LSC evolved from previous partnership efforts including the Lake Superior Basin Partner Team (1998-2012), the Chequamegon Bay Area Partnership (2009-2017), & the Lake Superior Landscape Restoration Partnership (2014-2017). The Lake Superior Collaborative now operates under the principles set forth in the Lake Superior Collaborative Charter (established 2018 & revised in 2020).

 

Shared Vision

The communities & ecosystems of Wisconsin’s Lake Superior Basin are climate resilient & supported by sustained & collaborative conservation partnerships and projects.

 

What We Do

The LSC supports & promotes climate resilience practices in northern Wisconsin in a number of ways. Specific goals outlined in the LSC Charter include:

  1. Align local land, water, & conservation stewardship efforts with priorities outlined in the Lake Superior Lakewide Action & Management Plan.
  2. Ensure the wellbeing of water and other beings by implementing public & private land projects that reduce & prevent nonpoint source pollution, improve land use, preserve fish & wildlife habitat, & increase climate change resiliency.
  3. Facilitate networking & information exchange among LSC partners.
  4. Coordinate strategic outreach and engagement efforts to foster watershed stewardship among Lake Superior basin residents, local decision-makers, and private landowners.
  5. Support local engagement in watershed stewardship through strategic and coordinated outreach and engagement.
  6. Pursue funding opportunities that increase investment in the protection & restoration of the Lake Superior Basin in Wisconsin.
  7. Assess and communicate the value-added benefits of Collaborative efforts to protect & restore the Lake Superior Basin in Wisconsin.

 

Photo credits: Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve & Erin Burkett

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