The Lake Superior Collaborative formed in 2018 to coordinate protection and restoration efforts in Wisconsin’s portion of the Lake Superior Basin. The collaborative is composed of governmental agencies, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations working in or near the Lake Superior Basin of Wisconsin.

The Lake Superior Collaborative has evolved from historical partnership efforts conducted by the Lake Superior Basin Partner Team (1998-2012), the Chequamegon Bay Area Partnership (2009-2017), and the Lake Superior Landscape Restoration Partnership (2014-2017). The current Lake Superior Collaborative operates under the principles set forth in the 2018 Collaborative Charter and revised in 2020.

Shared Vision

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


  1. Align local natural resource management priorities with regional priorities, including the Lake Superior Lakewide Action and Management Plan.
  2. Implement on-the-ground collaborative projects on public and private lands that reduce nonpoint source pollution, improve land use, preserve fish and wildlife habitat, and increase climate change resiliency.
  3. Facilitate networking and information exchange among partners.
  4. Coordinate public outreach efforts to increase awareness and engagement in watershed stewardship.
  5. Assess the value-added benefits of the Collaborative’s efforts to promote protection and restoration of the Lake Superior Basin in Wisconsin.
  6. Pursue funding opportunities to increase the investment in protection and restoration of the Lake Superior Basin in Wisconsin.


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

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