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Polluted runoff from land-use practices is a major threat to the health of the Saginaw Bay in Lake Huron, an estuary that the Nature Conservancy, a global conservation group, has identified as a high priority for protection and restoration. To address this problem, the conservancy has developed science-based tools that will allow resource managers to determine where in the watershed to implement agricultural best management practices and how much of a given practice to apply to achieve optimal conservation results. With this renewal, the conservancy will continue to work with the agricultural community in the Saginaw Bay Watershed to implement such best management practices, which will be aided by major federal support under the Resource Conservation Partnership Program.
Just over 90 local land trusts are active in the four southeastern ecoregions of interest to Mott's freshwater ecosystems grantmaking. With previous support, the Land Trust Alliance, a national provider of technical assistance to land trusts, has worked in the region to build land trust effectiveness, encourage strategic planning and partnerships, accelerate the pace of private land conservation, and help ensure the permanence of land conservation achievements. Renewal support will enable the alliance to continue this work with an emphasis on helping land trusts prepare for a new voluntary land trust accreditation process.
This grant renews support to the Prima Civitas Foundation to pursue a broad range of initiatives and strategies designed to make Michigan globally competitive in the new economy. Begun in 2005 with the mission of transforming Mid-Michigan's economy, Prima Civitas now works statewide to build networks that connect Michigan's knowledge assets with catalytic opportunities for economic growth. During the grant period the organization will implement a refined strategic plan focused on key drivers of economic and community development, including developing emerging markets and industry sectors; regional economic development strategies; and recruiting, retaining, and developing a 21st century workforce.
Fueling Positive Change in the Motor City
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