What We Do


Urban Conservation

Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The vast majority of the citizens of the upper Midwest and Great Lakes landscape live in metropolitan areas that have grown up around the region’s lakes and rivers.Many of these cities are important stopover sites for migratory birds, and all of these cities represent opportunities for re-greening and re-designing the sustainable and nature-connected cities of the future. Cities are increasingly showing leadership in developing innovative solutions to environmental problems, and across the region cities are adopting green infrastructure approaches to water management that benefit both economic and environmental sustainability. Working in urban areas is an opportunity for the LCC to connect with the people of the region by restoring nature where they live, and engaging this vast natural resource of urban citizens in implementing and monitoring science-based restoration projects.

Coordinated by the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC, an Urban Conservation Work Group is supporting actions that:

  • Fully address all components of Strategic Habitat Conservation: Planning, science, implementation, results monitoring, and the use of results in ongoing project improvement
  • Engage large numbers of urban residents in phases of project design, implementation, or results monitoring
  • Develop policy based on research findings; provide LCC-wide support to more local regional planning efforts
  • Develop innovative partnerships for urban habitat restoration projects by identifying shared desired outcomes with nontraditional funding and implementation partners focused on health, economy, and education in cities
  • Replicate successful urban restoration and monitoring models by exporting to suitable new cities
  • Support climate adaptation and preparedness efforts by cities
  • Communicate results – disseminate information to other urban areas in ways that results can be reproduced