The upper Midwest and Great Lakes are home to a diverse range of fish, wildlife plants and habitats including the Great Lakes, North America’s largest freshwater resource, coastal wetlands, boreal forests, major river systems and prairie-hardwood ecosystems. Many of these ecosystems surround heavily populated urban centers. Physical and social stressors like climate change, energy development, water demands, invasive species and population growth are all threatening the ecological integrity of the upper Midwest and Great Lakes landscape.
The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC is a partnership of more than 30 agencies and organizations and the LCC Network that are working to connect science and natural resources management across this important region. Through a collaborative approach among natural resources agencies and organizations, the LCC is paving the way to effectively respond to and prepare for the social, environmental and economic challenges of this dynamically changing landscape.