Ontario is calling on not-for-profit community groups, youth groups, schools, First Nations and Métis communities and other local groups to help protect and restore their part of the Great Lakes by applying for a Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund grant. The fund, now in its fourth year,supports community projects with a direct environmental benefit such as:
- planting trees
- creating rain gardens
- restoring wetland habitat
- controlling invasive species
- cleaning up a beach or shoreline
- naturalizing stream banks and shorelines.
You can get a grant of up to $25,000 for your project. Smaller projects are also encouraged. This year’s fund will award $1.5 million in total for eligible projects. Since 2012, $4.5M has been awarded to 221 community-based projects.
Have you taken a trip to Belle Isle lately? If not, it’s about time you did! The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has initiated an extensive ecological restoration program at Belle Isle with support from Friends of Detroit River. Some of the projects include:
- Blue Heron Lagoon restoration, while linking some of the waterways surrounding the island, providing fish, frogs, turtles and snakes with a place for spawning and growth
- Invasive species control, including phragmites, reed canary grass, and Japanese knotweed
- South Fishing Pier improvements
For more information, check out an interactive map and interviews with WDET’s Sandra Svoboda, as she takes a tour of the east end of Belle Isle with Sam Lovall, project manager for Friends of the Detroit River.