Great Lakes Fishery Trust accepting proposals for Habitat Protection & Restoration

The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) is now accepting proposals for the Habitat Protection and Restoration grant program. There is up to $500,000 available  for 2017. This Request For Proposals (RFP) is for:

  • Protection, enhancement, and/or restoration of valuable Great Lakes fisheries habitat that supports the rehabilitation of lake trout, lake sturgeon, or other important Great Lakes fish populations.
  • Restoration of Great Lakes wetlands.
  • Removal of dams or barriers to restore fish passage (see Policy on Fish Passage and Other Dam Management Projects).
  • Field inventories that comprehensively identify road-stream crossings and other barriers at the watershed scale for watersheds identified as a high priority in planning or other management documents.
  • Targeted evaluations of the effectiveness of new or experimental approaches in habitat restoration and fish passage.
  • Preparation of an economic assessment comparing the lifespan and cost of properly and improperly placed road-stream crossing structures that would inform placement of design alternatives. Applicants interested in submitting a proposal in response to this priority must contact GLFT staff prior to submission of a proposal.
  • Targeted acquisition of land or easements to protect essential habitat.

Projects in the state of Michigan and projects within the Lake Michigan basin have priority for funding.

The application deadline is March 1, 2017.

For more information you can visit the GLFT website or contact Jim Hegarty, PE at or (616) 364–8491.



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