The Ohio Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and The Nature Conservancy of Canada are embarking on a site conservation planning effort for the Western Lake Erie Islands and nearshore bedrock reef communities. The Western Lake Erie Islands were identified for significant aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity in the Great Lakes Basin ecoregion.
An initial meeting with conservation partners, held in November, began to address technical questions concerning ecological systems and ecological integrity. During the next year, TNC intends to identify the most pervasive stresses to the ecological systems of the islands and begin to formulate conservation strategies that they and local partners can address. Selection of conservation targets is underway. Stresses to these targets and the source of the stresses will be identified, followed by development of conservation strategies to abate critical threats and enhance the viability of the targets. Finally, success measures will monitor biodiversity health and threat levels to the targets.