Michigan's Arctic Grayling Initiative receives grant for fund development

The money will help develop a fund development strategy and initial grant applications. 
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Statewide DNR News

Nov. 13, 2017

Contact: Ed Eisch, 231-922-6055 or Elyse Walter, 517-284-5839

Rotary Charities of Traverse City provides grant to support fund development for Michigan's Arctic Grayling Initiative

Arctic Grayling in fisherman's handThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently was  awarded a $10,000 grant from Rotary Charities of Traverse City to facilitate a fund development strategy in support of Michigan’s Arctic Grayling Initiative.

This initiative, a statewide partnership effort focused on restoring self-sustaining populations of this native fish, was founded by the DNR and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in June 2016. The partnership includes more than 40 organizations.

The $10,000 grant will support grant research and writing by NorthSky Nonprofit Network, a management support organization administered through Rotary Charities. The project will include a fund development strategy matching public and private funding sources with project phases and the development of the initial grant applications to secure funding for initial phases of the Arctic Grayling reintroduction.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our organizations to be a catalyst for what we hope will be the historic return of the grayling to northern Michigan streams,” said Marsha Smith, executive director of Rotary Charities. “We are impressed by the scale of this partnership. This kind of collaboration is exactly what will generate important solutions for our region and all of Michigan.”

The first stage of Michigan’s Arctic Grayling Initiative is expected to take five years of research project development, acquisition of fertilized eggs from Montana and/or Alaska, raising fry (small fish) in a controlled environment, and research to assess acclimation, mortality and other factors.

“Securing this grant will lay the foundation for developing funds from the public and private sources this project requires to move forward,” said DNR Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter. “This is an effort that needs to be owned by many organizations if it is to achieve its intended historic results.”

This is the second of two grants awarded to support the reintroduction of Arctic grayling. The first came from the Consumers Energy Foundation in the amount of $117,000 to support identifying prime northern Michigan streams for this work.

For more information on Michigan’s Arctic Grayling Initiative, visit migrayling.com.

/Note to editors: An accompanying photo is available for download. A suggested caption follows. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Rotary Charities of Traverse City recently awarded the DNR a $10,000 grant to support fund development efforts by Michigan's Arctic Grayling Initiative./ 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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