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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) supports the Obama Administration's call for voluntary action to protect and restore priority watersheds in the region. NRCS is working with its conservation partners in the eight-state area to combat invasive species, protect watersheds and shorelines from non-point source pollution, and restore wetlands and other habitat areas.


The first step in seeking NRCS assistance is to call your local USDA Service Center and make an appointment with NRCS staff that will help you identify the natural resource problems and opportunities on your farm, define your conservation objectives, and inventory your soil, water, air, plant and animal resources. Much of this information will require a field visit to see your operation and to evaluate the resource concerns you may have. You can work with NRCS to develop a conservation plan. Financial assistance from NRCS farm bill programs or other Federal, State and local conservation programs may be available to help fund some of the conservation practices outlined in your plan.

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National Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Program Contact

Jason Sickman, Program Specialist
Phone: 218-720-5308
Email: jason.sickmann@mn.usda.gov