Governor Evers visits future Bay of Green Bay – NERRA

Governor Tony Evers (center) and Chairman Tehassi Hill of the Oneida Nation (right) hear about plans for the new Reserve from Emily Tyner (left), Director of Freshwater Strategy at UW-Green Bay. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor

Auspicious weather and soaring bald eagles graced Governor Tony Evers’ tour of the Ken Euer’s Nature Area, proposed site in Wisconsin’s future Bay of Green Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Once designated, the Reserve will help protect and manage the largest freshwater estuary in the world within one of the largest reservoirs of freshwater on the planet.

“I’m proud of the investments we’ve made in protecting our waters and ensuring they remain available for folks across our state,” said Governor Evers. “This federal designation will enable us to build on our work with our partners at UW-Green Bay and the federal level to bring even more resources and attention to this critically important ecosystem.”

Evers’ visit recognized the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s recent grant from Wisconsin Coastal Management to support the creation of a management plan for what will become the 32nd Reserve in the national System of Reserves.

“All of those local values, interests, and concerns are considered in the Reserve’s management plan process,” says Rebecca Roth, executive director of the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA). “The locally relevant issues for the Bay of Green Bay contribute to the overall capacity of the Reserve System, and in return this new Reserve will benefit from the experiences of all the others.”

Local commitment for the future Bay of Green Bay Reserve was evident in the range of partners who attended, including Chairman Tehassi Hill of the Oneida Nation, which provided one of the first letters of support for the Reserve.

Source: Governor Evers Visits Future Bay of Green Bay – NERRA

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