Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Georgia
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Georgia Project

Developing a holistic approach to evaluate and communicate natural resource assets and management actions for Michigan’s large rivers: Focus on the Au Sable River

April 2021 - March 2025


Participating Agencies

  • Michigan DNR

Michigan's cold-water streams support important fisheries, including native brook trout. These streams are threatened by climate change and land-use change, which has led to increased concern by managers and stakeholders. We are implementing a decision analysis framework to convene agency biologists and managers, as well as stakeholders, in determining how to enhance resilience of these systems in the face of uncertainty about climate and land-use change. We are focusing on the Au Sable River as our case study for this work, and we hope to take the knowledge gained from this system to apply it to other streams in Michigan and beyond.

Presentations Presentation Date
Miller, JM, H. Yu, J. Ross, H. Pendergraff, K.F. Robinson, K.M. Gregory, D.M. Infante. (2024). Conserving rivers under changing climate: Balancing stakeholder interests with ecological potential in the Au Sable River, Michigan, USA. 37th Congress of the International Society of Limnology, Brazil. May 2024
Miller, JM, H. Yu, J. Ross, H. Pendergraff, K.F. Robinson, K.M. Gregory, D.M. Infante. (2024). Adaptive management of the Au Sable River: Integrating stakeholder priorities and ecological potential for resiliency in changing climate. Annual Conference of the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. March 2024
Gregory, K., K.F. Robinson, D.M. Infante, R.M. Claramunt, J. Miller, J. Ross (2024) Decision analysis for building resilience, capacity, and understanding in riverine systems facing climate change. Advances in Decision Analysis Conference, Finland. July 2024