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


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'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.