The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (Lake Superior Reserve) is one in a national network of 29 sites around the United States and its territories that comprise the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. The Lake Superior Reserve was designated through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and represents a partnership between UW-Extension, NOAA, UW-Superior and other local, state, and regional entities. The Reserve is the only NERR located in Wisconsin, the second in the Great Lakes and the only one within the Lake Superior Biogeographical Region. The Iead state institution for the Reserve is UW-Extension and the Reserve facilities are located on the UW-Superior campus on Barker’s Island in Superior, WI. The Lake Superior Reserve’s mission is to work in partnership to improve the understanding of Lake Superior’s coasts and estuaries and to address issues affecting them through an integration of research, education, outreach and stewardship. A place-based program, the Reserve has a special focus on the watershed of the St Louis River and estuary. To find out more, visit http://lakesuperiorreserve.org.
Nationally, Reserves conduct research, education, outreach and stewardship activities that improve the understanding of coastal systems and practice of coastal management. Through the Coastal Training Program (CTP), the Lake Superior Reserve addresses critical coastal resource management issues by providing training and technical assistance to decision makers, such as elected and appointed government officials, land use planners, natural resource managers and community groups, private and public sector entities and others whose professional choices impact coastal resources and communities. Additional information about the CTP can be found at the following website: http://www.nerrs.noaa.gov/Training.aspx.