~ Workshop Announcement ~
Getting the Message Out on Great Lakes Restoration:
Communicating with Local Communities on Restoring Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern
Friday, November 9, 2007
Whitehall, Michigan (15 miles north of Muskegon)
Sponsored by the Statewide Public Advisory Council for Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern Program, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Great Lakes Commission and the White Lake and Muskegon Lake Public Advisory Councils.
This one-day workshop will review how progress in restoring Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC) is being communicated to the public, elected officials, and other audiences. Scientists, journalists, agency staff and AOC leaders will discuss how information has been conveyed to local communities and suggest ways to better inform and engage the public on Great Lakes restoration efforts. Experts will provide training on “messaging” Great Lakes restoration and developing effective public participation programs for watershed management.
Who Should Attend
The workshop is intended for local residents, elected officials, agency staff and others involved in restoring environmental quality in Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The workshop will also benefit watershed managers and others involved in environmental restoration efforts in their communities.
The workshop will be held at the Michillinda Lodge, located just south of White Lake and approximately 15 miles north of Muskegon (www.michillindalodge.com). Originally a turn-of-the- century country estate, the lodge is situated on a wooded bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. Lodging will be available for participants who wish to arrive the night before the workshop.
A complete workshop agenda and registration materials will be available in early October and will be posted on the website for the Michigan Statewide Public Advisory Council (http://glc.org/spac/).
For more information on the workshop, or to request the agenda and registration materials, contact Matt Doss, Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135, firstname.lastname@example.org.