Consumers Energy Foundation Gives to The Nature Conservancy

Grant Award of $50,000 Supports Work on Aquatic Invasive Species

LANSING, MICHIGAN | February 05, 2014

The Nature Conservancy continues to benefit from a $50,000 gift from Consumers Energy Foundation for use in conservation work in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in the Great Lakes.

The gift was received last year from a proposal for costs to complete the project’s first phase, including development of background information documents, an engagement strategy and a situation assessment for organisms in trade. Specific measures are being taken to prevent the spread of non-indigenous, invasive species in the Great Lakes. Some of these measures include: early detection and rapid response, management of established invasive species and policy strategies to improve management and control of AIS.

Early detection and rapid response are essential to preventing AIS in the Great Lakes. This strategy requires establishing a region-wide program to target and control new introductions while it is possible to prevent establishment of self-sustaining populations.

“Without this wonderful donation from the Consumers Energy Foundation, The Nature Conservancy would not be as flexible while working on different projects in addition to working with aquatic invasive species,” said Helen Taylor, state director in Michigan for The Nature Conservancy. “This generosity allows us to explore every angle of preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species such as the zebra mussel, round goby and sea lamprey.”

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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