The Huron-Erie Corridor
The purpose of the HEC Initiative is to create relevant new science that will assist resource managers in making decisions concerning restoration of native aquatic species and their habitats in the HEC. It is an international, collaborative partnership including federal, tribal, state, provincial, local, and non-governmental participants.
- Restore and improve the ecological function and resilience of the HEC ecosystem.
- Maintain healthy, diverse, and productive aquatic ecosystems throughout the HEC that will in turn provide societal, economic, and environmental benefits to the Great Lakes region and throughout the U.S. and Canada.
A collaborative, science-based adaptive management approach is used that allows flexibility to address natural resource issues in complex and ever-changing environments.
The steering committee was formed to determine research strategies and direction, establish collaborations, and pursue funding opportunities using a consensus-based approach. It is comprised of partners who manage and protect this ecologically and economically valuable Corridor. The group meets annually to re-assess HEC research needs, identify emerging issues, and determine next steps in aquatic habitat restoration.
Research Themes are management-driven to meet the science information needs of resource managers.