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Michigan State University Extension
21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036
(586) 469-6440



Some of Michigan's most important natural resources are often overlooked: Great Lakes coastal wetlands. These unique habitats are integrally tied to the health and diversity of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Coastal wetlands provide important ecological functions and critical habitat for fish, birds and wildlife. Because of these features, coastal wetlands offer a variety of educational opportunities.


Coastal Wetlands:

  • Improve water quality in the Great Lakes by filtering nutrients and sediments
  • Protect against erosion during periods of high water
  • Provide habitat for many species of fish, birds and wildlife
  • Offer recreational opportunities such as bird-watching and hiking

Wetlands Zone Model


For more information on wetlands: