Wisconsin wetland (photo courtesy N. Aten)

Midwest Ecological Restoration Resources

Global Restoration Network is a project of SER, and a good place to start. Our regional resources are categorized loosely by topic, below.

To add resources, email us.

Academic Programs

The Ohio State University: School of Environment and Natural Resources, Columbus, OH
Defiance College: Restoration Ecology, Defiance, OH
Grand Valley State University: Natural Resources Management Program, Allendale, MI
University of Michigan: School of Natural Resources and Environment, Ann Arbor, MI
Michigan State University: College of Natural Science, East Lansing, MI
Michigan Technological University: Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Houghton, MI
University of Wisconsin: The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin: Department of Botany, Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin: Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee: Department of Biological Sciences, Milwaukee, WI
Northland College: Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Ashland, WI
Northwestern University/Chicago Botanic Garden: Plant Biology and Conservation, Evanston, IL
University of Illinois at Chicago: Ecology and Evolution, Chicago, IL
University of Illinois at Springfield: Department of Biology, Springfield, IL
Illinois State University: School of Biological Sciences, Normal, IL
DePaul University: Institute for Nature and Culture, Chicago, IL
University of Minnesota: Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, St. Paul, MN
Marian University: Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab, Indianapolis, IN
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis: Department of Earth Sciences, Indianapolis, IN
Purdue University Calumet: Department of Biological Sciences, Hammond, IN

Climate Change Impacts

Wisconsin’s Changing Climate: Impacts and Adaptations, first report of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI)
The State of Climate Change Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region, EcoAdapt
A Practitioner’s Guide to Climate Change Adaptations in Ontario’s Ecosystems, Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR)

Rivers / Lakes / Wetlands / Watersheds

Little Miami River Partnership, Owensville, OH
Detroit Riverkeeper, Detroit, MI
Grand Traverse Baykeeper, Traverse City, MI
St. Clair Channelkeeper (email), Harrison TWP, MI
Yellow Dog Riverkeeper, Big Bay, MI
Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, Big Rapids, MI
Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Milwaukee, WI
Wabash Riverkeeper, Lafayette, IN
Lake Erie Waterkeeper, Oregon, OH
Wisconsin Wetlands Association, Madison, WI
Michigan Wetlands Association, Lansing, MI
Ohio Watershed Network, The Ohio State University
University of Illinois at Springfield: Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon, Lewistown, IL


Wisconsin Herpetology Homepage, UW-Milwaukee Field Station
Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, Madison, WI


Wisconsin’s Natural Heritage Inventory (NHI), Wisconsin DNR
Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Michigan State University Extension
Illinois Natural Heritage Database, Illinois DNR
Indiana Natural Heritage Data Center, Indiana DNR
Minnesota Natural Heritage Information System, Minnesota DNR
Ohio Natural Heritage Database, Ohio DNR


Herbarium, University of Michigan
Wisconsin State Herbarium, University of Wisconsin
Freckmann Herbarium, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
Illinois Plant Information Network, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Museum of Biological Diversity Herbarium, The Ohio State University
Friesner Herbarium, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
Flora of Minnesota, Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Invasive Species

Rather than listing individual Cooperative Weed Management Area organizations, use the links provided by the Midwest Invasive Plant Network.
Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Community Partnerships

Groundwork Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Groundwork Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Groundwork Gary, Gary, IN
Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes, chapters in all six MWGL states
Chicago Wilderness, stretching from southeastern Wisconsin, through northeastern Illinois, into northwestern Indiana and southwestern Michigan, HQ Chicago, IL
Openlands, Chicago area, IL
Stewardship Network, throughout Michigan, HQ Ann Arbor, MI
Woodlands and Prairies Magazine, throughout Midwest, Monona, IA

Land Trusts

Rather than listing individual land trusts, use the land trust search by state tool provided by the Land Trust Alliance.


University of Wisconsin Arboretum, Madison, WI
Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL
Chicago Botanic Garden Conservation, Glencoe, IL
Dawes Arboretum, Newark, OH
Nichols Arboretum, Ann Arbor, MI
Carleton College Cowling Arboretum, Northfield, MN