Nature-Based Approaches in Lake Michigan Coastal Restoration

Aug. 25, 2022
The 2022 SWS Webinar Series continues on August 25 at 1 p.m. CT.

August 25 | 1 p.m. CT | Register here

Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan Coastal Ecological Landscapes are imperiled. A combination of anthropogenic and natural forces have contributed to a marked decline in Lake Michigan water quality, wildlife habitat, and overall ecological value – with a sharp increase in degradation of these systems in the past decade. This webinar will discuss some of the current challenges facing landowners and land managers in the Central and Southern Coastal Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin, along with a discussion of some pragmatic “nature-based” restoration options, with a focus on the wise use of native vegetation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of factors that influence coastal ecological degradation.
  • Increase awareness of nature-based solutions and how they can be implemented in coastal restoration.
  • Gain a better understanding of the ecosystem services approach to sustainable coast restoration.


Clayton Frazer; Senior Ecologist; Eco-Resource Consulting, Inc.

Clay received his Bachelor of Science in Zoology/Wildlife Ecology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1996. Following a two-year Peace Corps Volunteer post in West Africa working in the agro-forestry sector, he began his professional career as a Wildlife Technician for The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This work led to a position with Pheasants Forever in Southeast Wisconsin as a Grassland Ecologist where he facilitated more than 6,000 acres of private land prairie and wetland restorations, including development and management of a statewide prescribed fire program. In 2008, Clay entered the private consulting sector as a Restoration Ecologist and in 2012, Clay accepted a position as a Senior Ecologist with Eco-Resource Consulting, Inc. (ERC). Since this time Clay has developed his skills in the areas of native plant ecology, invasive species management, stream restoration, wetland mitigation and delineation, urban stormwater management, erosion control, project planning/design and monitoring and reporting. Through the design and implementation of adaptive management approaches, Clay has accrued over 20 years of “hands-on” knowledge base in native plant community management and now leads business and new market development at ERC.