views of the estuary area

The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, the most recent addition to the National Estuarine Reserve System, is one of 28 areas across the country designated for long-term research on coastal resources and the human populations those resources support. The Lake Superior NERR is located along a river-to-lake gradient at the confluence of the St. Louis River and Lake Superior, the largest and most pristine of the Great Lakes.The Superior-Duluth harbor is one of the largest ports in the U.S. The Reserve works in partnership to improve the understanding of Lake Superior freshwater estuaries and coastal resources and to address the issues affecting them through an integrated program of research, education, outreach, and stewardship. The Reserve is comprised exclusively of public lands and waters and contains ~16,000 acres of repesentative terrestrial and aquatic habitats, including riparian and riverine habitat; riverine islands; emergent freshwater marshes, interdunal wetlands and scrub swamp; aspen, dry and hardwood forests; and open sand beach and dunes. The Lake Superior Reserve land-owner partners are Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, City of Superior, Douglas County and the University of Wisconsin. Several other partnering agencies, from both Minnesota and Wisconsin, and the Fond du Lac Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa also sit on our Reserve Advisory Board.


7th Annual St. Louis River Summit
Linking Climate, Landscapes and Community: The Road to Resilience
March 14-15, 2017

The goal of the summit is to share information about the St. Louis River among people in the community, students, scientists, educators, industry, and natural resource managers.

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2017 Sponsorship Prospectus

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Abstract Submission Guidelines

Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: January 13, 2017

Abstract acceptance notification: No later than February 10, 2017

Registration Deadline: March 3, 2017

Summit dates: March 14-15, 2017


2016 St. Louis River Summit Sponsors Wisconsin Coastal Management Program


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Updated: 12/14/2016