Collective Impact in a Bi-National Great Lakes Environmental Initiative

Mary Bohling

Michigan State University Extension, Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife; Michigan Sea Grant

Mary Bohling is an educator for Michigan Sea Grant, a collaborative program between Michigan State University Extension and the University of Michigan. She works with coastal communities and businesses in a 4 county district along the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, Detroit River and western Lake Erie applying science-based knowledge to address Great Lakes issues, including economic development, habitat restoration, coastal tourism initiatives, and greenway/water trail development. She is chair of the Michigan Statewide Public Advisory Council, chair of the Michigan Trails Advisory Council Non-Motorized Advisory Workgroup Water Trail Subcommittee, co-chair of the Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative, and co-founder and board member of the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance. Mary earned a master's degree in environmental science and bachelor's degree in environmental science, environmental studies and anthropology from the University of Michigan.


A 2011 paper by John Kania and Mark Kramer outlined five elements of effective collaborations tackling complex, difficult social and environmental problems now known as “Collective Impact.” Many of these elements, such as... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Mary Bohling (Michigan State University Extension, Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife; Michigan Sea Grant)
  2. Michelle Selzer (Michigan Office of the Great Lakes)

Topic Areas

Topics: Transboundary Species Management , Topics: Collaborative Conservation


T-3E » Collaborative Conservation I (13:00 - Tuesday, 19th September, Diamond East)

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