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Outstanding Volunteer Program - Lake Superior Volunteer Corps
Lake Superior Volunteer Corps works side by side with The Great Lakes Conservation Corps, allowing visitors to Lake Superior to add a day of environmental restoration work to their vacation itinerary. The new program offered by the Superior Watershed Partnership gives people who love visiting Lake Superior the opportunity to help protect the lake and its watershed. The program is also available for local residents, businesses and community organizations. The annual attendance at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has nearly tripled in recent years – approaching 1 million visitors in 2017. Some popular beaches, waterfalls, rivers and natural areas are starting to see the not-so-sustainable side of increased nature tourism. More litter, more erosion, sensitive dunes and vegetation trampled, rare coastal habitat degraded and unauthorized trails through wilderness areas. The Lake Superior Volunteer Corps is part of the solution. In its first year, the Lake Superior Volunteer Corps hosted 20 volunteer events in Marquette County. More than 300 volunteers served 1,200 hours in the greater Marquette community. “The Superior Watershed Partnership is the epitome of what a nonprofit organization should be,” said Gail M. Anthony, CEO of the Community Foundation of Marquette County. “They are respected for their work locally, regionally and throughout the nation as well.”