Encourage vernal pool conservation through local and state measures
Understand the status, distribution and ecology of vernal pools to best inform conservation measures
Improve awareness, understanding and engagement of land managers, educators, and other targeted audiences to increase effective conservation of vernal pools across Michigan
Leverage the experience, expertise and resources of partner organizations and others to maximize impact and accelerate progress
Vernal pools play an important role in maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. Because they provide habitat for diverse and unique animal species and provide other important ecological functions, some have referred to vernal pools as the “coral reefs of Northeastern forests.” However, these vernal pools are vulnerable to a number of threats and are not well-protected under current wetland laws and regulations.