The Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority (HCMA) cooperates with schools, local communities, regional park and planning agencies, in order to assess and provide for the recreation needs of the five county area. The HCMA interpretive staff is regularly in contact with school and organized youth groups in order to provide interpretive program that fits the needs of the organization.
The HCMA is an active member of a variety of regional organizations involved in the planning and development of recreation facilities. Some of these organizations include the following:
- The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
- Michigan Recreation and Park Association
- National Recreation and Park Association
- Western Oakland County Trailway Management Council
- Washtenaw County Greeways
- Advisory Committee
- Downriver linked Greenways
- Oakland County Trails Advisory Council
- Macomb Orchard Trail
- Clinton River Watershed Council
- Clinton River Remedial Action Plan
- Public Advisory Council
- Huron River Watershed Council
The Metroparks are often requested to participate in various initiatives due in part to our regional footprint, experience and expertise in the area. These partnerships strengthen our relationships with organizations that have similar purpose and our involvement in these programs help meet the goals and objectives of the park system. The following are initiatives that the Natural Resources Department was involved in.
Macomb County Water Resources Advisory Council
The Macomb County Water Resources Advisory Council concentrates on water quality, water access and water attractions. The council includes representatives from government, higher education, environmental agencies, economic development and private industry.
The Stewardship Network – Board of Directors
The Stewardship Network is a grassroots cooperative organization working to protect, restore, and manage Michigan’s natural lands and waters. It helps individuals, organizations, and businesses manage specific sites through sharing ideas, resources, and information. The Network trains volunteers and professionals in science-based, field-proven stewardship activities and methods. The organization helps to bridge between conservation groups, private businesses, property owners and individual volunteers, bringing people together to preserve our natural heritage.
Detroit River Western Lake Erie Cooperative Weed Management Area
The CWMA is a cooperative effort among its members for the integrated management of invasive terrestrial and aquatic plant species across jurisdictional boundaries in Wayne and Monroe Counties, Michigan. The goal is to facilitate the development of cooperative agreements for local invasive plant management, which include opportunities for shared funding sources, personnel, including volunteers, equipment, contract crews, and expertise. The CWMA is comprised of representatives from BASF, DTE Energy, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Eastern Michigan University, Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, The Nature Conservancy, The Stewardship Network, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.