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New Guide Helps Grass Roots Environmental Groups

August 27, 2001

In collaboration with an international committee of experts, the Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) has produced a new guide books that helps grass roots groups measure real environmental change resulting from their efforts. Published by Harbor House Publishers of Boyne City, the 77-page "Seeking Signs of Success" is designed to lead groups who are working on local water quality, ecology, or conservation projects through a straightforward assessment of how effective their project really is. CRA director and co-author, Amy Beyer, says "One of the most common and important questions we get asked about our river restoration projects is ?How do you know it's working?' CRA and our local committees are tackling multi-million dollar projects, and we're always asking for more help to reverse the widespread damage done to rivers over the past 100 years." She says, "People don't entrust you with that kind of money without a good answer to the question of real impact." Seeking Signs of Success is the brain child of lead author Dr. Cheryl Contant, an expert on agricultural/environmental programs and urban planning with the Georgia Institute of Technology. Contant and co-author Mike Donahue, adjunct professor with the University of Michigan and executive director of the Great Lakes Commission were consulting with CRA to evaluate the organization's river restoration projects when the idea for the book took shape in 1993. Contant notes that "Our team was highly committed to writing something practical and relatively easy for local groups to use." She says "By helping those who have chosen to care for the environment to focus their efforts where they really count, we hope this guide will keep the passions alive for these hardworking stewards of our natural resources." Seeking Signs of Success may be ordered for $19.95, plus shipping, through CRA by calling (231) 946-6817, via e-mail at cra@traverse.com, or by visiting CRA's website at www.rivercare.org. CRA is a private non-profit organization that has coordinated regional conservation projects to protect rivers, lakes, fish, wildlife and forests, in northern Michigan since 1968.


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