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Site Selection & Timeline


The Site Coordination Committee will oversee the work of selecting a site for the Green Bay NERR. In their role, they will advise a Site Development and Site Evaluation team in completing a series of steps that comprise NOAA's Site Selection and Nomination process.

Researcher in a boat taking water quality measurements. Photo by Bobbie Webster.

Site Development  

In this first step, the Site Development Committee will review the relevant geography for selecting a site, draft criteria to be used in the site selection process, and identify 3-5 optimal candidate sites for the Green Bay NERR. 


Point au Sable Nature Preserve. Photo by Bobbie Webster.Public Engagement
There will be a virtual kickoff for the Green Bay NERR designation process on April 12 and April 15, 2022. The kickoff meeting will provide an overview of the site selection process. During this meeting, community groups, stakeholders, and landowners can ask questions and provide feedback on the proposed Green Bay NERR designation. Sign-up to attend the kickoff.

A point with trees surrounding at Toft Point State Natural Area. Photo by Bobbie Webster.Site Nomination & Boundary Delineation
In the second step of the Site Selection process, the Site Evaluation Committee will agree upon a process for applying the site selection criteria. The committee will review the candidate sites and select a final site for nomination. When the State Lead (UW-Green Bay), the Governor's Office, and NOAA agree about the general location of the final site, the Site Nomination Committee will delineate the proposed NERR boundaries. Once a site has been selected, a public meeting will be held with NOAA outlining the proposed site and its boundaries in the vicinity of the site being considered. 


Dr. Lisa Grubisha (left) trains Kathi Arnold on collecting wetland substrate samples with a soil probe. Pecor Point, Green Bay. Photo by Bobbie Webster.Submission of Site Nomination to the Governor's Office

The Site Coordination Committee will prepare a Nomination Document for submission to the Governor's Office and NOAA. The Nomination Package will provide an overview of the process used to a make a final site nomination, the design of the proposed site relative to reserve requirements, the site's compatibility with existing land and water uses, and its alignment with regional stakeholders.