Initiative News & Calendar
May 17, 2018
Green Film: Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?
2018 Green Film Series presents: Burned: Are Trees the New Coal? (2017) Date &Time: 7:00-8:30 pm, Thursday ... >>more
May 11, 2018
LSSI looking for new funding to continue educating students
HOUGHTON Ten years after opening its doors, the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) has reached about a third ... >>more
May 9, 2018
Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative Celebrates 10 Years
A Keweenaw Peninsula environmental outreach program is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this week. K-12 students are ... >>more


Who's Involved


Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative- Advisory Board

Last Name Organization
Baltensperger, Brad
Copper Country Association of School Boards
Benda, Mike
Jeffers High School
Harter, Kathleen
Keweenaw National Historical Park
Hendrickson, Darrell
Washington Middle School (Calumet)
Mayer, Alex
MTU Center for Water and Society
McDonald, Evan
Keweenaw Land  Trust
Petersen, Bruce

Supervisor, Portage Township

National Resources Conservation Service (retired)
Rulison, Linda
Hancock Middle School (retired)
Saaranen, Paul
E.B. Holman School (Stanton Twp.)
Sprague, Tom
C.J. Sullivan Elementary School
Sherman, Mark 
Plum Creek Timber

Leadership Team:

Shawn Oppliger
Project Manager & School Coordinator
Copper Country ISD and Western UP Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education
Tel: 906-482-0331 Email:
Joan Chadde
Co-Stewardship Project Advisor & Community Organization Coordinator
Michigan Technological University (MTU) and Western UP Center
for Science, Math & Environmental Education
Phone: 906-487-3341
Lloyd Wescoat
Co-Stewardship Project Advisor
Michigan Technological University (MTU) and Western UP Center
for Science, Math & Environmental Education
Phone: 906-487-3341 Email:

2010-2011 School Partners:

  • Adams Township Schools
          Jeffers High School

  • Baraga Area Schools
          Pelkie Elementary

  • Chassell Township School
          Chassell High School

  • C-L-K Schools
          C-L-K Elementary
          Washington Middle School
          Horizons High School

  • Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Schools
          B.R.I.D.G.E. High School
          Dollar Bay High School

  • Hancock Public Schools
          Hancock High School
          Hancock Middle School

  • Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools
          Lake Linden-Hubbell Elem.
          Lake Linden-Hubbell Middle

  • L'Anse Area Schools
          C.J. Sullivan Elementary

  • Stanton Township School
          E.B. Holman School

2010-2011 Community Partners:

  • Aire Care

  • Alliance for the Great Lakes

  • Baraga County 4-H

  • Baraga County Fair Association

  • BHK Great Explorations

  • Calumet Housing Authority

  • Calumet Township

  • Chassell Township

  • Chassell Township Schools

  • City of Hancock

  • Copper Country Audubon Club

  • Copper Country Trout Unlimited

  • Forestland Group

  • Gratiot Lake Conservancy

  • Green Timber Forestry Consulting

  • H & Y Marina

  • Horner Flooring

  • Houghton County Historical Society

  • Hughes Farm

  • Isle Royale National Park

  • Isle Royale Institute

  • Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Fish Hatchery

  • Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College

  • Keweenaw Land Trust

  • Keweenaw Land Trust

  • Keweenaw Mountain Lodge

  • Keweenaw National Historical Park

  • Lake Linden Downtown Development Authority

  • MI Dept of Natural Resources & Environment

  • Michigan Nature Association

  • MSU Extension Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw Counties

  • MTU Center for Water & Society

  • MTU ETEC Enterprise

  • MTU Forest & Environmental Management (FERM)

  • MTU High School Enterprise

  • MTU School of Forest Resources & Environmental Sciences

  • Northern Options

  • Peninsula Powder Coating, Inc

  • Plum Creek Timber Company

  • Stanton Township Board

  • Thimbleberry Press

  • Thomas R. Davis Elementary School

  • USDA Ottawa National Forest

  • Upper Peninsula Power Company

  • Village of L'Anse

  • Village of Lake Linden

  • Western UP Health Dept


809 Hecla Street | Hancock, Michigan 49930 | 906.482.0331 |