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Marc Smith is a life-long conservationist growing up in the woods and waters of Virginia. As NWF’s Senior Policy Manager, Marc directs NWF’s water policy programs in the Great Lakes. He is based out of the Great Lakes Regional Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and also directs conservation partnerships with our state affiliate and other key organizations and stakeholders in Illinois. Marc has extensive experience lobbying on public land issues with NWF in Washington, D.C. and was a Senior Legislative Assistant for two Members of Congress. Marc received his B.A. in History with a concentration in Political Science from West Virginia University. He is the proud father of two spirited children. Marc spends most of his free-time enjoying the Great Lakes with his family, fly-fishing, bird hunting, and playing/coaching soccer.

Asian Carp Swimming Closer to Great Lakes

6/19/2012 // By Marc Smith

I just found out that new evidence of Asian carp has been discovered near Lake Michigan. The new test results came back positive for silver carp seventeen times in one day. That’s right: seventeen times! This could be the largest number of …

Ohio’s Steelhead and Walleye Left At Risk

6/4/2012 // By Marc Smith

Today, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill (press release) that fails to protect Lake Erie’s rivers and impairs our rights as hunters and anglers and the public’s use of waters within the Ohio Lake Erie Basin. (Marc Smith Testimony …

The Battle for Lake Erie - by William Henry Powell

The Current Battle For Lake Erie

4/26/2012 // By Marc Smith

The Battle of Lake Erie was a pivotal naval engagement between British and American forces during the War of 1812.  The American victory paved the way for control of the Great Lakes and an eventual defeat of the British forces …


New Bill Introduced to Fight Asian Carp in Minnesota

3/7/2012 // By Marc Smith

With all the attention Asian carp have gotten as they approach Lake Michigan through the Chicago canals, the other pathways to the Great Lakes have often been ignored.  However, the live capture of Asian carp last week just south of …

Asian Carp Study Proves We Can Win this Battle and Protect The Great Lakes

1/31/2012 // By Marc Smith

A new study released today shows that separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins to stop the spread of Asian carp and other invasive species is not only possible, but also critical to improve and enhance Chicago’s water infrastructure and …


Asian Carp Invade Land of 10,000 Lakes

12/14/2011 // By Marc Smith

Minnesota is heralded as The Land of 10,000 Lakes.  This is no exaggeration; there are 11,842 Minnesota lakes over 10 acres in size.  Not to mention the vast, deep and cold Lake Superior.  Those waters, together with forests, parks, and …

Lake Michigan beach at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, Michigan

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Great Lakes Compact

7/12/2011 // By Marc Smith

Halfway through efforts to implement the Great Lakes Compact, a new report by the National Wildlife Federation provides an honest critique of the states’ progress:  the good, the bad, and the ugly. “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly:  Implementation …


Scientist Confirm Asian Carp Are Major Threat to the Great Lakes

6/30/2011 // By Marc Smith

Today, leading Great Lakes scientists announced a new report that examines the extent of the Asian carp threat in the Great Lakes. Asian carp are a huge threat to the Great Lakes and this report shows just how critical we must …