While landowner agencies retain control of objectives on their lands, management objectives are determined by consensus among CWMA partners and include:
Biodiversity: Increase and restore native plant and animal diversity; improve travel corridors and habitat for animals; and increase the value of high quality wetlands to native species.
- Recreation: Coastal wetlands are important for a variety of recreation values on public lands, including views of the lake and wetlands while recreating, bird watching, waterfowl hunting, and kayaking/boating. Management should also result in improved and increased public use.
- Waterbird Habitat: Waterfowl hunting is a primary goal of USFWS and MDNR. Phragmites degrades habitat and reduces recreational opportunities.
- Reduced wildfire risk: Wildfires threaten life and property and Phragmites creates conditions for particularly extreme fire conditions.
- Opportunities for public education; adaptive management and development of best management practices; and research.