Mary Bohling

Extension Educator, Urban Southeast District, Detroit


Works with coastal communities and businesses in southeast Michigan to apply science-based knowledge to address Great Lakes issues. Counties include: Tuscola, Huron, Sanilac, St. Clair, Macomb, Wayne, and Monroe.

Professional Interests

  • Greenways and Blueways Initiatives
  • Public-Private Partnership Development
  • Planning and Redevelopment in Urban Communities
  • Coastal Tourism
  • Fish and Wildlife Habitat Restoration


  • B.G.S. University of Michigan-Dearborn (Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Anthropology)
  • M.S. University of Michigan-Dearborn (Environmental Science)

Professional Experience

  • Chair, Michigan Statewide Public Advisory Council working to delist Michigan’s Areas of Concern. Recent projects include assisting the Detroit River and St. Clair Areas of Concern develop and implement fisheries and wildlife habitat restoration projects.
  • Co-Chair, Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative. Fostering collaboration between 21 Wayne County communities. In 2011 we organized a tree planting program along the City of River Rouge Greenway and helping secure funding to connect Flat Rock Greenways with those in Oakwoods, Willow and Lower Huron Metroparks.
  • Co-Creator of the Lake St. Clair Coastal Water Trail. This new brochure promotes non-motorized recreation opportunities in Lake St. Clair through the identification of launch sites, paddling routes and points of interest.
  • Co-Founder and board member of the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance, a non-profit organization created to support the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. My work with the organization includes enhancing environmental education & outreach, natural areas preservation and cooperative conservation initiatives in coastal communities in the Lower Detroit River and Western Lake Erie.


Volunteers are a critical part of helping nonprofits achieve their goals, Mary believes. “There are so many grassroots environmental organizations that rely on volunteers to accomplish their missions. Find one that speaks to your environmental passion, roll up your sleeves, and make a difference.” Read Mary’s advice for students who might be interested in a career with an environmental focus. This interview is part of a series of articles honoring Michigan Sea Grant Extension educators during the 2016 National Sea Grant College Program’s 50th anniversary celebration.

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