ERIC Number: ED108892
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Lake Michigan Federation: Evaluation of an Environmental Interest Group.
Culhane, Paul J.
Since Earth Day 1970, the number of environmental groups has approximately doubled and the movement articulates a much broader and comprehensive philosophy than earlier conservation or preservation movements. The Lake Michigan Federation, one of the new environmental groups developed from the Open Lands Project, was publicly proclaimed in September 1970. The official goal of the federation is to "save the lake." This study is an evaluation of the Lake Michigan Federation and was undertaken: (1) to provide the federation with means of examining its performance, (2) to monitor the use of grant monies, and (3) to provide useful information for other environmental groups. The study contains six chapters: History and Organization of the Lake Michigan Federation, Lake Michigan Federation Operation, Political Effectiveness, Public Information and Membership Evaluation, Lake Michigan Federation Leadership, and Conclusion. The conclusions of the study include: (1) the group functions effectively as a political interest group, (2) federation leadership is very centralized and dependent on the work of the organization's Executive Secretary, and (3) the federation can be used as a model for other groups. Appendices are also included. (TK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL. Center for Urban Affairs.