Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

National Park Service
2011 & 2012

“It just seems like things are out of whack, right now.
There's major changes and we need to figure out
what's happening. Invasive species have been in the
Great Lakes for awhile. The amount of change that's
happened really is quite enormous.

Emily Tyner

Click here to see the videos on YouTube

ITTLE THINGS: Big Problems is a series of 5-minute online videos on invasive species in the Great Lakes region, and was produced for the National Park Services’ work in association with the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The stories highlight the damaging impact of invasive species such as the emerald ash borer, zebra mussels and spotted knapweed on the delicate ecosystem of the Great Lakes.

LITTLE THINGS: Big Problems highlights volunteer efforts and aims to educate the public, especially young people, on what can be done to help prevent the spread of these harmful non-native plants and animals. We were given the difficult assignment of telling complex stories without narration; relying solely on interviews to get the message across to a younger audience.

To capture the footage we needed, our crew traveled more than 2000 miles in ten days, shooting stories at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on Lake Superior, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan.


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