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Northern Michigan Tribes Unite to Recover and Conserve Native Plants and their Pollinators
Posted October 20, 2014
In a historic move of solidity and commitment, five Native American tribes of Northern Michigan made a new, collaborative commitment to recover and conserve the region’s natural biodiversity. The effort was coordinated over the last seven years across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula by the USDA Forest Service Eastern Region, in partnership with the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute and Northern Michigan University’s Center for Native American Studies. The common language of these resolutions read that the area’s five tribes “desire to join in partnership the Hiawatha and Ottawa National Forests and other Native American communities in Northern Michigan to further work with the Zaagkii (Wings and Seeds) Project in recovering native plants, encouraging pollinator protection, and restoring threatened ecosystems.”
Leaders of Michigan’s five federally recognized tribes have now passed five resolutions (PDF, 2.3 MB).
Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden Using Native Plants
Posted October 17, 2014
Growing native plants adds important habitat for hummingbirds and other wildlife. This guide will help you create a hummingbird friendly garden.
The Importance of Research Natural Areas, Wilderness Areas, and More
Posted October 9, 2014
The Forest Service and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are involved with a number of crop wild relatives (CWR) partnership projects. During the last two years, the Eastern Region of the U.S. Forest Service in partnership with the ARS has begun to initiate vital work regarding our essential Crop Wild Relatives (CWR). Additional study and verification will provide a more insight with regard to the CWR species that the Eastern Region harbors. The conservation of CWRs is a two-pronged approach, involving both in situ and ex situ conservation.
Posted October 8, 2014
The Summer 2014 Forest Nursery Notes features specialized pollinator gardens that provide habitat for monarch butterflies on their long migrations, "Monarch Waystation".
Forest, conservation, and native plant nurseries can provide a valuable public service by growing milkweed and other flowering nectar plants that will help create pollinator habitat. Even forest nurseries who primarily grow tree seedlings can convert some marginal land into pollinator gardens.
Wings & Seeds/The Zaagkii Project: Building Environmental Consciousness with Tribes
Posted October 3, 2014
The Spring 2014 edition of the Forest Service Tribal Relations News features a story about the multi-stakeholder Wings and Seeds / Zaagkii Project. The project builds environmental consciousness with Tribes, including tribal youth, to protect native plants and pollinators.
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