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Allies in Plant Conservation Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Posted November 19, 2014

Group picture of the attendees who form the Federal Native Plant Conservation Committee of the Plant Conservation Alliance that met at the 2014 Seed Conference.
Attendees who form the Federal Native Plant Conservation Committee of the Plant Conservation Alliance meet at the 2014 Seed Conference to sign a MOU and renew their commitment to native plant conservation. (photo by Tami Heilemann, DOI).

On June 30, the Smithsonian Institution joined 11 federal agencies in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) (PDF) that continues the work of the Federal Native Plant Conservation Committee of the Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA) and its cooperators in State government and non-government organizations. The PCA is a public-private partnership of governments and non-government organizations that share the same goal of protecting native plants by ensuring that native plant populations and their communities are maintained, enhanced, and restored.

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Joint Strategic Framework on the Conservation and Use of Native Crop Wild Relatives in the United States

Posted November 19, 2014

Publication cover.

Recognizing the value of crop wild relatives (CWR) of native plants for crop improvement and providing for the current and future food security of the United States and the world, the Forest Service and Agricultural Research Service, agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), developed a strategic framework for collaboration that will help ensure the conservation, evaluation, and use of native CWR occurring on National Forest System lands.

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Chicago Botanic Garden Partnership to Collect Native Seeds

Chicago Botanic Gardens sign.

Posted November 5, 2014

The current Challenge Cost Share agreement between the Eastern Region of the U.S. Forest Service and Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) aims to preserve native plants of concern within the Eastern Region of the Forest Service, in particular by collecting and banking the seeds of Regional Forester Sensitive Species (RFSS), as well as associated plant species sharing the same habitat.

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Mishkii Akii -Strength from the Earth

Dr. Diana Cryderman and Kathy LeBlanc being presented with and wearing colorful blankets.
Dr. Diana Cryderman, Science Department Chair, and Kathy LeBlanc, Cultural Services Director both of Bay Mills Community College, are honored for their development of the workshop.

Posted October 24, 2014

The Bay Mills Indian Community (BMIC) and Bay Mills Community College hosted our eighth Zaagkii Wings and Seeds Partnership. Entitled “Mishkii Akii,” Strength from the Earth, the gathering occurred in the far eastern upper peninsula of Michigan on September 18 and 19, 2014. This two day native plants environmental workshop was attended by numerous participants from the surrounding community, students of the Bay Mills Community College, members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC), members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, the Chicago botanic Garden, and numerous Zaagkii partners.

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Guidance for Federal Agencies on Sustainable Practices for Designed Landscapes and Supporting Pollinators on Federal Landscapes

Posted October 23, 2014

President Obama's Executive Order 13514 provides a unique opportunity for Federal agencies and facilities to improve sustainability across their operations. To help achieve these policy goals, the Council on Environmental Qualtiy issued on October 31, 2011, Guidance for Federal Agencies on Sustainable Practices for Designed Landscapes, which describes strategies to achieve sustainable Federal landscape practices.

President Obama’s June 2014 memorandumCreating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, directs Federal agencies to take steps to protect and restore domestic populations of pollinators. To help achive this goal, CEQ issued on October 22, 2014, an addendum to its sustainable landscape guidance, Supporting the Health of Honey Bees and other Pollinators.

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Northern Michigan Tribes Unite to Recover and Conserve Native Plants and their Pollinators

Posted October 20, 2014

Bay Mills Indian Community Resolution.

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).

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