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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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Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden Using Native Plants

Attracting Hummingbirds cover.

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.

Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden Using Native Plants (PDF, 3.5 MB)

The Importance of Research Natural Areas, Wilderness Areas, and More

Posted October 9, 2014

Horseshoe Bay Wilderness.
Horseshoe Bay Wilderness Areas and Research Natural Area, Michigan.

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.

Read more about The Importance of Research Natural Areas, Wilderness Areas, and More (PDF, 224 KB)…

Monarch Waystation

Posted October 8, 2014

Forest Nursery Notes Summer 2014 cover.

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.

See Forest Nursery Notes Summer 2014 (PDF, 5.0 MB)…

Wings & Seeds/The Zaagkii Project: Building Environmental Consciousness with Tribes

Posted October 3, 2014

Spring 2014 Tribal Relations News page.

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.

See the Spring 2014 Tribal Relations News (PDF, 3.2 MB)…


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