Celebrating Wildflowers News 2008

November 2008

New Arrivals on the Chippewa - American Elms! - November 2008

American elm seedlings.
American elm seedlings.

In 2007, the Chippewa National Forest (CNF) and the Northern Research Station (NRS) initiated a project to restore the American elm to the Forest's landscape. Dutch Elm Disease (DED) has greatly reduced or eliminated the American elm component of hardwood forests and riparian ecosystems on the CNF. The objective of this project is to strengthen the tolerance to DED in the landscape of the CNF without narrowing the genetic base of the remaining elm population.

Hiawatha National Forest expands pollinator garden through FY08 native plant funding - November 2008

Dan McConnell transplanting native plants into the pollinator interpretive garden.
Dan McConnell transplanting native plants into the pollinator interpretive garden.

The Rapid River District office native plant garden doubled in size due to funding provided from a native plant program in FY08. Thanks to funding provided to the Hiawatha NF from the Washington Office we were able to expand the existing native plant garden at the Rapid River Ranger Station and create an interpretive site for pollinator species habitat.

September 2008

Plants of the Grand River and Cedar River National Grasslands is Available!

Townsend's Easter daisy
Townsend's Easter Daisy. Photo by Kurt Hansen.

The Cedar River and Grand River National Grasslands contain a variety of habitats. The mixed-grass prairie, cottonwood riparian, and woody draws characteristic of the Northern Great Plains are all here. This diversity creates a welcoming sii for plant enthusiasts.

The publication, Plants of the Grand River and Cedar River National Grasslands: 2008, by Kurt Hansen of the Dakota Prairie Grasslands, U.S. Forest Service, is available free to the public. This document includes 56 pages, a summary of the current list of known plant species found on the Grand River Ranger District. The current known number of plant species on the district is 470 plant species from 78 families. Much remains to be learned, Please, come explore this wonderful place and make discoveries of your own!

The book is available at the Grand River Ranger District in Lemmon, South Dakota; the Dakota Prairie Grasslands Supervisor's Office in Bismarck, North Dakota.

June 2008

Hiawatha National Forest's Monarch Butterfly Research Project Receives the Wings Across the Americas Award - June 2008

Group photo of Wings Across The Americas awards recipients.
Wings Across The Americas award recipients.

On June 4, 2008, the Hiawatha National Forest hosted a reception to honor employees, partners and individual volunteers whose involvement in the Hiawatha National Forest's Monarch Butterfly Research Project over the past 15 years has lead to the receipt of the prestigious Wings Across the Americas (WATA) Award.

Read more about the Wings Across America awards…

February 2008

Final Native Plant Material Policy - February 13, 2008

The Forest Service has issued a new directive (Federal Register Notice, PDF,73 KB) for the use of native plant materials in the revegetation, restoration, and rehabilitation of National Forest System lands. This first ever national direction on native plant materials will help the Forest Service to develop and implement a native plant materials program throughout the Agency. The policy helps achieve the Agency’s goals of providing for the diversity of plant and animal communities, and restoring native species and habitat conditions in ecosystems that have been invaded by non-native species.

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North American Monarch Conservation Plan - A Continental Approach to Conservation

North American Monarch Conservation Plan cover

Representatives of agencies, academia, and non-governmental organizations from Canada, the United States, and Mexico are working together to develop a North American Monarch Conservation Plan to address monarch conservation utilizing a habitat-based flyway approach. This continental planning effort was launched at a December 2006 Monarch Flyway Conservation Workshop sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Agency for International Development, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, The Wildlife Trust, and the City of McAllen, Texas. A nine-member planning committee has been formed to develop a plan that addresses monitoring, habitat conservation, and public outreach and education.

Read more about the North American Monarch Conservation Plan…

January 2008

Enhancing Pollinator Populations in Restored Prairie Habitats - Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie - 2007 Accomplishments

Picture of men and women planting native food plants on the Midewin Tallgrass Prairie.

Restoring native habitats, such as tallgrass prairie, requires more than plants; reconstruction of a complete ecosystem requires all the elements, including pollinators. Without proper pollinators, many native wildflowers will fail to reproduce. Restoring pollinator populations requires providing more than a few native wildflower species; instead, there must be appropriate nectar sources present throughout the growing season, from spring through fall.

Read the report: Enhancing Pollinator Populations in Restored Prairie Habitats (PDF, 122 KB)

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