News and Events
We will provide information about wildflower- and botany-related events, news, events, and activities.
We will provide general and regional information about Celebrating Wildflower-related hikes, artistic events, and programs. These may be hosted by the Forest Service or they may be hosted by other government agencies or organizations. Please refer to the host's link for contact information.
Celebrating Wildflowers News
U.S Forest Service Eastern Region Intertribal Nursery Workshop
Posted November 15, 2013
Keweenaw Bay, Lake Superior, Michigan.
The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) hosted a Forest Service Eastern Region Intertribal Nursery Workshop on August 13-14, 2013. Highlights included formal welcomes by the Four Thunders; an Elder blessing by Joe Dowd; a welcome from Chris Swartz KBIC Tribal Chairman; and greeting from Barbara Van Alstine and Tony Holland of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service. Jeremy Pinto of the Forest Service, Moscow, Idaho, provided a brief history of the Intertribal Nursery Council. Evelyn Ravindran, KBIC Hatchery/Nursery Manager, and Pam Nankervis, KBIC Wildlife Biologist, highlighted the KBIC Natural Resource Programs. Jan Schultz of the Forest Service Eastern Region and Scott Herron of Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan discussed restoration needs, resources, and opportunities in botany. The Animal, Plant, Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine’s (PPQ) mission regarding invasive species and how it relates to native plants and nurseries was presented by Craig Kellogg of the USDA, Romulus, Michigan.
Read more about the Eastern Region Intertribal Nursery Workshop (PDF, 498 KB)…
Volunteers Provide Assistance with Greenhouse, Nursery, and Restoration Projects on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Posted November 14, 2013
In Fiscal Year 2013, forty-two volunteers provided 433.75 hours of assistance at the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California, greenhouse and nursery as well as on restoration projects. They transplanted, prepared and sowed seed, watered, weeded and moved plants in the greenhouse and nursery. They also collected seed and planted seedlings on restoration sites.
Read more about the volunteers in the annual report (PDF, 1.8 MB)…
Overview, Nursery Program, and Sand Point Restoration: Achieving a Shared Vision
Posted November 14, 2013
Karen Anderson speaking at the 13th Annual NAPPC conference.
Karen Anderson at the 13th annual North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) International Conference highlighted native plant and pollinator work by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) Natural Resource Department and the Zaagkii Wings and Seeds Partnership on October 22-24, 2013.
Read more about the 13th annual NAPPC conference and the KBIC's efforts (PDF, 498 KB)…
Forest Service National Strategic Framework for Invasive Species Management
Posted September 18, 2013
The Forest Service National Strategic Framework for Invasive Species Management responds to a 2010 USDA Office of Inspector General audit of Forest Service invasive programs by providing a consistent, agency-wide approach to the prevention, detection, and control of invasive insects, pathogens, plants, wildlife, and fish.
Read more about the Framework for Invasive Species Management…
Complementary Conservation of Wild Cranberry
Posted September 13, 2013
Cranberry Glades, Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia.
Wild cranberries, from which cultivated cranberries are derived, have been chosen as the first test case for a program to conserve crop wild relatives, both in their natural environments (in situ) and in gene banks (ex situ), where they are available for use in research, breeding, and restoration. The wild populations contain genetic diversity that may not be found in the cultivated varieties and could be important in breeding new varieties that can adapt to a changing climate and other environmental stresses.
Read more about complementary conservation of wild cranberry…