Celebrating Wildflowers News 2013
Chicago Botanic Garden & US Forest Service – Eastern Region Partnership Field Season 2013 Progress
Posted December 12, 2013
Our ongoing Challenge Cost Share agreement with the Chicago Botanic Garden continues to support the Forest Service in the preservation of native plants of concern within the Eastern Region.
Kinomaage Native Plants Workshop – Fall 2013
Posted December 9, 2013
On Friday, October 4, 2013, the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) hosted the sixth Native Plants Restoration and Pollinator Protection Workshop. This workshop provided by the Kinomaage/ Zaagkii Wings and Seeds series, focused on the theme "Forest Products and Plant Restoration". Approximately 30 individuals from throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan attended the workshop.
U.S Forest Service Eastern Region Intertribal Nursery Workshop
Posted November 15, 2013
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.
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.
Overview, Nursery Program, and Sand Point Restoration: Achieving a Shared Vision
Posted November 14, 2013
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.
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.
Long Live American Ginseng!
Posted August 31, 2013
Prized for its fleshy taproot and similarity to the Asian medicinal plant Panax ginseng, American ginseng has been harvested both legally and illegally and exported to international markets since the early 1800s. Overharvests for the international market as well as other factors such as deer browse and habitat destruction are thought to have led to range wide population declines. Research has been initiated to assess current management policy on eastern and southern national forests in relation to population levels to determine if permitted harvest is consistent with long term sustainability of American ginseng.
Seed Banking Plant Species
Posted August 27, 2013
The Dixon National Tallgrass Prairie Seed Bank at the Chicago Botanic Garden collects and banks the seeds of rare and threatened plant species in northeastern forests in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.
Pollinator Mania Earth Day Event 2013
Posted August 7, 2013
The playground is buzzing with running and laughing children. One group of kids is slowing down and shouting, “We need more nectar, we're dying!”
On the 26th of April, the Philipsburg School [Montana] held an Earth Day event and students participated in informative pollinator programs, one of which was the game, Pollinator Mania.
What's Bloomin' on the Black Hills National Forest?
By Chelsea Monks Forest Botanist, Black Hills National Forest Posted July 17, 2013
I wanted to make sure that you were aware of the web page the Black Hills National Forest maintains every summer. It is called "What's Bloomin' in the Black Hills?" and features lists of the current blooming species along with links to photos. The lists and photos come from botanists and others across the Forest. I try to update the site every other week.
Forest Service is Aflutter with Native Plant and Pollinator Gardens
Posted June 18, 2013
With a view of majestic mountains in the background, visitors to the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center of the Monongahela National Forest find themselves immersed in a bevy of beautiful plants in bloom and fluttering monarch butterflies. Beneath the natural grandeur, a very essential ecosystem service is taking place – pollination.
In celebration of National Pollinator Week, June 17-21, 2013, the Forest Service invites you to come and visit the beautiful gems called Native Plant and Pollinator gardens currently in bloom in the Eastern Region.
Botany Challenge 49
Posted June 18, 2013
The Falls Creek area of the Chugach State Park, Alaska, is immensely beautiful and includes verdant forests, species rich shrublands, and a lively stream. The trailhead is about 20 miles east of Anchorage on the Seward Highway. On the evening of June 13, 2013, “Botany Challenge 49” was held. The hiking group sought to identify 49 species of native plants (Alaska being the 49th state) and to note the phenological state of each (vegetative, flowering, fruiting). There were eleven participants (9 people and 2 dogs) in the botany challenge event, which extended from sea level to about 1,200 feet elevation along the Falls Creek Trail in Chugach State Park.
Northern Michigan tribes unite in effort to restore native plants and protect pollinators
Posted June 7, 2013
Drumming, demonstrations, talking circles and presentations greeted participants during April’s 5th Native Plants Restoration and Pollinator Protection Workshop, aptly named Kinomaage – or “Teachings from the earth.” Sault Tribe hosted the workshop at their cultural center.
The Kinomaage series is part of the Wings and Seeds Project (Zaagkii) first launched in 2008 by the Cedar Tree Institute, the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Michigan University’s Center for Native American Studies and Michigan’s Marquette County Juvenile Court.
The intent of the workshops is to assist indigenous leaders in reclaiming key roles as traditional caretakers of Great Lakes botanical ecosystems. The project is also a reminder to people that pollination is an essential ecological function. According to the Kinomaage website, “Over 80 percent of the world’s vegetables and fruits require a pollinator to produce. These pollinators include bats, butterflies, moths, flies, birds, beetles, ants and bees.”
Cheers to Butterflies
Posted May 13, 2013
As the bartender drew pints of Silverspot India Pale Ale for the crush of people in the Pelican Pub and Brewery in Pacific City, Ore., recently, Michelle Dragoo, Siuslaw National Forest wildlife biologist, and Anne Walker, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, prepared to tell the story of the butterfly that inspired the event. About 50 people grabbed a drink and a snack then settled in to listen.
Great Basin Native Plant Selection and Increase Project 2012 Progress Report
Posted May 7, 2013
The Interagency Native Plant Materials Development Program outlined in the 2002 USDA and USDI Report to Congress, USDI Bureau of Land Management programs and policies, and the Great Basin Restoration Initiative encourage the use of native species for rangeland rehabilitation and restoration where feasible. The Great Basin Native Plant Selection and Increase Project was initiated to provide information that will be useful to managers when making decisions about selecting appropriate plant materials and technologies for restoration. The Program is supported by the USDI Bureau of Land Management's National Native Plant Materials Program and the Great Basin Restoration Initiative and administered by the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station's Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystem Research Program.
Stories of Biodiversity on the Move, Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus)
Posted May 3, 2013
A Google Earth Tour is posted on YouTube describing the migration of monarch butterflies, and the people that help them out along the way. It was produced by Atlantic Public Media in cooperation with the Encyclopedia of Life. Producers: Eduardo Garcia-Milagros and Ari Daniel Shapiro.
Announcing the 2102 National Forest System Invasive Species Program Award Winners
Posted May 3, 2013
The Forest Service announced the recipients of the 2012 National Forest System Invasive Species Program Awards on March 12, 2103. Each year, these national awards honor individuals and groups for outstanding work against aquatic and terrestrial invasive species threatening the National Forest System. Awards were presented for excellence in partnership development, prevention, early detection and rapid response, innovative control and management, and landscape-scale restoration and rehabilitation.
USDA Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack proclaims National Pollinator Week and National Grassland Week
Posted May 2, 2013
- National Pollinator Week, June 17-23, 2013 (PDF, 351 KB)
- National Grasslands Week, June 23-29, 2013 (PDF, 306 KB)
In the northeast, forests with entirely native flora are not the norm
Posted April 30, 2013
Two-thirds of all forest inventory plots in the Northeast and Midwestern United States contain at least one non-native plant species, a new U.S. Forest Service study found. The study across two dozen states from North Dakota to Maine can help land managers pinpoint areas on the landscape where invasive plants might take root.
Native Wildflowers and Bees of Western Montana
Posted April 17, 2013
Many of us enjoy the beauty of wildflowers, but we may not know their names or how to identify them. This basic guide will help you identify sixteen pairs of common native wildflowers and bees of western Montana that provide vital pollination services. In this this guide, a bee is paired with a flower it is most likely to visit, but it may visit other flower types as well. From early spring through the fall, look for these wildflowers and bees as you walk along forest and grassland trails.
This brochure was prepared and published by the U.S. Forest Service Lolo National Forest, Missoula, Montana. Text is by Susan Reel, design and native plant illustrations by Nancy Seiler, and bee illustrations by Steve Buchanan.
Native Wildflowers and Bees of Western Montana (PDF, 3.8 MB)
National Wildflower Week - May 19-25, 2013!
Posted April 11, 2013
National Wildflower Week will kick off a season-long festival of events highlighting wildflower appreciation, education, interpretation, and restoration activities. The Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service, along with all of our partners who participate in the Federal Interagency Plant Conservation Alliance, will join together to celebrate the diversity of plants and plant habitats found on the Nation's public lands.
Moving Harper's Beauty Off Road
Posted April 3, 2013
The first week of March found a team of plant biologists down on their knees in a highway right-of-way in the Florida Panhandle searching for Harper's beauty, one of Florida's rarest native plants.
A perennial lily with a solitary yellow flower and iris-like leaves, Harper's beauty (Harperocallis flava) is listed as federally endangered and found in only three Panhandle counties, with most plants growing in the Apalachicola National Forest.
Volunteers from the U.S. Forest Service, its Southern Research Station, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida Department of Transportation, and Florida Natural Areas Inventory were there to take the first step in a project to move the endangered plants from the roadside to a more secure home.
A Tale of Alaskan Winter Weather Explains Current, Changing Landscapes
Posted March 29, 2013
This winter in Alaska has been particularly warm. At sea level, rain rather than snow has dominated the precipitation. Instead of crisp, snowy winter days, we're experiencing soggy, drippy weather. The temperature is warm enough that the early blueberries are beginning to flower. Because this is very early for flowering, a hard freeze later in the winter could destroy the budding plants and threaten the berry crop.
Great Lakes Greenhouse Gives Native Plants a Second Chance
Posted March 27, 2013
Since the early 1990s, the Hiawatha National Forest has operated a greenhouse in Marquette, Michigan. The idea is to provide both native seeds and seedlings for successful restoration of sites impacted by logging or disturbed by other land management activities. For instance, when aging culverts are replaced, native plants can be introduced to re-vegetate disturbed soil. Seeds and seedlings are also used to enhance existing wildlife habitats.
Volunteers Help Restore Native Idaho Wildlife Habitat
Posted March 8, 2013 From Idaho Fish & Game News
Volunteers provide the workforce to restore native habitat throughout Idaho, collecting seed and planting since 1990 when Idaho Fish and Game initiated its volunteer program. Since then, thousands of volunteers in the southwest have planted nearly three quarter of a million bitterbrush and sagebrush seedlings to restore the native shrubs on burned winter ranges for deer, elk and pronghorn. During summer months, volunteers collect seed from native plants including forbs, grasses, and shrubs for restoration work by the Boise National Forest and the Idaho Fish and Game.
Some seed is used by the U.S. Forest Service Lucky Peak Nursery, 15 miles east of Boise, to propagate seedlings that volunteers plant. The seed is taken to the nursery and spread on drying racks. Nursery employees clean the seed. Seeds sown in May of one year are ready to plant as seedlings the following spring.
“Gikinoo’wizhiwe Onji Waaban” (Guiding for Tomorrow) Changing Climate, Changing Culture Initiative
Posted Jan 30, 2013
The “Gikinoo’wizhiwe Onji Waaban (Guiding for Tomorrow) or “G-WOW” Initiative takes a unique approach to increasing people’s knowledge of climate change impacts on the Lake Superior region by integrating scientific research with real world evidence of how climate change is affecting traditional Ojibwe lifeways. It brings Native perspectives to addressing issue of climate change and incorporates Ojibwe language and cultural components. The project’s service learning approach promotes community level action to mitigate or adapt to a changing Lake Superior climate.
Pollinator Activities Take Flight, Find Rare Bumble Bee in Northeastern Wisconsin
Posted Jan 24, 2013
Something’s abuzz on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s Lakewood-Laona Ranger District in northeast Wisconsin.
Imagine a place where the air is laden with intoxicating scents of flowers in bloom, a place where treasures wait to be found, where countless butterflies swirl like fluttering jewels amidst bees and diurnal moths, all against a backdrop of vibrant green.
Sound too good to be true?
White Mountain National Forest Celebrates 2012 Invasive Species Accomplishments
Posted Jan 7, 2013
White Mountain National Forest wildlife and botany staff finished the 2012 field season with a total of 73.2 acres of Non-Native Inavasive Species treatment on the Forest, exceeding the target by 55%.