Celebrating Wildflowers Success Stories

Celebrating Wildflowers has captured some of the remarkable botany-related projects and accomplishments of the Eastern Region.

All Success Stories for the Eastern Region

Title Description Category National Forest or Grassland State
Earth Day 2009 Weed Warriors Pull Garlic Mustard at the Buckaloons Recreation Area - Allegheny National Forest Trained volunteers worked hard on Earth Day 2009 to remove garlic mustard at the Buckaloons Recreation Area on the Allegheny National Forest. Invasive Species Allegheny Pennsylvania
Public Lands Day Takes Aim at Invasive Plants - Allegheny National Forest The Allegheny National Forest and volunteers worked hard to remove invasive plant species at the Buckaloons Recreation on Public Lands Day 2008. Invasive Species Allegheny Pennsylvania
Allegheny National Forest's Wildflower Viewing Areas Where to find rare native plants and flowers on the Allegheny. Viewing Areas Allegheny Pennsylvania
Cooperative Weed Management Areas host Invasive Plant Workshops Cooperative Weed Management Areas host Invasive Plant Workshops for Right-of-Way Workers in northern Wisconsin. Invasive Species Chequamegon-Nicolet Wisconsin
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest's Wildflower Viewing Areas Where to find rare native plants and flowers on the Chequamegon-Nicolet. Viewing Areas Chequamegon-Nicolet Wisconsin
ATV power wash station helping to wash out invasive plants on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Innovative unit developed by Forest Service San Dimas Technology and Development. Invasive Species Chequamegon-Nicolet Wisconsin
Bee Counted - Census Time for Pollinators on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest The first comprehensive review of bee diversity since 1935 and also the first inventory of this type on any National Forest. Pollinators Chequamegon-Nicolet Wisconsin
Early spring wildflower walk yields many discoveries on the Chequamegon-Nicolet Walk serves as educational tool on the native flora and non-native invasive species. Invasive Species Chequamegon-Nicolet Wisconsin
Kinomaagewin-Aki Teachings from the Earth at the Hannahville Indian Community Be tenders of the garden - Hannahville Indian Community Elder Earl Meshigaud. Ethnobotany Chequamegon-Nicolet Wisconsin
The Monarch Garden on the Chippewa National Forest This summer the garden at Cut Foot Sioux VIC is filled with more than 50 Common Milkweed and about a half-dozen Swamp Milkweed plants producing dozens of caterpillars. Pollinators Chippewa Minnesota
Cutfoot Butterfly Garden on the Chippewa National Forest The Chippewa National Forest's Deer River Ranger District established a butterfly garden at the Cutfoot Visitor Information Center. Pollinators Chippewa Minnesota
Chippewa National Forest's Wildflower Viewing Areas Where to find rare native plants and flowers on the Chippewa. Viewing Areas Chippewa Minnesota
Making a List and Checking It Twice on the Chippewa National Forest The Chippewa National Forest's Regional Forester's Sensitive Species (RFSS)list is getting an update. Invasive Species Chippewa Minnesota
All Around the Blueberry Bush The Chippewa National Forest has been given the opportunity for cooperative projects with the Leech Lake Band to improve habitat conditions with our management tools and authorities. Ethnobotany Chippewa Minnesota
Successful Transplant on the Chippewa National Forest Students helped gather sweetgrass in order to transplant to establish foundation blocks for a sweetgrass propagation program on the Chippewa National Forest. Native Plant Materials Chippewa Minnesota
Chippewa National Forest Visitors Adding Ojibwemowin to Wildflower Vocabulary Visitors to the Norway Beach Visitor Center are adding even more names, this time, Ojibwemowin (in Ojibwe language) to their wildflower vocabulary. Ethnobotany Chippewa Minnesota
Butterflies of the Chippewa National Forest - Minnesota Chippewa National Forest Butterfly List - First of 15 for the Eastern Region. Pollinators Chippewa Minnesota
A 55-letter word for blueberry pie, Ojibwemowin Chippewa National Forest incorporates Ojibwe Language into Visitor Center programs. Ethnobotany Chippewa Minnesota
Chippewa National Forest Serves Up Garlic Mustard The Chippewa National Forest Invasive Plant Program implemented an agreement with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa (MCC), to survey and hand pull Garlic Mustard. Invasive Species Chippewa Minnesota
Chippewa National Forest Partners with Youth to Invade the Invasive! Due to the local infestation of garlic mustard, Chippewa National Forest staff teamed up with local youth to help with the eradication of this plant. Invasive Species Chippewa Minnesota
Chippewa Presents The Community Garden Project In June, 2009 nineteen youth began creating a garden plot at Rabideau Civilian Conservation Corps Camp on the Chippewa National Forest. Ethnobotany Chippewa Minnesota
Finger Lakes National Forest's Wildflower Viewing Areas Where to find rare native plants and flowers on the Finger Lakes National Forest. Viewing Areas Finger Lakes New York
Green Mountain National Forest's Wildflower Viewing Areas Where to find rare native plants and flowers on the Green Mountain National Forest. Viewing Areas Green Mountain Vermont
Hiawatha National Forest greenhouse has another successful year in 2009 The Hiawatha National Forest greenhouse raised just over 25,000 native plants and began solar power energy. In addition, the greenhouse was able to have a Michigan Works crew funded through State of Michigan stimulus. Native Plant Materials Hiawatha Michigan
Lakeview Pollinator Garden is Open for Bees-ness! Schoolyard Garden Brings Pollinator Awareness to Youth and Community. Invasive Species Hiawatha Michigan
Hiawatha Releases Biocontrol Insects to Control Invasive Knapweed Plants New tool in effort to control invasive species. Invasive Species Hiawatha Michigan
Native Plant restoration success on Grand Island NRA 13,000 native wildflower plants were transplanted into a degraded opening on Grand Island NRA by youth and adults. The restoration effort was in the second year of a five year plan to restore the site. Invasive Species Hiawatha Michigan
Hiawatha National Forest's 2011 Invasive Species Accomplishments Hiawatha National Forest removes invasive plants from high priority locations and popular tourist sites. Invasive Species Hiawatha Michigan
Native Plant Restoration and Bank Stabilization Along the Indian Wild and Scenic River Native plants were used to restore and rehabilitate two sites along the Indian Wild and Scenic River. Working with volunteers, we reduced sedimentation by 0.6 tons annually. Native Plant Materials Hiawatha Michigan
AmeriCorps help with Native Plant restoration on Grand Island NRA AmeriCorps workers participated in restoration planting on Grand Island NRA where they assisted with planting more than 9,000 native plants in two days. Invasive Species Hiawatha Michigan
Japanese Barberry removal on East Unit of Hiawatha National Forest Upon discovering this invasive plant on the National Forest, a team of employees pulls five pick-up truck loads. The pulled plants will be burned to reduce the possibility of re-seeding. Invasive Species Hiawatha Michigan
Hiawatha National Forest's Wildflower Viewing Areas Where to find rare native plants and flowers on the Hiawatha. Viewing Areas Hiawatha Michigan
Three days of rain didn't wash out 25th Wildflower Event The Indiana Wildflower Foray had its 25th anniversary this year during three days of thunderstorms and rain. The event still had hikers eager to come out and see the flowers. Education Hoosier Indiana
Bringing Families out to the Woods in Lawrence County, Indiana Hosted by the White River RCD, Bedford Park Department and several other agencies the Forest Family Fun Day was well attended by some 130 people. Education Hoosier Indiana
The Hoosier is Pollinator Farming (Not Gardening) Partners help the Hoosier establish 120 acres of native pollinator species to serve as a future seed source for site restoration and rehabilitation projects. Pollinators Hoosier Indiana
Hoosier National Forest's Wildflower Viewing Areas Where to find rare native plants and flowers on the Hoosier. Viewing Areas Hoosier Indiana
Partners Help establish Native Seed Source on the Hoosier Partners work together to develop fields of native plants to provide for seeds and pollinators. Invasive Species Hoosier Indiana
Adventures With Nature on the Hoosier Two hundred and thirty people attended the 2011 Adventures in Nature Day at Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area on the Hoosier National Forest to participate in nature activities and learn more about the outdoors. Education Hoosier Indiana
Volunteers Making a Difference for the Hoosier National Forest native plant program Volunteers making a difference in the Hoosier National Forest native plant program. In 2010 194 volunteers donated their time between the Forest greenhouse operations, restoration planting and harvesting seed. Native Plant Materials Hoosier Indiana
Foraying for Flowers on the Hoosier For the past 24 years the Spring Wildflower Foray has promoted wildflower hikes in southern Indiana and brought people out to enjoy the forest. Invasive Species Hoosier Indiana
Volunteers Participating in the Karner Blue Butterfly Recovery Program Make a Difference National Forest enlists help of volunteers to assess the population abundance and habitat quality of an endangered butterfly. Pollinators Huron-Manistee Michigan
Huron-Manistee National Forest's Wildflower Viewing Areas Where to find rare native plants and flowers on the Huron-Manistee. Viewing Areas Huron-Manistee Michigan
Docent Training at Wildflower Sanctuary on the Huron-Manistee National Forests A dedicated group of garden club members and local volunteers joined Forest Service staff to combine talents, sharpen skills, and renew friendships within the rich culture of Loda Lake. Ethnobotany Huron-Manistee Michigan
Baldwin-White Cloud Ranger District Furthers its Efforts to Recover Rare Savanna Species To reverse the decline in rare savanna species, including the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly (KBB), the Baldwin-White Cloud Ranger District (District) has dramatically increased its savanna. Pollinators Huron-Manistee Michigan
Endangered Species Habitat Creation Reduces Wildfire Threat A project to create habitat for the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly in the Huron-Manistee National Forests has also reduced the risk of catastrophic wildfire. Pollinators Huron-Manistee Michigan
Volunteers Help Assess Endangered Butterfly Population on Huron-Manistee National Forest The Forest Service manages areas on the Huron-Manistee National Forest for the Karner Blue Butterfly and enlists the help of volunteers to monitor the butterfly's population trend. Pollinators Huron-Manistee Michigan
Pollinator Gardens a Success on Huron-Manistee National Forests The importance of pollinators and native plants shared at pollinator gardens on the Baldwin-White Cloud Ranger District. Pollinators Huron-Manistee Michigan
AmeriCorps Interns Benefit Mark Twain National Forest Wilderness Areas AmeriCorps Student Interns gained job experience while helping inventory and manage Mark Twain National Forest Paddy Creek and Piney Creek Wildernesses summer 2011. Invasive Species Mark Twain Missouri
Mark Twain National Forest's 2011 Invasive Species Accomplishments Mark Twain National Forest treats non-native invasive plants and removes feral hogs. Invasive Species Mark Twain Missouri
Successful Pollinator Garden with Natives A pollinator garden planted with native species becomes a learning laboratory and beauty to the eye. Pollinators Mark Twain Missouri
Missouri High School Students Aid Mark Twain National Forest in Planting Pollinator Gardens Potosi High School students help Mark Twain National Forest's Potosi Ranger District build two pollinator gardens at district office. Pollinators Mark Twain Missouri
Mark Twain National Forest's Wildflower Viewing Areas Where to find rare native plants and flowers on the Mark Twain. Viewing Areas Mark Twain Missouri
Gone But Not Forgotten? Endangered plants re-appear on Mark Twain National Forest following prescribed burn. Native Plant Materials Mark Twain Missouri
Greencorps Chicago, IL-Calumet, IN visits Midewin NTP for hands-on training in horticulture Greencorps Chicago is the City of Chicago's community landscaping and job training program. Education Midewin Tall Grass Prairie Missouri
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie's Wildflower Viewing Area Where to find rare native plants and flowers on the Midewin. Viewing Areas Midewin Tall Grass Prairie Missouri
ARRA funds aid in the fight against giant perennial grasses that threaten to take over Midewin In this edition of Midewin vs. Phragmites, ARRA funded contractors arrive on the scene in time to control the invader. Invasive Species Midewin Tall Grass Prairie Missouri
Volunteers Help Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Grow! Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is working toward an unprecedented goal: a landscape-scale native prairie and wetland restoration on over 18,000 acres of former army arsenal land- Volunteers help Midewin Succeed. Invasive Species Midewin Tall Grass Prairie Missouri
Forest Service Chief Visits Midewin for National Public Lands Day! Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell visited the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie to participate in their NLPD event. Native Plant Materials Midewin Tall Grass Prairie Missouri
Protecting the Grizzled Skipper While Spraying to Reduce Gypsy Moth Infestation Plans for gypsy moth spraying lead to finding of largest known population of rare butterfly in West Virginia. Invasive Species Monongahela West Virginia
First Annual Garlic Mustard Challenge Removes 11,722.5 Pounds of Material! Volunteers removed more than 11,722 pounds of garlic mustard from 4 states. Invasive Species Monongahela West Virginia
Pulling Together to Fight Invasive Species The Monongahela National Forest is leading the fight against invasive species in West Virginia by developing the state's first Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area. Invasive Species Monongahela West Virginia
Monongahela Pollinator Garden Gets Spring Cleaning Forest employees spent a day being gardeners. Invasive Species Monongahela West Virginia
Downtown Elkins, West Virginia Overrun by Aliens! The Mayor of Elkins, West Virginia, declared May 11th, 2011, as the first annual Invasive Species Awareness Day. Invasive Species Monongahela West Virginia
GO Plant a Native Pollinator Garden An army of partners and volunteers help transform a 5,500 square foot fescue field into a beautiful native pollinator garden. Pollinators Monongahela West Virginia
Free Workshops Teach Landowners About the Impacts of Invasive Species Potomac Highlands CWPMA holds public meetings in two West Virginia Counties. Invasive Species Monongahela West Virginia
Where Nature and Culture Meet The Seneca Rocks Discovery Center in the Monongahela National Forest links people, communities, and the land in unique ways. Education Monongahela West Virginia
Improving Rangeland in the Monongahela National Forest The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act helped to improve rangeland in West Virginia. Native Plant Materials Monongahela West Virginia
Monongahela's National Forest's Wildflower Viewing Areas Where to find rare native plants and flowers on the Monongahela. Viewing Areas Monongahela West Virginia
Barton Bench Ecological Restoration Begins After years of planning, partners arrived on-site to see the beginning stages of the reclamation of an abandoned mine site on the Monongahela National Forest. Invasive Species Monongahela West Virginia
2010 Garlic Mustard Challenge Results After weeks of searching, pulling, and bagging, the results are amazing! Invasive Species Monongahela West Virginia
The Word is Getting Out About West Virginia's First CWPMA Visitors to a Tri-County Fair gain knowledge about invasive species. Invasive Species Monongahela West Virginia
Clark Lake Day Use Area Planter gets New Look Volunteer creates native plant and pollinator garden in neglected plant at day use area. Pollinators Ottawa Michigan
New Brochure Helps Protect Sylvania Wilderness from Invasive Species In order to help protect the Sylvania Wilderness, a brochure describing invasive species was produced. Invasive Species Ottawa Michigan
Ottawa Partners with Tribes to Restore Wild Rice Ottawa National Forest partnered up with local tribes to establish wild rice beds in several small lakes on the Forest in an effort to restore the valuable native plant to the area. Native Plant Materials Ottawa Michigan
Western UP Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area Receives Eastern Region Honor Award Group receives Forest Service, Eastern Region honor award for protecting ecosystems across boundaries. Invasive Species Ottawa Michigan
Ottawa National Forest's Wildflower Viewing Areas Where to find rare native plants and flowers on the Ottawa. Viewing Areas Ottawa Michigan
3rd Annual Camp Onji-Akiing another Success! Ottawa National Forest and GLIFWC sponsor a 3-day residential camp for tribal children at Camp Nesbit. Education Ottawa Michigan
Two Projects Funded for Ottawa's J.W. Toumey Nursery Nursery projects were awarded and funded by MTDC. Native Plant Materials Ottawa Michigan
Ottawa National Forest Establishes Rain Garden Over 2000 seedlings were planted in a rain garden to treat stormwater runoff. Native Plant Materials Ottawa Michigan
Ottawa National Forest Employee Receives National Invasive Species Award for Excellence National Invasive Species Award for Excellence. Invasive Species Ottawa Michigan
Monarch caterpillars find home in Toumey Nursery greenhouse JW Toumey Nursery raised milkweed plants for use on the Ottawa National Forest. While still in the greenhouse, monarch butterfly caterpillars found homes on the seedlings. Pollinators Ottawa Michigan
I went to a Garden Party, to Reminisce with my Old Friends Working to develop a successful partnership with a community to promote the culture and heritage of the area. Pollinators Ottowa Michigan
Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center Recognized as Invader Crusader Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species selects NGLVC in Ashland 2010 Invader Crusader because of outstanding efforts battling invasive species. Invasive Species Regional Northeast U.S.
Region 9 CWMAs - Assisted by Great Lakes Restoration Initiative GLRI has allowed R9 Forests to establish and grow CWMAs providing: education and awareness; prevention; early detection and rapid response, monitoring; and integrated pest management. Invasive Species Regional Northeast U.S.
Intertribal Nursery Council Meeting - New KBIC Solar-powered Geodesic Dome Greenhouse on Agenda Keweenaw Bay Indian Community members recently attended the Annual Intertribal Nursery Council Meeting in Washington. Ethnobotany Regional Northeast U.S.
Thank You MATC for Juneau Park Plantings! MATC biology students plant recently donated prairie and woodland wildflowers at our growing Juneau Park Native Plant and Pollinator Garden - and - the official partnership sign is installed. Invasive Species Regional Northeast U.S.
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Native Plant Greenhouse and Workshop The Zaagkii Wings and Seeds Project continues at KBIC with a native plant greenhouse dedication and tour, as well as a workshop. Native Plant Materials Regional Northeast U.S.
Update - Eastern Region's Native Plant and Pollinator Gardens Our Eastern Region Native Plant and Pollinator Gardens add opportunities and significance. Pollinators Regional Northeast U.S.
Eastern Region Implementation - North American Butterfly Association MOU NABA provides R9 butterfly checklists and American Butterflies Magazine requests inventory info from members. Pollinators Regional Northeast U.S.
Zaagkii Wings and Seeds - An Update Years 2008 and 2009 are briefly recapped and our third and final year 2010 is summarized. Pollinators Regional Northeast U.S.
New Greenhouse for KBIC Restoration Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Increases Native Plant Restoration with New Greenhouse. Invasive Species Regional Northeast U.S.
The Eastern Region's Pollinator and Native Plant Gardens - Come Join Us Native Plant and Pollinator Gardens Provide Enjoyment of Nature's Simple and Complex Workings. Pollinators Regional Northeast U.S.
Shawnee National Forest's Wildflower Viewing Areas Where to find rare native plants and flowers on the Shawnee. Viewing Areas Shawnee Illinois
Butterflies of the Shawnee National Forest Shawnee National Forest Butterfly List - Second of 15 for the Eastern Region. Pollinators Shawnee Illinois
Volunteers Quash Glossy Buckthorn on National Public Lands Day Eighteen volunteers treated 5 acres of glossy buckthorn at popular day use area on Lake Superior. Invasive Species Superior Minnesota
Recovery Act Funds Help in Battle Against Exotic Plants As part of a multi-year project funded under the Recovery Act, various locations across the Superior National Forest are being treated to keep exotic (non-native invasive) plants under control. Invasive Species Superior Minnesota
Superior National Forest's Wildflower Viewing Areas Where to find rare native plants and flowers on the Superior. Viewing Areas Superior Minnesota
Passing of the Wayne National Forest Garlic Mustard Trophy The annual garlic mustard competition on the Wayne National Forest was again a success, with a transfer of the trophy between districts. Invasive Species Wayne Ohio
Wayne National Forest Partners with Friends of the Lower Muskingum to Educate Citizens about Invasives On September 9, 2009, Wayne National Forest and partners came together to demonstrate to 26 community members the damage that invasive plants can have on natural environments. Invasive Species Wayne Ohio
Wayne National Forest Wins Multi-State Garlic Mustard Competition! The Wayne National Forest took home the championship of the 2010 Garlic Mustard Challenge, for pulling over 19,000 pounds of garlic mustard. Invasive Species Wayne Ohio
Wayne National Forest's Native Plants and Pollinators Learning Project The Little Cities of the Forest Collaborative received an Environmental Education grant and partnered with the Forest Service to provide a native plant and pollinator learning to local 5th graders. Invasive Species Wayne Ohio
Wayne National Forest Partners with Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves to inventory for rare plants Partnership results in new rare plant find in Ohio along with additional new rare species population records and new rare plant community records. Invasive Species Wayne Ohio
Faith-based teen group helps with eradication of multi-flora rose On June 29, 2009 biological technicians on the Wayne and 15 teenage volunteers cleared Wildcat Hollow trail and surrounding forest of non-native invasive species. Invasive Species Wayne Ohio
Wayne National Forest's Wildflower Viewing Areas Where to find rare native plants and flowers on the Wayne. Viewing Areas Wayne Ohio
Earth Month on the Wayne National Forest Wayne National Forest and Partners used April (Earth Month) to educate the community about wildflowers, native pollinators and non-native invasive species. Invasive Species Wayne Ohio
Eco-camp Teen Group helps Eradicate Non-native Invasive Plants for Third Year! For the third year, teen volunteers from Eco-Camp helped with invasive plant control on the Wayne National Forest. Invasive Species Wayne Ohio
Wayne National Forest works with Partners to train Vendors on Invasive Species Control Wayne National Forest employees demonstrated invasive plant control methods and tools. Thirty-seven people attended the first Invasive Species-Vendor School by the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program. Invasive Species Wayne Ohio
Partnering to map populations of an Invasive Tree at a landscape level A partnership to map Ailanthus at a Regional scale was started during the winter of 2010. Use of aerial mapping cuts costs and allows for the capture of large amounts of data. Invasive Species Wayne Ohio
Healthier Watershed - Invasive Plant Partnership Improves New Hampshire's Coastal Watershed Model partnership collaborates to restore diverse native ecosystems. Invasive Species White Mountain New Hampshire
White Mountain National Forest's Wildflower Viewing Areas Where to find rare native plants and wildflowers on the White Mountain National Forest. Viewing Areas White Mountain New Hampshire
Bartlett Experimental Forest's 75th Anniversary An open house filled with family friendly activities was held on October 20 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Bartlett Experimental Forest. Education White Mountain New Hampshire

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