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New effort to track wild rice in Michigan
Great Lakes Echo (10/10)
After decades of leaving wild rice management to Native American tribes, state officials are gearing up to track how wild rice issues intersect with some government agencies.

Wildlife biologist predicting wild rice crop to be below average this year
Wisconsin Public Radio (9/12)
The wild rice crop in northern Wisconsin is likely to be below average this year, and summer storms are partially to blame.

Herbicides can't stop invasive plants. Can bugs?
Phys.org (8/31)
Over the past 35 years, state and federal agencies have spent millions of dollars and dumped untold quantities of herbicides into waterways trying to control the invasive water chestnut plant, but a leaf beetle might be the key to stopping the invasive plant.

Phragmites sprayed in Green Bay area
WLUK-TV – Green Bay, WI (8/31)
Crews in Green Bay, Wis., are taking an aggressive approach in battling phragmites, but controlling the tall, thick grass can present a challenge.

NOTL seeks support to stop invasive phragmites
Niagara-On-The-Lake Town Crier (7/13)
In Ontario, Niagara-On-The-Lake city council has joined in the call for support to battle an invasive plant causing damage to the province's biodiversity, wetlands and beaches.

Land on a creek? Get a free tree!
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (7/12)
A program that already has given away 10,000 erosion-busting trees and shrubs is offering more free plants this fall in select portions of the Genesee River watershed, in N.Y.

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TEACH Great Lakes: Native Flora
Learn about native flora in the region, why native plants are important, and what threatens their growth.

A Guide To Wildflower Color in Illinois
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Hundreds of different kinds of colorful and showy blossoms can be found throughout Illinois in forest, prairie, fields and roadsides throughout the growing season. This guide will help you find and appreciate this wildflower heritage.

Aquatic Plants
Canada's Aquatic Environments
An educational site that includes extensive information on phytoplankton, fungi, macrophytes and lichens.

Flora And Fauna
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Contains links to informational pages on the Flora and Fauna of Illinois.

Flora and Fauna of the Great Lakes Region
University of Michigan
This multimedia digital collection provides access to materials selected from Fish and Mammal Divisions of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology and the Fungus Collections of the University of Michigan Herbarium.

Flora of North America Project
Flora of North America Association
A multi-institutional, collaborative project providing information about the plants of North America on a continental scale.

Green Landscaping with Native Plants
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
Landscaping with native wildflowers and grasses improves the environment, and U.S. EPA is working to make beneficial landscaping a standard practice. Includes a Natural Landscaping Toolkit.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Adopt a conservation mentality: Protect our environment by not releasing unwanted fish and aquatic plants into the wild. Find out what you can do to help this growing problem on this site.

Herbarium Collection
Illinois Natural History Survey
A database composed of four distinct groups: vascular plants, fungi, algae and bryophytes totaling more than 200,000 specimens; searchable by genus, species, county, and state.

Illinois Plant Information Network
Taxonomic, biologic, geographic, and ecologic information on 3209 Illinois vascular plant taxa.

Invasive Plant Council of New York State
This group provides coordination and guidance on the management of invasive plants to protect biodiversity in New York State. Includes a list of the state's top 20 most invasive species, along with photos, and information on biology, range and habitat.

Native America
A New York based organization dedicated to the reintroduction of native plants and animals species to their respective places through education, research and habitat restoration.

Natural Landscaping Toolkit
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
Information for local officials about the benefits of natural landscaping.

Plant Communities of the Midwest
Midwestern plant communities -- from Great Plains grasslands to the dense boreal forests that frame the shores of the Great Lakes and from northern peatland bogs to dry, Ozark glades -- have long fascinated plant ecologists. Now a comprehensive survey of all the natural plant communities found in this 12-state region is available in a single volume.

Plants of the coastal zone of Lake Huron
Michigan State University Sea Grant Extension
Displays and describes plants and floweres that can be found from Port Huron to Mackinaw City along the shore.

Tallgrass Prairie Plants
Illinois Natural History Survey
An extensive database of photographs of prairie plants at all stages of development.

The Wild Ones Handbook
Wild Ones
Presents the current wisdom regarding natural landscaping technique.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
Local ordinances can sometimes be a deterrent to natural landscaping. Includes guidelines for communities in crafting new weed ordinances that begin the road toward a more benign relationship between our yards and nature.

Wisconsin Vascular Plants
Wisconsin State Herbarium
Includes searchable databases, featuring photos, descriptions, common and scientific names, growing seasons, distribution within the state, and more. You'll also find the Atlas of Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora, and indexes of conifers and rare lichens.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Environment
GLIN: Biodiversity in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Environmental Research in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Forests and Forestry in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Habitats of the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Invasive Species in the Great Lakes Region

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