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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: MI Interfaith Pollinator Gardens Solution to Spreading Invasives

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Published on Jul 12, 2013

EarthKeepers II is an Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community Garden Initiative to Restore Native Plants and Protect the Great Lakes from Toxins like Airborne Mercury - across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and northeast Wisconsin - in cooperation with the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, U.S. Forest Service, 10 faith traditions and Native American tribes like the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

EarthKeepers II and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative are battling non-native invasive species that ruin ecosystems and hurt pollinators like bees and butterflies.

The EarthKeepers II Technical Advisor for Community Gardens is Jan Schultz, head botanist at the USFS Eastern Region (R-9) Office in Milwaukee, WI.

Schultz is sharing her expertise about pollinators, native plants, invasive species, cultivars and other issues related to a healthy ecosystem.

EarthKeepers II is educating the public about the detrimental effects of non-native plants and reducing airborne mercury through energy conservation audits at 40 churches/temples -- and teaching congregations how they can save energy in their homes.

EarthKeepers II is helping plant 30 interfaith community gardens across northern Michigan and NE Wisconsin

The Solution Instead of Spreading Invasives: EarthKeepers II and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The native plant gardens being created at churches/temples in northern Michigan and NE Wisconsin can help spread pollinators instead of invasive species.

Organizers hope others will be inspired by the project -- making its reach even further.

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Honeysuckle (#4) 5392295 by John M. Randall, The Nature Conservancy, Bugwood.org
www.forestryimages.org/browse/detail.cfm­?imgnum=5392295
www.forestryimages.org/browse/autimages.­cfm?aut=394

Phragmites UGA 5273068 by Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org
www.forestryimages.org/browse/detail.cfm­?imgnum=5273068
www.forestryimages.org/browse/autimages.­cfm?aut=15630

Garlic Mustard, by Elizabeth Coyne, Central Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area
http://capitalnewsservice.files.wordp...

Honeysuckle UGA 1330021 (#1) by Chris Evans of Illinois Wildlife Action Plan
www.forestryimages.org/browse/detail.cfm­?imgnum=1330021
www.forestryimages.org/browse/autimages.­cfm?aut=18437

Honeysuckles in Ottawa National Forest
By Ian Shackleford, U.S. Forest Service botanist in Ottawa National Forest (photo #5)
www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_MEDIA/stelp­rdb5137286.jpg
www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/s­telprdb5150394.ppt
www.fs.usda.gov/detail/ottawa/landmanage­ment/resourcemanagement/?cid=stelprdb511­2221

Honeysuckle (#2) photo by Rob Routledge, Sault College
University of Georgia (UGA) Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at www.Bugwood.org
www.forestryimages.org/images/768x512/54­92641.jpg
www.forestryimages.org/browse/autimages.­cfm?aut=68737

Honeysuckle (#3) photo by Chris Evans, Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, www.Bugwood.org
www.forestryimages.org/browse/detail.cfm­?imgnum=1330045
www.forestryimages.org/browse/autimages.­cfm?aut=18437

Non-native Phragmites australis sometimes known as Haplotype M
Courtesy 2008 Fact Sheet Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA) Alien Plant Working Group -- Common Reed
www.nps.gov/plants/ALIEN/fact/phau1.htm
The PCA is a consortium of ten federal government Member agencies and over 290 non-federal Cooperators
www.nps.gov/plants/faq.htm#pca

Plant Conservation Alliance
Alien Plant Working Group
Jil Swearingen, Chair
4598 MacArthur Blvd., NW
Washington, DC 20007
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Eagle Herald newspaper war against invasive phragmites along Lake Michigan on MI/WI border
http://ehextra.com/Main.asp?SectionID...
http://ehextra.com/main.asp?Search=1&...
http://ehextra.com/main.asp?Search=1&...

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Great Lakes Restoration Initative
Forecasting Potential Phragmites Coastal Invasion Corridors
http://cida.usgs.gov/glri/phragmites
www.fs.usda.gov/detail/ottawa/landmanage­ment/resourcemanagement/?cid=stelprdb513­1070

Buckthorn by Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut
www.invasive.org/browse/detail.cfm?imgnu­m=5274032

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