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Mich. legislature votes to boost aquatic species fines
WLNS-TV, Lansing, MI (12/18)
The Michigan Legislature has voted to boost penalties for knowingly having or selling prohibited aquatic species in the state.

Volunteers plant 120 cherry trees on Belle Isle
CBS-TV - Detroit, MI (11/14)
Volunteers have planted 120 flowering cherry trees on Belle Isle in Detroit, Mich., with support from a $150,000 federal grant.

Beware of killer shrimp, Michigan's newly banned critter
Detroit Free Press (11/11)
Killer shrimp, red swamp crayfish and five other water-dwelling animals are officially banned from Michigan for threatening the balance of life in our lakes.

Students celebrate Earth Day by planting sequoia clones
Michigan Radio (4/22)
Students in Northern Michigan at the Interlochen Arts Academy planted sequoia clones on campus along Green Lake for Earth Day.

COMMENTARY: Tiny insects and changing climate threaten majestic hemlocks
River Falls Journal (4/21)
Eastern hemlocks are under attack by an exotic sap-sucking insect from Asia, the hemlock wooly adelgid. First observed in 1988, this insect has caused widespread mortality to hemlocks in the Appalachians and threatens to eliminate all the hemlocks from forest ecosystems in the eastern U.S.

Survey maps invasive Japanese knotweed, capable of penetrating sidewalks and sewer tubes
MLive (4/13)
The invasive plant Japanese knotweed seems to be capable of penetrating through almost anything, and efforts to kill it might actually make it spread.

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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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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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