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Tree group aims to ‘ReLeaf’ Michigan
WKAR - East Lansing, MI (5/10)
An Ann Arbor-based organization has been planting trees all over Michigan since 1988. ReLeaf Michigan helps property owners learn about trees and how to plant them, citing their numerous benefits.

Walk in Shakespeare's time in Door County
The Post-Crescent (5/10)
Shakespeare's fans have taken advantage of the author’s many plant references to create gardens inspired by him — Shakespeare Gardens! And one of them is at Lawrence University’s northern campus, in Wisconsin, on over a mile of Lake Michigan shoreline.

Wildlife grants awarded to tribes in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota
Great Lakes Echo (4/28)
Native American tribes from Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota have received wildlife protection grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

60,000 trees and counting
Erie Times-News (4/17)
Sixty thousand and counting. That's how many trees and shrubs have been planted by Crawford County students in 16 years, in environmental projects sponsored by the Crawford County Conservation District and Pennsylvania state Bureau of Forestry.

Ecological ethics changing over time
Owen Sound Sun Times (4/14)
As public opinion on natural resources management becomes more and more polarized, the organizations tasked with managing those resources are finding it harder to find the middle ground.

Toledo is named ‘Tree City USA’ again
Toledo Blade (4/13)
Toledo, Ohio was again named “Tree City USA” for its urban forest management last year — the 36th straight year the city has received the designation. The city received $50,000 from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for two projects to plant urban tree canopies to increase beauty and “green livability.”

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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: 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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