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Wisconsin and Illinois wetland has international importance
Great Lakes Echo (12/16)
The Chiwaukee Illinois Beach Lake Plan encompasses 15 miles of Lake Michigan coast in Wisconsin and Illinois and is “known for its spectacular wildflowers, with spring, fall and summer each offering a different suite of colors and textures,” says the Wisconsin Wetlands Association.

Efforts target plants along Lake Erie
The Monroe Evening News (12/8)
Efforts are taking place along western Lake Erie to map invasive plant species and deal with problematic plants. Technicians visited more than 7,000 acres of marshy habitats last year to see how Lake Erie’s coastal wetlands are changing.

Efforts target invasive plants along western Lake Erie
The Associated Press (12/7)
Efforts are taking place along western Lake Erie to map invasive plant species and deal with problematic plants. In the past year, technicians visited more than 7,000 acres of marshy habitats to see how Lake Erie's coastal wetlands are changing.

Tradition, science join to combat emerald ash borer
Great Lake Echo (12/3)
What can happen when scientific research and traditional Native American cultural practices combine to combat an environmental threat? The results of collaboration may point the way to reducing the spread of emerald ash borer in the Great Lakes region and beyond.

Milkweed planted on Mackinac Island to aid monarch butterflies
MLive (12/2)
A new grassland habitat area has been established on Mackinac Island, Mich., to aid the migratory North American monarch butterfly population.

A-C-W proposal to preserve trees along Huron shoreline
Blackburn Radio (10/26)
Huron County’s planning director and forest conservation officer have commented on an early draft of a bylaw in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, Ont., that would preserve trees along the Lake Huron Shoreline.

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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: 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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