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Summer vacation researching lakes
The Journal Gazette (8/25)
Steve Park, a seventh-grade science teacher from Riverview Middle School in Huntington, Ind. spent a portion of his summer on an Environmental Protection Agency research vessel.

Senators announce funding for University of Michigan project
WKZO - Washington, D.C. (8/25)
Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin say that a grant for the University of Michigan will help develop models to protect Lake Erie from the effects of algal blooms.

Residents get hands-on lesson about Maumee River conditions
WTVG 13 ABC - Toledo, OH (8/25)
More than two dozen people took a two-hour look at the Maumee River and nearby facilities that impact its condition. The tour, hosted by the Lake Erie Waterkeeper, was especially important this year because of the growing algae bloom in Lake Erie.

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Great Lakes native flora

7 | Great Lakes native flora quiz!


1. To be considered a plant, an organism must possess the following characteristics EXCEPT:
photosynthesis
a way to move on its own
cellulose
water-conducting tissue

 
2. Leaves and stems of plants stand up straight with the help of:
dirt
oxygen
cellulose
people

 
3. Logging was an important industry in the Great Lakes region during:
World War II
mid-1800s
1970s
never

 
4: Purple loosestrife is an example of:
a nonindigenous plant
a plant useful to wetlands
a native plant
an endangered plant

 
5: Native plants are:
plants without a stem
plants that need fertilizer and irrigation
green plants
plants that have evolved in a particular region

 
6: All of the following are benefits of native landscaping EXCEPT:
wildlife love mowed grass
less expensive
saves energy
promotes natural balance and biodiversity

 
7: Which tree is NOT native to Illinois? (Hint: Read through Illinois' native tree list!)
eastern red cedar
flowering dogwood
redwood
Ohio buckeye

 
8: Why is the American chestnut rare?
housing and road development
chestnut blight
humans harvested too many chestnuts
extensive logging

 
9: On the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources "Native Plant Gardens" page, the DNR recommends the following steps when designing a native landscape garden EXCEPT:
get to know your site
budget money and time
managing and maintaining
plant non-native plants for diversity


 

References
Encyclopedia Britannica -- Plants
Great Lakes Atlas, Third Edition, U.S. EPA and Environment Canada
Green Landscaping with Native Plants, U.S. EPA-Great Lakes National Program Office
PLANTS National Database, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
Using Native Plants in the Landscape, University of Minnesota Extension Service
 
Published on October 1, 2000

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