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Coastal Centre concerned about plastic pollution in Lake Huron
Owen Sound Sun Times (7/17)
Everyone has a role to play in turning the tide on the growing problem of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. That's the message from Ontario's Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation outreach specialist, who is working to educate people on simple ways to help combat the issue.

Elementary Adventure Day outing provides hands-on fun
The Ashland Daily Press (7/12)
Just over half-a-dozen youngsters gathered at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, in Wisconsin, to participate in the first of this year’s three 4-H Elementary Adventure Day’s.

Summer interns help to research Lake Erie issues
The Toledo Blade (7/5)
Eleven college and university students from across the United States are studying freshwater lake issues this summer at the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center.

Anglers enlisted in water fight
Great Lakes Echo (6/29)
A recent study by researchers at Cornell University, in N.Y., revealed that anglers in the Great Lakes region are aware of and concerned about the threat of aquatic invasive species (AIS).

Lake State opens Sea Grant office
Sault Ste. Marie Evening News (6/29)
Lake Superior State University officially welcomed its new Michigan Sea Grant office to campus with a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning.

Stone Lab hosts series of experts to discuss lake
Port Clinton News Herald (6/28)
In Ohio, people looking to learn more about the issues facing Lake Erie will have several opportunities this summer to hear firsthand from the experts in the field who deal with those issues every day.

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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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