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VU students testing area waters
The Northwest Indiana Times (11/21)
Students of Valparaiso University, Ind., were at Lake Michigan to work on water quality measurements for an Environmental Protection Agency education project.

Forest Hills students put surf boards to the test in Lake Michigan
MLive (11/20)
Surf’s up! Well at least it was for some lucky students from Forest Hills Public Schools on Thursday, Nov. 19. Twenty students from each of the district’s three high schools had an opportunity to surf 10- to 12-foot waves at Grand Haven State Park, Mich.

City says yes to dock sale
Traverse City Record-Eagle (11/3)
In Traverse City, Mich., commissioners agreed to sell the coal dock marina to a group of nonprofit organizations focused on Great Lakes history, education and environmental protection to expand use for nonprofits and construct new, modern facilities.

TVDSB high school students learn about importance of Great Lakes
St. Thomas Times-Journal (10/31)
Participants at the Lake Erie Student Conference spent the day in Port Stanley, Ont., taking demonstrations on water quality testing, commercial fishing, birds of prey and the threat of invasive species.

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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:
a way to move on its own
water-conducting tissue

2. Leaves and stems of plants stand up straight with the help of:

3. Logging was an important industry in the Great Lakes region during:
World War II

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
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


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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