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PAGE5MAZINAx19IGANFALL2012NATIVEPLANTSWatersmeetMich.x14ScottHerronseesabrightfuturefornativeplantsx14oneilluminedbythereddishorangeglowoffirelight.x1cMostinvasiveplantscanx19thandlefirex1dsaidHerronaFerrisStateUniver-sityethnobotantist.x1cNativeplantshoweverhaveadaptedtofire.WecanrestoresomeoftheseplantcommunitiesonalargerscalethanwhatIseeouttherenow.x1dAnorganizerandfeaturedspeakeratthefourthKinomaageWorkshopHerronsaidmostMichiganrestorationprojectsappearintheformofmodestraingardensfeaturingjustafewplants.Additionalrestorationisoccurringonreclaimedbrownfieldsx14abandonedindustrialsitesx14inplaceslikeDetroit.Landmanagershesaidmightgofurtherdrawingfromthewelloftraditionalecologicalknowledgetorealizebroaderlandscaperestoration.x1cIfweuseaholisticAnishinaabemodelwecanmovebeyondsinglespe-ciesrestorationx1dhesaid.Thatmeansthestrategicapplicationoffireonlargerchunksoflandgeneratingnewgrowthacrossentireplantcommunities.x1cWex19vegotfirekeepersallacrossAnishinaabeCountry.Wecanworktogethertorevivesomeofthoseseedbanks.x1dHerronsaiditx19snotenoughtorelyongovernmentprogramsliketheGreatLakesRestorationInitiativetopayforrestorationprojectsorganizationandfundingonthelocallevelisessentialtopoolallavailableresourcestohelpecosystems.Likereconstructingelementsofnativeplantcommunitiesinterconnectingpeopleisvitaltorestorationsuccess.TothatendtheKinomaageteachingsfromtheearthprogramisaworkingmodel.Launchedbythenon-profitCedarTreeInstituteKinomaagepartnersin-cludetheLacVieuxDesertLVDBandUSForestServiceandindividualsfromtribalcommunitiesacrossUpperMichigan.x1cWeexistinbetweenorganizationsx1dsaidJonMagnusonCedarTreeInstituteCTIDirector.x1cWex19reacatalystatriggerforanemergingvisiontoreturnthecaretakerlegacyofNativeAmericancommunitiesacrossNorthAmerica.x1dThatlegacyisondisplayatRiceBayonLakeLacVieuxDesertwheremanyofthethree-dozenKinomaageparticipantswitnessedthefullrichnessofmanoominharvestingprocessingandreseedingx14alldonebyhand.TheLVDBandGreatLakesIndianFishWildlifeCommissionandotherpartnersare10yearsintoeffortstorejuvenateancientmanoominwildricebedsonthelakex19snorthshore.WithassistancefromHerrononKinomaagex19sseconddayLVDx19sRogerLaBinedetailedthelifecycleofmanoominanditsjourneyfromaseedinthelakebottomtoatable-readyfood.Herronpoignantlyrandownalistofnativespeciesrequiredtobothharvestandprocessmanoominriceknockersmadefromgiizhikcedarmashkiigwaatigtamarackandaagimaakblackashpushpolesnooshkaachinaaganwinnowingtraysutilizingwiigwaasbirchbarkandwiigobbasswood.x1cWeneedalloftheseplantstodothisoneactivityx1dHerronsaidaddingthatnativeplantstewardshipisfundamentallyx1cethnobotanicaldrivenx14notjustforthesakeofhavingarestoredecosystem.x1dByCharlieOttoRasmussenStaffWriterProfessorScottHerrondemonstratesmanoominparchingatLVDx19sOldVillageduringtheKinomaageWorkshop.PicturedtorightSueRabitailleHiawathaNationalForestnativeplantscontractorKenRabitailleandLVDmemberMelissaMcGeshick.photobyCharlieOttoRasmussenRestoringnativeplantsinMichiganx19sUpperPeninsulaacommunityeffortAspartoftheZaagkiiprojecttribalyouthhaveconstructed18butteryhousesformonarchstorestandshelterfromsevereweather.Inthis2008photoKBICx19sJanellePaquinappliesacoatofprimertoabutteryhouse.photobyGregPetersonLVDKBICjoinpartnershipsGiizhikandpollinatorsThroughtheCedarTreeeffortTheManitouProjectvolunteersplanted10000northernwhitecedarseedlingsthroughouttheUpperPeninsulainearlysummer2012.LVDBandmembersplaced1000ofthosetreesintowesternUPsoilandalsoassistedinotherareasincludingthesiteoftheDuckLakefirewhichtorchedmorethan21000acres.TheCTIalsodevelopedZaagkiitheWingsSeedsProjectwiththeKeweenawBayIndianCommunityandotherUpperMichigancollaborators.Supportingthepricelessworkofinsectsx14whichareresponsibleforpollinatingagreatmanywildplantsx14isthecoreofZaagkii.Insectsmakecontactwithpollendustastheyvisitplantstofeedonnectar.Astheymovealonginsectsdistributepollentoplantreproductivesystemsacrossthelandscape.InUpperMichigantheprogramhaskeyedinontwoconspicuouspollinatorsmonarchbutterfliesandbees.VolunteerstribalyouthandadditionalkidsfromtheMarquetteCountyJuvenileCourtsprogramconstructedandinstalled36beesheltersand18butterflyhouses.Thestructuresprovideprotectionfromsevereweather.x1cMonarchbutterfliesareveryfragilex1dCTIx19sMagnusonsaid.x1cTheyridethethermalwindsonincrediblemigrationsacrossthecontinentbutaccesstoadequateshelteriscriticalforthem.x1dJanSchultztheprincipalUSForestServiceZaagkiipartnerframestheworkaheadinpragmaticterms.x1cEverythirdbiteoffoodAmericansconsumecomesfrompollinationx1dsaidSchultzRegion9x19stopbotanist.x1cItx19sjawdropping.x1dShesaidrestoringnativecommunitiesisagameofkeepingasmanyx1cpartsx1daspossible.Thatincludesinventoryingandpreservingtheoriginalplantsfoundonthelandscape.Someplantsrepresentthesolefoodsourcefornativepollinators.Formonarchbutterfliesmilkweedisacrucialhostplant.Withoutnutritionfromtheleavesofmilkweedmonarchlarvaecannotdevelopintoabutterfly.x1cKeepingthepiecesishugex1dSchultzsaid.TheSaultTribeisslatedtohostthenextKinomaageworkshopinApril2013.Formoreinformationseewingsandseeds.org.InapairofbuckskinmoccasinsRogerLaBinedemonstratesmanoominjigging.photobyCOR