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2014MANOO2014ManoRicingthoughtsthegiveandthetake2014seasongoodinsomelakesnotsoinothersGivingbackAdamOjaGLIFWCwildlifetechnicianreseedsmanoominbedsinWhiteSandLakeVilasCountyWisconsin.photobyLisaDavidManoominSurveyPleasebelookingforGLIFWCswildriceharvestsurveyinthemailforthoseofyouwhopurchasedastatericinglicenseortakeourcalltotribalmembersasweaskaboutyourricingexperiencesagainthisyear.GLIFWCWildlifeTechni-cianAdamOjawillbeaskingaboutthenumberoftripsandthenumberofpoundsyouroff-reservationharvestingnettedaswellasyouropinionsabouttheseason.Whilethesesurveysmayseemcoldandscientificcomparedtothewarmrelationshipofreciprocitywehavewithmanoominthedatacanhelpusgivebacktotheplant.BrennanCorbineBadRivertribalmemberage14knocksriceforthersttimeatWisconsinsIslandLakeduringthe2014manoominharvestingseason.photobyDylanJenningsNeartheshoreofPacwawongLakeLacCourteOreillesSchoolstudentRavenheartQuagonspreadsoutfreshlyharvestedmanoomintodry.Quagonandherclassmatesalsodiscoveredricewormsintheharvestwhichtheypromptlyickedoffintothegrass.photobyCharlieOttoRasmussenMAZINAIGANPAGE12ByLisaDavidGLIFWCManoominBiologistOdanahWis.RobinWallKimmererswonderfulbookBraidingSweetgrassisfueledbytheauthorsinsightintothelifeandteachingpoweroftheplantworld.Woventhroughouthermanypersonalstoriesandeducationalessaysistheideaofreciprocitytheconceptofgivingback.Thisgotmethinkingabouthowthiscouldberelatedtoourmanoominrestora-tioneffortsatGLIFWC.AgainparaphrasingKimmererbyrestoringthewildricebedswerestoreourselves.Onewaywegivebackisbyreseeding.IthoughtbacktothedaythisfallwhenWildlifeTechnicianAdamOjaandIluggedacanoeloadedwith300poundsofgreenriceoverabeaverdamintoalakethatlookedreadytosupportitsownricebed.Thebottomwassoftandflocculentthewaterwasclearcoldandnottoodeep.AlongtheshorelineAdamandIspottedanadultmigiziperchedinatallsprucetree.Itappearedtobepatientlyurgingitsyoungsterinthenexttreetodomorethanstretchitswingswhilesecurelyclingingtoabranch.Wethoughtthattheeagleswereagoodsignforasuccessfulseedingeffort.Justbeingtherethatdaydoingwhatweweredoingseemedtobeagift.Itisalsosaidwegivebackasweharvestrice.Thepersonwhopolesguidesthecanoeandtheknockerperhapsabettertitlewouldbecoaxerbendstheripenedheadsovertheopenboat.Inevitablythosetotallyripenedgrainstheonesyoumostcovetspringbackwardsofftheplantandgentlyfallintothewatertowaitoutthewinterinthesedimentstofuelanothercycleofabundancethefollowingspring.Reciprocity.Thericebenefitstheharvestertheharvesterbenefitstherice.Andnowanotherricingseasonhascometoaconclusion.Likeothersinthenorthmyfamilywasabletoreplenishourmanoominsupplywithacouplericingtrips.IngeneralitseemeditwasmoreofaspottycropthisyearinnorthernWisconsinwithstormsunevenlyimpactingbedsthroughoutthegrowingseasonyetthericewaswillingtoshareallitcould.Wethinkthatthefallsurveysofricerswillshowthatthe2014harvestwasntabanneryearnorwasitabustformanoomin.Thosewhogotoutsawsomebedsexpandingfromlastyearandalsosawotherbedslookingalittlethinner.Thosesitesknownaslate-to-ripendidwellwhilehighwaterimpactedsomewatersespeciallythosewatersinthewesternpartofthestate.Butsogoesthestoryoftheannualgrassweknowandloveasmanoomin.Nomatterwhatthesurveyresultsshowitwasstillpleasanttospendtimewithfriendsaswefinishedourricetogethersharingamealeatinginshiftstoaccommo-datetheconstantattentiontheparchingrequired.Forthiswethanktheplantsforalltheygivetousandhopeweareasconsiderateinreturn.BesidestheseedingeffortmentionedaboveGLIFWCalsopurchasedgreenriceonbehalfofseveralmembertribesincludingKeweenawBayLacduFlambeauLacVieuxDesertRedCliffandStCroixaswellasfrequentseedingpartnertheUSForestService.HopefullytheseeffortswillberewardedwiththeappearanceofthedelicatefloatingleafstageplantsnextJuneandperhapsthesoundofripegraindroppingintocanoesandlakesnextSeptember.