EarthKeepers II is an Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community Garden Initiative to Restore Native Plants and Protect the Great Lakes from Toxins like Airborne Mercury - across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and northeast Wisconsin - in cooperation with the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, U.S. Forest Service, 10 faith traditions and Native American tribes like the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.
EarthKeepers II and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative are battling non-native invasive species that ruin ecosystems and hurt pollinators like bees and butterflies.
The EarthKeepers II Technical Advisor for Community Gardens is Jan Schultz, head botanist at the USFS Eastern Region (R-9) Office in Milwaukee, WI.
Schultz is sharing her expertise about pollinators, native plants, invasive species, cultivars and other issues related to a healthy ecosystem.
Americans need to rethink their war on dandelions and other native plants - like wildflowers - as they search for the so-called "perfect lawn" - that is not pollinator friendly, Schultz says.
EarthKeepers II is educating the public about the detrimental effects of non-native plants and reducing airborne mercury through energy conservation audits at 40 churches/temples – and teaching congregations how they can save energy in their homes.
EarthKeepers II is helping plant 30 interfaith community gardens across northern Michigan and NE Wisconsin
The Solution Instead of Spreading Invasives: EarthKeepers II and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
The native plant gardens being created at churches/temples in northern Michigan and NE Wisconsin can help spread pollinators instead of invasive species.
Organizers hope others will be inspired by the project – making its reach even further.
Official EarthKeepers II website
Nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute in Marquette, MI
EarthKeepers II social sites:
google youtube page for EKII:
War on Dandelion Articles used in story:
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Great Lakes Restoration Initative
Forecasting Potential Phragmites Coastal Invasion Corridors
An Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community Garden Initiative across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
A Cedar Tree Institute Video Production:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA Great Lakes National Program Office
EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
Jan Schultz, Botanist
USFS Eastern Region (R-9) Office
EarthKeepers II Technical Advisor for Community Gardens
Nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute
Rev. Jon Magnuson, Executive Director
EarthKeepers II Project Director
Delta Green, a nonprofit corporation
Doug Russell, Executive Director
EarthKeepers II Energy Conservation Consultant
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC)
KBIC Natural Resources Department
KBIC Solar-Powered Green House
Borealis Seed Company
Judy Keast, Suzanne Rabitaille
Big Bay, Michigan
NMU EarthKeepers II Student Team:
10 Faith Communities:
Beautiful pollinator and nature photos in videos by Nancy Parker Hill
Kyra Fillmore Ziomkowski
EarthKeepers II Project Coordinator
Rev. Charlie West
EarthKeepers II Religious Communications
EarthKeepers II Webmaster
Owner & Creative Director of Middle Ear Media
Videography, Editor, Producer, and Project Volunteer Media Advisor:
EarthKeepers II thanks everyone named and unnamed for their loving help with this project