1. EarthKeepers II and The EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: USFS Eastern Region Botanist: Cultivars needed for world food supply, but native plants help pollinators and thus humans

    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.

    Schultz said the worldwide decline in pollinators – especially bees and butterflies – is all to real.

    The reasons for the bee decline are varied but most involve human impact.

    EarthKeepers II (EK 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.

    EK II is helping plant 30 interfaith community gardens across northern Michigan and NE Wisconsin

    Native plant gardens being created by EarthKeepers II can help spread pollinators instead of invasive species.

    Organizers hope others will be inspired by the project – making its reach even further.

    EarthKeepers II website
    EarthKeepersUP.org

    Nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute
    Marquette, MI
    CedarTreeInstitute.org

    EK II social sites:
    youtube.com/EarthKeepersII
    EarthKeepersII.blogspot.com
    EarthKeepersII.wordpress.com
    facebook.com/EarthKeepersII
    vimeo.com/EarthKeepersII
    twitter.com/EarthKeeperTeam
    pinterest.com/EarthKeepersII/
    pinterest.com/EarthKeepersII/EarthKeepers-II-and-the-EPA-Great-Lakes-Restoratio/
    pinterest.com/EarthKeepersII/Great-Lakes-Restoration-Initiative
    EarthKeepers II Google youtube page
    plus.google.com/u/0/b/104404714072685272630/104404714072685272630/videos

    Cultivar - Definition from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
    merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cultivar

    Camellia photos
    camelliaexpress.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/camellia-vietnamensis-asian-moon-outstanding-landscape-camellia

    USFS Goldenrod wildflowers Plant of the Week
    Article and photos by David Taylor
    fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/solidago_altissima.shtml

    Goldenrod Solidago virgaurea by Kurt Stübe, Wikipedia
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldenrod
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Solidago_virgaurea_minuta0.jpg
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Goldenrodbee.jpg
    Goldenrod Solidago canadensis by Georg Slickers, Wikipedia
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Solidago_canadensis_20050815_248.jpg

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  2. EarthKeepers II and The EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:
    The Worldwide Bee Decline is Real and Scary; Michigan Interfaith Pollinator Gardens to Help Bees/Butterflies by Growing Native Plants While Producing Vegetables for Humans

    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 (EK 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.

    Schultz said the worldwide decline in pollinators – especially bees and butterflies – is all to real.

    The reasons for the bee decline are varied but most involve human impact.

    EK II educates 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.

    EK II is helping plant 30 interfaith community gardens across northern Michigan and NE Wisconsin

    Native plant gardens being created by EK II can help spread pollinators instead of invasive species.

    Organizers hope others will be inspired by the project – making its reach even further.

    EarthKeepers II
    EarthKeepersUP.org

    Nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute
    Marquette, MI
    CedarTreeInstitute.org

    EK II social sites:
    youtube.com/EarthKeepersII
    EarthKeepersII.blogspot.com
    EarthKeepersII.wordpress.com
    facebook.com/EarthKeepersII
    vimeo.com/EarthKeepersII
    twitter.com/EarthKeeperTeam
    pinterest.com/EarthKeepersII
    pinterest.com/EarthKeepersII/EarthKeepers-II-and-the-EPA-Great-Lakes-Restoratio
    pinterest.com/EarthKeepersII/Great-Lakes-Restoration-Initiative
    EarthKeepers II Google youtube page
    plus.google.com/u/0/b/104404714072685272630/104404714072685272630/videos

    Photos along Monte Cristo Scenic Drive/Wasatch-Cache National Forest near Ogden, Utah
    USDA USFS Ogden Ranger District 801-625-5112

    Native bumblebees pollinate the western coneflower and a Wasatch penstemon is pollinated by a Bombus bee.
    USFS photos by Teresa Prendusi
    fs.fed.us/wildflowers/regions/intermountain/MonteCristo/images/9_Rudbeckia_occidentalis_TP_lg.jpg
    fs.fed.us/wildflowers/regions/intermountain/MonteCristo/images/7_Wasatch_penstemon_and_bumblebee_TP_lg.jpg

    USFS Pollinaor Gardens, Pollinator Friendly Practices
    pollinator.org/Resources/PollinatorFriendlyPractices.pdf
    fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/friendlypractices.shtml
    fs.fed.us/wildflowers/features/panels.shtml
    nancyseiler.com/design/native-plants-pollinators
    fs.fed.us/wildflowers/features/panels/PollinatorFriendlyPractices.pdf

    What supermarkets without bees look like
    huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/15/supermarket-without-bees_n_3442938.html

    Decline of bees forces China's apple farmers to pollinate by hand
    2-10-12
    Wild bee decline in China threatens more than just its apple and pear harvests, says pollination expert Dave Goulson, biological science professor at Stirling University in the UK
    chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/5193

    Food supply threatened by pesticides that kill bees: Honey and almonds are at risk
    4-8-13
    By Talya Dagan
    naturalnews.com/039823_pesticides_honeybees_pollinators.html

    Loss of wild pollinators hurting food security
    3-14-13
    By David Gutierrez, staff writer
    naturalnews.com/039479_wind_pollinators_food_security_honeybees.html

    One-third of honeybee colonies in U.S. died last winter
    Food collapse approaches
    5-15-13
    By Ethan A. Huff
    naturalnews.com/040347_honeybees_Colony_Collapse_Disorder_pollinators.html

    One-Third of U.S. Honeybee Colonies Died Last Winter, Threatening Food Supply
    5-8-13
    By Brandon Keim
    Honeybees photo by Jennifer Copley via Flickr/metaphoricalplatypus.com
    wired.com/wiredscience/2013/05/winter-honeybee-losses

    Honey Bee Colony Losses in the U.S. during Winter 2012-2013
    Bee Informed Partnership
    Photo courtesy of Jennie Stitzinger
    beeinformed.org/2013/05/winter-loss-survey-2012-2013
    beeinformed.org/2011/11/nationwide-partnership-seeks-to-halve-honeybee-losses

    Global Collapse of Food Supplies Approaches
    30% of Bee Colonies Wiped Out Last Year
    shtfplan.com/headline-news/peak-pollination-global-collapse-of-food-supplies-approaches-as-30-of-bee-colonies-wiped-out-in-the-last-year_05162013

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