Wildflower Walks Planned

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Date: May 1, 2014
Contact: Andrea Chynoweth, 906-387-2602
Contact: Deb LeBlanc, 906-387-2612, ext. 20

White trillium. Photo courtesy of Deb LeBlanc.
White trillium

Photo courtesy of Deb LeBlanc

(Munising, MICH.)  "Celebrating Wildflowers" week is May 18 through 24. To mark this occasion, botanists on the Hiawatha National Forest and interpreters from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore will lead wildflower walks along Miners Castle Road.

Saturday Wildflower Walks
Deb LeBlanc, Hiawatha National Forest botanist, will lead wildflower walks on Saturday, May 24, and Saturday, May 31. Participants will meet at 1 p.m. at the Hiawatha National Forest-Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore interagency visitor center. The visitor center is located at 400 East Munising Avenue in Munising. There will be a short overview of the native plant program prior to driving to Miners Castle Road.

The group will stop frequently along Miners Castle Road and take short, easy walks into each wildflower viewing spot. The northern hardwood forest along Miners Castle Road provides one of the most diverse mix of spring wildflowers found in the Central Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Subjects discussed during this 2 to 2-1/2 hour walk include easy identification tips for area spring wildflowers, unique plant characteristics, the northern hardwood forest ecology including the importance of vernal ponds, and tip-up mound topography. Techniques for photographing wildflowers will also be discussed.

Sunday Wildflower Walks
Andrea Chynoweth, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore interpreter, will lead wildflower walks on Sunday, May 25, and Sunday, June 1. Participants will meet at 1 p.m. at the Miners Castle Information Station at the end of Miners Castle Road in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. This hour-long leisurely stroll will include wildflower identification, northern hardwood forest ecology, and the impact of invasive species.

Comfortable walking shoes recommended for all walks. Be prepared for bugs.  Please bring water and your camera.

Celebrating Wildflowers is a National program created by USDA-Forest Service and USDI-Bureau of Land Management in response to public interest in the conservation and management of native plants. Celebrating wildflowers brings awareness to the role our public lands play as a reservoir for much of America's native plant diversity.

For more information please the interagency visitor center in Munising at 387-3700.

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