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  • 1. Minnesota Plant Press The Minnesota Native Plant Society NewsletterVolume 22 Number 1 Fall 2002 Monthly meetings New Duluth ordinance may Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 3815 East 80th St. Bloomington, MN 55425-1600 protect native plant habitats 952-854-5900 by Meredith Cornett 6:30 p.m. — Building east door opens Monday, Sept. 9, the Duluth City Council passed an ordinance 6:30 p.m. — Refreshments, officially creating the Duluth Natural Areas Program (DNAP). The information, Room A purpose of the program is to protect special natural features that make 7 – 9 p.m. —Program, society business 7:30 p.m. — Building door is locked significant contributions to the area’s biological diversity. Enrollment 9:30 p.m. — Building closes in the program will convey special protection for these areas. Duluth is known nationally for its system of natural parks and open Programs space, encompassing over 10,000 acres of forest and other natural The MNPS meets the first Thursday in areas. City staff recently revisited the status of these areas and foundOctober, November, December, February, that they are technically unprotected from development and other usesMarch, April, May and June. Check theWeb page for additional program that can be incompatible with healthy ecosystems.information. Places that may be strong candidates for the program include thoseNov. 7: “Restoring native landscapes in that contain examples of significant native plant communities, rarean urban environment,” Keith Prussing, species, important bird congregation areas, unusual geologicCedar Lake Park Association; Seed landforms, and special water features. Through the program, anyexchange. individual or organization can nominate city-owned lands and waters. Private lands may also be nominated, but only with cooperation andDec. 5: “Dutch elm disease,” Mark approval from the landowner. DNAP is a science-based land andStennes; Plant of the month: Bladdernut, water conservation program. All nominations will be accompaniedby Mike Zins. by a professionally prepared scientific analysis of what makes theFeb. 6: “Logging influence on plant place significant.diversity;” Plant of the month: Cardinal The development of DNAP has been a grassroots effort. The Natureflower, both by Alaina Berger. Conservancy of Minnesota worked closely with city staff to draftMarch 6: “Invasive species,” Plant of guidelines that reflect the value that local residents place on thethe month: Poison sumac, both by Peter conservation of natural areas. First announced by Mayor Gary Doty,Djuk; Board member election. the program has broad-based public support. Groups such as the St. Louis River Citizens Action Committee, Hawk Ridge researchers, andApril 3: To be announced. private citizens testified on the benefits of DNAP for the localMay 1: “Native Rain Gardens,” by Fred community. Not only a benefit to local biological diversity, programsRozumalski. like DNAP can contribute to ensuring quality of life and economic sustainability that come from a protected system of natural areas.June 5: Plant sale. The DNAP Ordinance became effective Oct. 8. Nominations canMNPS Web site now be made to the program by any individual or organization. Forhttp://www.stolaf.edu/depts/biology/mnps further information, visit the City’s website: www.ci.duluth.mn.us/.e-mail: MNPS@HotPOP.com city/planning/dnap/TMP3yfg6zliil.htm
  • 2. Esther McLaughlin Water hyacinths are MNPS Board ofis new president found in Wisconsin Directors A Wisconsin DNR staff member President: Esther McLaughlin, Esther McLaughlin was elected Biology Dept., Augsburg College,Minnesota Native Plant Society discovered a healthy population of water hyacinths at a wastewater Minneapolis, MN 55454; 612-330-president at the Sept. 22 board 1074; mclaugh@augsburg.edumeeting. Linda Huhn was elected treatment plant in Price County thisvice president and will serve as summer. They may have been Vice-President: Linda Huhn,program chair. Meredith Cornett was growing there for at least two years. 2553 Dupont Ave. S., Minneapolis,elected secretary; David Johnson was Waterfowl use the site, which is MN 55405; 612-374-1435 difficult to access. It is suspected thatre-elected treasurer. Secretary and Conservation the plants came in on a bird. The Committee Co-Chair: MeredithFall field trip DNR removed and disposed of the Cornett, 1520 N. 9th Ave. E.,Jason Husveth will lead a Winter plants and will monitor the site. Duluth, MN 55805; 218-728-6258;Botany Walk Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Classified ads mwc@duluth.comRefuge. Check the MNPS Web sitefor details. This is a new department in the Joel Dunnette, 4526 Co. Rd. 3 Minnesota Plant Press. Members SW, Byron, MN 55020; 507-365-Seed exchange is Nov. 7 may place one ad of up to 15 words 8091; dunnette.joel@mayo.edu Members are invited to collect in the newsletter at no cost. Include Field Trip Chair: Jason Husveth, a telephone number. Ads must bemature seeds of native plants, consistent with the mission of the Tetra Tech EMI, 11300 Rupp Dr.,package them and bring them to the society. Suite 100, Burnsville, MNmeeting. Seeds should be placed in 55337;952-736-2770, ext. 22 (W);individual envelopes, ready for Send the ad by e-mail to 651-247-0474 (C);members to pick up. Labels should gdrewry@infi.net or mail it to Gerry j.husveth@ttemi.cominclude the plant name, scientific Drewry, 24090 Northfield Blvd.,name (if known), habitat type, the Hampton, MN, 55031. Deadlines for Don Knutson, 3355 Hiawathacity or county where the seeds were ads to be received are Jan. 1, April 1, Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406; 612-gathered, and the name of the donor. July 1 and Oct. 1. We reserve the 721-6123; knuts049@tc.umn.edu right to edit ad copy. Janet Larson, 7811 W. 87th St.,Symposium topic is shrubs Bloomington, MN 55438; 952-941- For sale The 2003 symposium will be about One Gro-Lite 48" 4-shelf plant stand, 6876; janetl@supremecompanies.comnative shrubs in your landscape. $250. Dottie Lillestrand, 952-884-Janet Larson will chair the event. Douglas Mensing, 5025 Russell 7619, or lillestrand@msn.com Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55410; 952-925-3359 (W), 612-926-8637 Minnesota Native Plant Society’s purpose (H); dougm@appliedeco.com (Abbreviated from the bylaws) Conservation Committee Co- This organization is exclusively organized and operated for educational Chair: Ethan Perry, , 1520 N. 9th and scientific purposes, including the following: Ave. E., Duluth, MN 55805; 218- 728-6258; etperry@hotmail.com 1. Conservation of all native plants. Treasurer: David Johnson, 6437 2. Continuing education of all members in the plant sciences. Baker Ave. N.E., Fridley, MN 3. Education of the public regarding environmental protection of plant 55432; 763-571-6278; life. MNPS@HotPOP.com 4. Encouragement of research and publications on plants native to Listserv Coordinator: Charles Minnesota. Umbanhowar, ceumb@stolaf.edu 5. Study of legislation on Minnesota flora, vegetation and ecosystems. 6. Preservation of special plants, plant communities and scientific and Minnesota Plant Press editor: natural areas. Gerry Drewry, 24090 Northfield 7. Cooperation in programs concerned with the ecology of natural Blvd., Hampton, MN 55031; phone, resources and scenic features. 651-463-8006; fax, 651-463-7086; 8. Fellowship with all persons interested in native plants through gdrewry@infi.net meetings, lectures, workshops and field trips. Technical or membership inquiries: MNPS@HotPOP.com
  • 3. Minnesota Invasive Carroll HendersonPlant Lore Species Advisoryby Thor Kommedahl honored for CostaWhat is black-eyed Susan? Committee meets Rica field guide Black-eyed Susan, known also as by Esther McLaughlinbrown-eyed Susan and coneflower, Minnesota Department of Natural Janet Ebaugh represented MNPS atis in the sunflower family. The most the July 23 meeting of the Minnesota Resources wildlife biologist andfrequently found species of Invasive Species Advisory author Carrol Henderson was guestRudbeckia in Minnesota are Committee (MISAC). Other of honor Oct. 3 at a reception andRudbeckia hirta and R. laciniata. organizations represented on the book signing hosted by the Costa committee include the Minnesota Rican Embassy in Washington, D.C.How did it get its names? Linnaeus named this species for his Department of Agriculture, the DNR, Henderson’s newest book, Fieldmentor, Professor Olof O. Rudbeck The Nature Conservancy, and Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica,and for his son, J.Olof Rudbeck, both, APHIS. A variety of topics were has just been published by theof whom taught at Uppsala, Sweden. discussed, including: University of Texas Press. The 539-The name coneflower comes from • Criteria to be developed for page book includes informationthe conical shape of the inflorescence ranking species by their level of risk about the country’s major habitats,center. or noxiousness, and additions to the details about some of the best tourism list of affected parties, such asWhat about “black-eyed Susan?” destinations, and accounts of nearly industry and urban landscapes, in Perhaps it came from the ballad that 300 species of birds, mammals, addition to agriculture andJohn Gay wrote in 1720 called reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, and horticulture;“Sweet William’s Farewell to Black- moths that travelers may encounterey’d Susan,” which begins: All in the • The need for a centralized in Costa Rica. The book containsDowns the fleet was moor’d,/The database to record and track more than 430 color photos taken bystreamers waving in the wind,/When information on invasive species; Henderson.black-ey’d Susan came aboard./ “Oh! • Revisions of the statutes referringwhere shall I my true love find!/ Tell to agricultural pests, especially as Henderson is best known inme, ye jovial sailors, tell me true,/If related to invasive species; Minnesota for his nongame wildlifemy sweet William sails among the conservation work with thecrew.” • An update on a new pest, the Minnesota DNR and for the five emerald ash borer, on ash trees,Where does this plant grow? books he has authored or co-authored recently recognized in Michigan but Most native rudbeckias grow in dry not previously on anyone’s pest list; for the DNR. This is the first bookareas or prairies throughout the state, and that Henderson has written on hisbut R. laciniata can be found in wet own time. It is based on informationditches at the edges of swamps. • Formation of a new Education and photos he collected in Costa Rica and Outreach subcommittee of since he did his graduate studies thereWhat do the plants look like? MISAC. R. hirta can be an annual, biennial, in 1969 and while leading 17 annual I plan to attend the October birding and wildlife tours there sinceor short-lived perennial; whereas R. meeting of MISAC, and will reportlaciniata is a perennial. Often a any noteworthy items from that 1987. The birding tours, whichrosette forms in the fall. Its one- to meeting in the next Minnesota Plant feature Henderson and his Costatwo-foot-tall stems are finely Rican wife Ethelle as the trip leaders, Press. are coordinated by Preferredgrooved, probably to add strength(fluted stems are stronger than plain sheep. Some humans are sensitive to Adventures in St. Paul.ones). The composite flower has a touching plants. The American Henderson will donate a portion ofcenter that is dark purple-brown Indian used R. laciniata as aexcept for the bright yellow pollen. treatment for indigestion and burns. the book royalties to Costa RicanThe yellow ray flowers are sterile. conservation projects. Proceeds from Are they good garden plants? the book signing in Washington,Are the plants edible, toxic, or Yes, there are many varieties that D.C., will go to the Costa Rica-medicinal? are cultivated in gardens, but if not Minnesota Foundation. The book is No, they are not edible. Poisoning kept under control, they can become available for $39.95, plus shippinghas been reported in cattle, hogs, and weeds. and tax, at all major booksellers.
  • 4. Minnesota Native Plant Society NON-PROFIT ORG.University of Minnesota U.S. POSTAGE220 Biological Sciences Center PAIDSt. Paul, MN 55108 Minneapolis, MN Permit No. 2233Fall 2002 Issue