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Abenaki Medicinal Plants

by Marjorie Veilleux The Ndakinna, or ancestral territory of the W8ban Aki First Nation (also spelled Abenaki) encompasses New England up to the St. Lawrence River in southern Canada. A few communities remain in the Northeast of the United States as well as two communities in the province of Quebec, Odanak, and W8linak. Historically, this nation is one of the first in Canada to trade and ally with European newcomers. The preservation of their culture ...
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Neem: AzAdirachta Indica a. Juss – The Tree of the 21st Century

By Klaus Ferlow, HMH, HA Human ingenuity has created wondrous developments from fires to evolving an extraordinary complex social structure, splitting atoms, reaching for the moon, mapping the human genome, evolving the most complex repertoire of communication connecting the world, creating a “dangerous” radiation wireless world! Man has taken apart and put together everything he could lay his hands upon or think about it. An extraordinary range of creativity has enriched our lives. Some of ...
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Cottonwood Forest Communiqué

By Dara Saville Cottonwoods, Northern NM, Dara Saville Forests communicate in myriad ways—through root connectivity, chemical signaling, or networks of mycelium. They also communicate with people through the examples they provide living their lives every day. Upon sustained and attentive observation, we can learn a lot about individual species, ecosystem functions, and how we might embody the wisdom of the natural world and apply it in our work or personal lives. The cottonwood (Populus deltoides ...
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Restoring the Midwest Oak Savanna Ecosystem

Restoring the Midwest Oak Savanna Ecosystem

Utilizing sustainable forest herb farming to save a disappearing Iowa biome By Wendy M. Welder Abstract The Midwest oak savanna is a rare ecosystem disappearing rapidly from North America. Once covering millions of acres, the long ribbon of oak trees running from Mississippi to Canada is disappearing due to deforestation, overgrazing and wildfire suppression. The Midwest oak savanna is a transition point between mountains and plains and named for the predominantly occurring tree, the oak ...
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The Sun, Flutes, and Angelica

By Abrah Arneson Let the beauty we love be what we do. – Rumi The sun’s warmth is generous. It is full of hope. The sun beckons us to emerge from shadows and bloom. The sun inspires the best in us. Northern people know this. On the first warm spring day, Northerners come out of their houses, turn their faces towards the sun, and smile. In the north the sun is a goddess—gentle, loving, and ...
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Distinguishing Black Cohosh from Look-Alikes

by Karen Johnson Heeter 1, Laura Price 2, and Sunshine Brosi, PhD 3, 1 Graduate Student, 2 Undergraduate Student, 3 Associate Professor Ethnobotany Program, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland, USA Figure 1. Leaves of black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) on the left and two look-alike species, mountain bugbane (Actaea podocarpa) (middle) and doll’s eye (Actaea pachypoda) (right) for comparison. A. racemosa: Leaflets do not overlap each other and terminal leaf sinus is approximately ½ the length ...
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North American Pawpaw Flower & Fruit by Katherine Ziff

Flower Essences: Inspiring Plant Conservation

By Katherine Ziff Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world – John Muir Where I grow plant spirits may safely play – Asimina triloba North American Pawpaw Flower & Fruit by Katherine Ziff What inspires care for Earth’s medicinal plants? How can we encourage a relational connection with nature that might lead to plant conservation? The plants themselves offer this to us in the form of flower essences. I learned this ...
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