Useful Websites

-Natural Area Preservation (NAP)
Natural Area Preservation (NAP) works to protect and restore Ann Arbor?s natural areas and to foster an environmental ethic among its citizens. This involves conducting plant and animal inventories, ecological monitoring, and stewardship projects in Ann Arbor parks. These tasks are performed by both staff and volunteers.

-The Stewardship Network (TSN)
The Stewardship Network connects, equips and mobilizes people and organizations to care for land and water in their communities.

-Wildflower Association of Michigan (WAM)
By increasing awareness and knowledge, The Wildflower Association of Michigan encourages the preservation and restoration of Michigan’s native plants and native plant communities.

-Midwest Invasive Plant Network
Puzzled about the identity of that new plant? Find out if it is an exotic invasive and learn how to deal with it. Participate in the early detection rapid response program.

-Washtenaw County Conservation District
This is a local agency of the state government that assists Washtenaw County landowners and residents with the conservation and management of their natural resources. Also the source of the spring tree and native plant sale and rain barrels. Get carried away with the order form and you, too, can walk out with a bag containing 250 trees and shrubs (bareroot from the Holland, MI area).

-Washtenaw County Rain Garden Program
Intercept water runoff by planting a rain garden which will also provide pollinator habitat with shrubs and plants which will also bring you joy.

-USDA-NRCS: Natural Resources Conservation Service
This encyclopedic website is worth curling up with on a rainy day.

-Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Although this covers a range of plants outside our area, it has a wonderful search tool for discovering the identity of plants. This website and the gardens in Austin, Texas, are a wonderful legacy of the former first Lady.

-Tree Identification using a Tree Leaf Key
Quick and Easy Way to Identify 50 Common North American Trees

Excellent close-up photos of tree leaves, flowers, and fruits. Originally covering the trees of Northeast US, it will soon grow to include trees of the entire continental US. (Downloadable app available for mobile phones.)

-Erosion Control Products