See photos from Ann Arbor’s 2nd-annual psychedelic shroom fest
ANN ARBOR, MI — It was a festive afternoon on the University of Michigan Diag on Sunday, Sept. 18. People came from near and far — some in shroom-themed attire — for Ann Arbor’s second-annual Entheofest, a celebration of entheogenic plants and fungi such as psychedelic mushrooms. The university-permitted festival included speeches, music, educational booths and opportunities to create art. It celebrated the two-year anniversary of Ann Arbor’s move to declare entheogens the city’s lowest law-enforcement priority, and activists now hope to decriminalize them across Michigan. The scene at Ann Arbor's second-annual Entheofest to celebrate entheogenic plants and fungi, including psychedelic mushrooms, on the University of Michigan's Central Campus Diag on Sept. 18, 2022.mlive.com
Decriminalizing psychedelics in Michigan is rally cry at Ann Arbor Entheofest
ANN ARBOR, MI — Washtenaw County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Burton-Harris scanned the audience at Ann Arbor’s Entheofest before giving her speech Sunday. The scene at Ann Arbor's second-annual Entheofest to celebrate entheogenic plants and fungi, including psychedelic mushrooms, on the University of Michigan's Central Campus Diag on Sept. 18, 2022. Similar to Ann Arbor’s policy adopted by City Council, the Washtenaw County prosecutor’s office is against criminally charging people for such substances. Ann Arbor activist Chuck Ream said he wants freedom for individual use without government in the way. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Ann Arbor weighs historic status for home of Black couple who broke racial barriersMichigan Court of Appeals vacates cleanup order in Ann Arbor pollution caseHow Ann Arbor project got $20M earmark still a mystery to local lawmakersAnn Arbor road project delayed after bids come in 193% higher than expected8-story development called Southtown proposed on Ann Arbor’s State Streetmlive.com
List: Endangered or threatened species in Michigan
(Rolf Peterson/Michigan Technological University via AP)A look at Michigan’s endangered or threatened species. The Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act) describes two categories of declining species of plants and animals that need the Act’s protections – endangered species and threatened species – and provides these definitions:Endangered - any species that is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range;Threatened - any species that is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range. Endangered species are at the brink of extinction now. Threatened species are likely to be at the brink in the near future. Related stories:
Ann Arbor’s Volunteer Burn Crew training begins this week
ANN ARBOR – It’s nearing the end of February, and you know what that means in Ann Arbor: controlled burn spring season. The volunteer program with the city’s Natural Area Preservation will kick off virtual training on Thursday, Feb. 18 from noon to 5 p.m. The Spring 2021 Controlled Ecological Burn season begins on Friday, Feb. 19 and ends on Friday, May 29. During the Spring 2021 Controlled Burn Season, NAP has permits to conduct burns in the following locations: Arbor Hills Nature Area, Argo Nature Area, Berkshire Creek Nature Area, Bird Hills Nature Area, Black Pond Woods Nature Area, Botsford Nature Area, Buhr Park, Buttonbush Nature Area, Cedar Bend Nature Area, Earhart Nature Area, Gallup Park, Huron Parkway Nature Area, Kuebler Langford Nature Area, Leslie Woods Nature Area, Marshall Nature Area, Maryfield Wildwood Park, Miller Nature Area, Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area, Stapp Nature Area, Sunset Brooks Nature Area, Swift Run Park, and the NAP office at 3875 E. Huron River Drive. The local fire department is notified before each burn, and cell phones and two-way radios are carried by staff conducting a burn.
U-M’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens offering virtual field trips
ANN ARBOR – Who remembers field trips? Luckily, University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens staff are organizing virtual field trips for classrooms and groups. Virtual field trips are offered Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Here are the topics and recommended grade levels, according to its website:Roots and Shoots : Explore plants and their needs. For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact Youth Education Coordinator Liz Glynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
U-M botanical garden’s greenhouse plant sale happening now in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR – Air plants, succulents, cacti, oh my! The University of Michigan’s Matthaei-Nichols 2020 Greenhouse Sale has kicked off with a large selection of houseplant varieties. Once purchases are made, you can select a time to stop by the Matthaei Visitor Center for a contactless pick up. See the full online sale here. For more information about the gardens and upcoming events, visit www.mbgna.umich.edu.
Plant boutique debuts with two-day pop up in Ferndale this weekend
FERNDALE, Mich. – If you’ve jumped on the plant bandwagon during the coronavirus pandemic, this is the pop up for you. Soil & Trouble, a customizable plant boutique, will make its debut this weekend in Ferndale with a two-day pop up event at Ace High. It will be the first series of pop-ups for the business, which aims at helping you become a better plant parent. The boutique will also feature locals including Ace High Co. grooming products and art scattered amongst the plants by Sarah Alcodray. House plants need love and affection from those who have a lot to give.”To do this, customers had to craft their own perfect plant and learn to sustain it, she says.
Ann Arbor decriminalizes magic mushrooms, psychedelic plants
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The city of Ann Arbor has decriminalized psychedelic plants and fungi, including magic mushrooms, and police officers will no longer make them an enforcement focus. City Council voted unanimously Sept. 21 in favor of a resolution declaring it the city’s lowest law enforcement priority, MLive.com reported. It means that authorities won’t investigate and arrest anyone for planting, cultivating, buying, transporting, distributing, engaging in practices with or possessing “entheogenic plants” or plant compounds. A grassroots group called Decriminalize Nature Ann Arbor, or DNA2, has been lobbying city officials to take up the issue. READ MORE: Ann Arbor News
Invasive European frog-bit plant found in 4 Michigan lakes
Michigan environmental officials announced they have recently confirmed the presence of an invasive aquatic plant in at least four lakes. European frog-bit was first detected in southeast Michigan in 1996 and has since spread along the coastal areas of lakes Erie and Huron up to the eastern Upper Peninsula. Aquatic invasive species have the potential to harm Michigans environment, economy and human health. While waterfowl, currents and stream flow can spread the plant and its seeds, European frog-bit, like most invasive species, travels farther and faster by human movement. Reports also can be made to EGLEs Aquatic Invasive Species Program by email to EGLE-WRD-ANC@michigan.gov or by calling 517-284-5593.
Working on my green thumb
It's funny how during this time I've picked up one of the hobbies I never could imagine was an option for me. Not to say that I've "mastered" this hobby, not even close - but that's the goal. If you’re unfamiliar with my background, I’ve successfully killed succulents, Jade Trees and cacti. But that’s all behind me now... what I lack in natural ability I will make up for with effort and education. With the help of advice from good friends and YouTube University, I will make it to be my goal of having a mini jungle in my apartment.
New website helps identify woody invasive plants in Michigan
A new website can help you identify potentially invasive plants in your backyard in Michigan. Across the eight Great Lakes states and Ontario, 28 woody plant species are regulated as invasive by at least one jurisdiction. Multiflora rose, black locust, Tatarian honeysuckle and glossy buckthorn are just some of the woody invasive species found in Michigan. Now these plants pose a serious threat to natural areas in the Great Lakes region, outcompeting native plants and damaging wildlife habitat. The Woody Invasives of the Great Lakes Collaborative is one of several regional invasive species initiatives supported by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
GM says it is reopening two of its Mexican plants Friday
MEXICO CITY General Motors announced Thursday that it is gradually restarting operations at engine and transmission plants at two of its four manufacturing complexes in Mexico. The Mexican government had said that auto companies could start preparatory work for reopening their operations May 18, but that a full re-opening wouldnt occur until June 1. U.S. officials have pressured Mexico to allow factories to resume operations after shutdowns to stem the spread of the coronavirus. They argue that the integrated supply and production chains throughout the three nations of North America make plants in all three countries dependent on each other. GM, whose Mexican plants have been shuttered for almost two months, said it is complying with all the government requirements.
New safety precautions in place as The Big Three reopen plants today
WARREN, Mich. After nearly two months, the Big Three will restart production Monday and thousands of line workers will be back on the job. It wont be business as usual -- GM, Ford and FCA have implemented new safety procedures to limit the possibility of COVID-19 exposure. READ: President Trump to visit Ford plant in Ypsilanti ThursdayExtensive safety protocols are being used at every plant. The UAW will continue to do everything we can to protect the health and safety of all members as plants reopen. We will continue to be vigilant in protecting the health and safety of our members, their families and their communities.
Big 3 restart production today in Michigan with new safety measures
DEARBORN, Mich. After nearly two months, the Big Three will restart production Monday and thousands of line workers will be back on the job. It wont be business as usual -- GM, Ford and FCA have implemented new safety procedures to limit the possibility of COVID-19 exposure. The Big Three of the automotive industry will cautiously restart production Monday. The UAW will continue to do everything we can to protect the health and safety of all members as plants reopen. We will continue to be vigilant in protecting the health and safety of our members, their families and their communities.
Metro Detroit autoworkers return to work Monday with safety measures in place
Safety measures will be in place including social distancing practices, frequent disinfections and heath screenings. The Big Three have all been preparing for the restart of factories by testing safety protocols in the plants that have remained in operation to produce personal protection equipment and ventilators. Inside the General Motors Warren Transmission plant United Auto Workers and GM volunteers churned out face masks for hospitals all over the state. Where our coronavirus safety protocols have been in place we have not seen a confirmed case of community spread in our facilities, said General Motors CEO, Mary Barra. Workers will also work from opposite ends of a vehicle instead of being inches apart to stay socially distant.
How to identify the most common trees in Michigan
Sugar maples have dark gray bark with furrowed ridges, not as easily identifiable compared to other Michigan tree species. More on Sugar maples here from the Michigan DNRBeechIn southern Michigan, American beech trees grow in beech-maple forests. It is an ashy gray color and, compared to some Michigan species, is easier to identify due to its blocky bark. When comparing the white oak leaf to the red oak, it is easy to tell the difference because the red oak has pointed leaf tips. Jack pine needles are much shorter than red pine needles at a length of to 2 long.