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GLC Members Meeting 2017

More than 50 people attended this year's GLC members meeting
which was followed by Karena Schmidt's presentation
“Keweenaw Orchids: a tale of Beauty in the Balance.”


More than any other family of plants, the Orchids are among the most successful at beguiling our senses, arousing our fascination, impressing upon us the delicacy of ecological interactions.  Here on the southern fringes of the Boreal Forest, right here in the Keweenaw Peninsula, live nearly forty species of terrestrial orchids -- plants that are neither swayed by deep snows, cold bottoms nor austere availability of nutrients.  Yet their adaptability is ever threatened by a rapidly changing landscape. 


Download a pdf version of Karena's PowerPoint presentation.


Karena Schmidt, a resident of Laurium, began her ethnobotanical adventures as a youngster nibbling dandelion greens and mint leaves from her childhood backyard. For many summers she worked as a naturalist on Isle Royale and she specializes in knowledge of lichens, orchids, and ethnobotany.

How You Can Support GLC

Membership is $15 per year and runs from December 31st to December 31st.
Memberships make great gifts!

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or Land Acquisition Fund are always appreciated.

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or if you need information on how to make a memorial donation or gift in someone's honor.

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