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Fresh Coasts: Where Food Grows Wild on the Water

May 26, 2021

Jennifer Ballinger, Brandon Krumwiede and Heather Stirratt, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management in Chanhassen, MN

Wild rice or manoomin is a Great Lakes aquatic plant that makes our coasts special. Wild rice is a keystone species, both for the ecosystems of the Great Lakes and the people who call this place home. Join NOAA’s Office of Coastal Management as we talk about how we help restore and protect the coastal wetlands where wild rice grows, the importance of wild rice to Great Lakes tribal nations, airborne data collection, and career paths to working with wild rice and Great Lakes.

Resources to access at home:

» NOAA article: Spotlight on People and Pollution: Wild rice, pollution, and space for traditions to grow
» NOAA article: Sea Grant and partners work together to restore culturally important wild rice
» NOAA article: Restoring and Monitoring Lake Superior Coastal Wetland Manoomin
» NOAA 1-minute video on coastal management (it was used in the webinar)
» PBS Wisconsin Education video: This ~4-minute video follows Fred Ackley Jr. from the Sokaogon Chippewa Community of Mole Lake as he harvests and processes manoomin, or wild rice.