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Harvesting wild rice by canoe, Minnesota.  Some rights reserved by esagor

The good grain

Restoring wild rice in the North

Ahead of me, stumbling down an embankment, a 16-year-old boy drags a 50-pound bag of recently harvested rice seed toward the river bank. He’s a volunteer and part of a wild rice restoration project organized by the local county juvenile court, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. Our aim is to plant 2,100 pounds of wild rice seed (zizania palustris) at seven different sites across two rural counties in northern Michigan.


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