Students Help with Wild Rice Restoration

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Thirty–one fifth graders from Lake Superior Elementary spread 600 pounds of wild rice in the St. Louis River Estuary.

They ventured out on canoes, flinging rice on sections of the Allouez Bay where wild rice has reduced significantly.

“Wild rice is a huge part of the eco system,” Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve education coordinator Deanna Erickson said. “Its food for everything. Fish, birds, people and shelter.”

The rice will sink to the bottom, hang out over winter and come to the surface in June.

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