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Volume 4   April  2011

Garden brings ancient history to life 
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California: The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at 29 Palms and volunteers have planted a garden with 70 plants used by early Mojave Desert peoples. The plants were used for food, medicine and dyes. 

As the study of historical Native American culture continues, more plants will be added. Each plant will have detailed labeling.

“If one group used them, most likely other tribes used them as well,” said Nicholas Chamberlain from the Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Center. “I am still learning about their native uses.”

The garden has more than just a historical purpose. It is also designed to celebrate the true beauty of desert wildlife.

“We wanted people to see that the desert isn’t just some dirt pit,” said D’Anne Albers from the NREA. “There are beautiful plants here and they had a use. A lot of Native Americans are still using these plants.”

Marine and sailor volunteers
also lent time to the project.

“I just wanted to get out here and get involved,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class James Carnes with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. “It’s an opportunity to give something to the base community.”

The garden is funded by the National Environmental Education Foundation. It will be open to the public by Earth Day, April 22, 2011.

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