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33 years of community lead grasslands restoration in NW Cook County, IL

By the Poplar Creek Prairie Stewards This is the fourth of four introductions to our upcoming field trips for our GRN workshop August 16 and 17. Registration for this year’s GRN closes on 7/31, make sure to get your spot … Continue reading

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Restoring grassland birds and healthy prairie at Galloping Hill

By Becky Collings, Karen Glennemeier, Justin Pepper, and Daniel Suarez At the upcoming GRN meeting in Barrington, IL, we will visit a number of local restoration sites, including Galloping Hill in NW Cook County.The focus of this field tour will … Continue reading

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Monitoring vegetation with GIS Field Maps

By Bill Kleiman Arc GIS Field Maps, known previously as Collector, is a powerful phone app. The app is free, but you do need a GIS online program to run it, which typically means you need your employer to support … Continue reading

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Grassy Lake GRN workshop field trip

by Kelly Schultz, Stewardship Ecologist, Lake County Forest Preserves This post is an introduction of one of four hikes we have for our upcoming GRN workshop. This 700-acre preserve is home to a high quality sedge meadow, prairie, and mesic … Continue reading

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Warrior Sedge Wetland Restoration by Citizens for Conservation at Flint Creek Savanna

By Kevin Scheiwiller Goals of Project: Find a technique that can be used to sustainably rebuild streamside marsh, sedge meadow, and seeps in areas formerly dominated by wetland invasives through small trial areas (<1 acre) If trial plots appear effective, … Continue reading

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2022 GRN Workshop

Here is the registration link: https://citizensforconservation.app.neoncrm.com/eventReg.jsp?event=102&amp; Agenda: Tuesday August 16th  8AM – 9AM: Networking and Coffee 9AM- 9:30AM: Introduction and Overview of Barrington Greenway Initiative and the GRN workshop 10AM – 12PM: First Tour Rotation: Four concurrent tours (We will … Continue reading

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Invasive Reed canary grass control

By Bill Kleiman As described in Plants of the Chicago Region, “Phalaris arundinacea, reed canary grass, is introduced from Eurasia. This grass is planted by farmers for pasture and erosion control. It is very common in marshes and other moist … Continue reading

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Can We Create a Copse of  Low Juneberry for a Remnant Restoration?

By Bernie Buchholz A thriving copse of low juneberry is an attractive feature on several remnant knobs at Nachusa Grasslands. These dense clusters of identical plants offer a strong visual contrast to the lovely chaos of diverse prairie surrounding them.   … Continue reading

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Tom Mitchell inducted into the hall of fame

By Bill Kleiman Tom Mitchell is famous. We all have fame within various sized communities in which we live. Tom is certainly known in Monroe Wisconsin as he was the captain of his high school basketball team when they won … Continue reading

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A new illustrated handbook for ecological restoration

A book review by Daniel Suarez A Healthy Nature Handbook. Illustrated insights for Ecological Restoration from Volunteer Stewards of Chicago Wilderness. Edited by Justin Pepper and Don Parker. Available at Island Press https://islandpress.org/books/healthy-nature-handbook and here is a 20% coupon code … Continue reading

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