Tallgrass Restoration
A Tallgrass Legacy
Spring is Here! 
April, 2009 - Vol 1, Issue 2
In This Issue
Elgin High School and Tallgrass
The Phenology of Restoration
The Plant Corner
Tallgrass Farm Open House
Partners in Conservation
Tallgrass Announcements
Conferences and Workshops
Tallgrass Contact Information
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Welcome to the Spring 2009 issue of "A Tallgrass Legacy"! 
 
We at Tallgrass Restoration are pleased to bring you the latest issue of our newsletter. We hope you find it interesting and informative. Please feel free to forward this newsletter to a friend or colleague who can join our mailing list to receive future issues. We look forward to serving your ecological needs.
 
As always, our mission: To restore the health, integrity, and beauty of our clients' land and water resources.
A Day of Service: Elgin High School and Tallgrass Restoration
In this time of America's children suffering from nature deficit disorder, Elgin High School's environmental science team, Deb Perryman, Brigid Trimble, and Barbara Roth, ensure that no child is left inside. They are outside in their 45-acre nature area of oak woodland, stream corridor, and a rare fen community collecting water quality data, removing invasive species, and teaching younger students the importance of caring for nature.

On February 13, 2009, Tallgrass Restoration and the EHS environmental science team and students spent the day clearing invasive species in their outdoor classroom. The volunteer workday had Tallgrass staff, restoration technicians, project managers, and administrative staff, working along side the kids removing buckthorn, honeysuckle, and other invasives from the oak woodland that runs along Poplar Creek.  The woody vegetation was then dragged into brush piles and burned. Before coming outside, the students had a quick botany lesson from Mark Micek, Tallgrass Project Ecologist, on woodland plants that are found in their outdoor classroom.
 
EHS1 
Photo by Linda Yunker, Tallgrass Restoration

It was a beautiful winter day, sunny with low winds. Once foreman Willie Bridgeman got going with the chainsaw, the piles of brush really built up. Willie and Clayton Wooldridge worked to clear out the area around an old oak and provided the students with lots of work. At the beginning of the day, Tallgrass staff was a little worried about working with 150 students. Where do we get started? What type of work should the students do (or not do!)? How to assign the work? Would they dress appropriately? Would they get hurt? But it turned out great. The foreman even stated that this was the way to speed up clearing work: get an army of kids to do the dragging! All in all, Tallgrass and EHS student cleared an acre of oak woodlands, created new friendships, and had a lot of fun.               
 
EHS2
Photo by Doug DeWitt, Tallgrass Restoration

EHS believes in service learning and outdoor education, yet in these uncertain economic times, EHS is struggling to trim their commitment to its service learning programs. If you are interested in learning more about what these amazing women do everyday in their classrooms, you can contact them at Elgin High School or via email at:
 
 
 
EHS3
Photo by Doug DeWitt, Tallgrass Restoration


The Phenology of Restoration
By Linda Yunker

Phenology is a segment of ecology focusing on the study of periodic plant and animal-life cycle events that are influenced by climate and seasonal change in the environment. Phenological events have been recorded since 1936 by Aldo Leopold at the Leopold family farm and shack. 
 
Quotes from: A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There by Aldo Leopold. 
 
April Bur Oak: "When school children vote on a state bird, flower, or tree, they are not making a decision; they are merely ratifying history. Thus history made bur oak the characteristic tree of southern Wisconsin when the prairie grasses first gained possession of the region. Bur oak is the only tree that can stand up to a prairie fire and live."
 
It is April now and the feel and smell of springtime is in the air. The crews continue to herbicide the cool season invasives including garlic mustard and reed canary grass. For garlic mustard, they will start hand pulling and mowing it from late April into May. Clearing work is being completed using chainsaws to remove buckthorn and honeysuckle, as the Bobcat's equipment is too heavily built for the thawing lands.
 
During this past winter season and into the spring, native seed was being installed in the prairies and woodlands. The crews are preparing for the installation of coir logs for erosion control along streams, creeks, and detention ponds. Materials are being ordered and heading out the door and into the ground to be readied for the native plants. This will help keep the shoreline soils in place and reduce erosion, and thereby create habitat and beauty.
 
April is prime time for the prescribed burn season. There is a very small window of time for prescribed burns. We have to wait until the ground is not too wet and finish before the earth gets too green. Permits and plans are in place, fire departments are called, and notification letters are distributed to those who live adjacent to the burn site. The managers have determined how many crew members for each burn will be needed, equipment is ordered, and every other conversation has to do with the weather. How wet will it be, which way is the wind blowing, and how conducive is the weather to burning the site?
 
Fire
Photo by Jordan Rowe, Tallgrass Restoration
 
All through the month of April, just about everyone at Tallgrass will be out burning. Administrative, management, operations, and ground crews are ready to suit up on a moment's notice to help burn. As a Tallgrass employee, if you would like to be part of this, you are given the opportunity to attend the training needed for knowledge and safety of prescribed burns. The crews and managers work long days and weekends in order to provide this service to our clients within this small window of time. They do, however, absolutely love it. You can see and feel the excitement. They are like little kids jumping up and down, impatient to get started, and completely and totally exhausted after the long day of hard, yet satisfying work.
 
Our sales and communication manager is still on the marketing circuit, taking the marketing booth and materials to a round of workshops, seminars, and trade shows in both Illinois and Wisconsin. Materials are handed out, contacts are made, and prizes are given away. When they get back to the office, names go on database lists and follow-up calls are initiated. The sales teams then move on to the next show and evaluate what materials will be needed and prepared. Each place we go is unique and requires that extra effort to be relevant to the attendees.
 
The seasonal hiring begins as staffing needs and training are determined for the busy spring and summer seasons. Operations is gearing up for a very busy season getting the equipment repaired, safety inspections done, and providing the training of new employees in truck and trailer safety, plant identification, and on the new herbicide corral that they created this past winter. The new storage area and procedures will allow Tallgrass to increase its safety mechanisms, as well as reducing waste and costs for this part of our program.
 
There are several families of deer in our lot out back. They are running and foraging in the open space between Tallgrass and the Motorola campus. You can sit in the back on the picnic bench and talk to clients and colleagues, or even proofread, but mostly it inspires me to write. There is an ancient Native American proverb that states: "Treat the earth well, it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children." I remember this proverb while watching our deer run and play through the tall grasses.
 
The front yard prairie is beginning to turn green, and the migrating birds are returning.  Staff has seen redwing blackbirds, robins, chipping sparrows and goldfinches that use the prairie for food. The trees are budding and the hibernating urban animals are starting to emerge. Squirrels, chipmunks, and a raccoon or two are showing up and foraging for food. The front yard prairie has a new sign going up, Conservation @ Home from the Conservation Foundation. This program recognizes our property for its environmentally-friendly landscape. We will add this to the front yard prairie's honors of being a Monarch Way Station (www.monarchwatch.org), a Certified Bird and Butterfly Sanctuary from the Illinois Audubon Society (www.ilaudubon.org), and a Certified Wildlife Habitat from the National Wildlife Federation (www.nwf.org). We will start seeing the butterflies and hummingbirds soon. In years past, we have seen monarchs, tiger swallowtails, and painted ladies. 
 
Panted
A Painted Lady, photo by Mark Micek, Tallgrass Restoration
 
There are also signs of spring at our Wisconsin office. The first calls of the sandhill cranes were heard, and red-winged blackbirds have arrived to claim nest sites. Frogs are starting to emerge and call. The bluebird and wood duck boxes were recently cleaned and are ready for birds to claim them. We are expecting the purple martins to return soon, and once they are spotted, we will open up their houses. Opening the houses too soon will attract unwanted guests such as the house sparrow or European starling. We are eagerly waiting with binoculars in hand for other grassland birds, particularly the meadowlark.
 
Crane
Photo by Jordan Rowe, Tallgrass Restoration
 
May Back from the Argentine: "When dandelions have set the mark in May on Wisconsin pastures, it is time to listen for the final proof of spring. Sit down on a tussock, cock your ears at the sky, dial out the bedlam of meadowlarks and redwings, and soon you may hear it: the flight-song of the upland plover, just now back from Argentine."
 
May sees the end of the cool season invasive weed control projects. The crews continue with planting of trees, shrubs, and native seed. The hand pulling and mowing of garlic mustard will continue through the month before the plant goes to seed.  It is getting too green to continue burning, so equipment and personal protective equipment are switched into installation mode. The crews clean up from the burn season by burning brushpiles and sowing native seed in scarred areas. There is also an increase in streambank erosion control installations at this time of the year. 
 
Shore 
Photo by Tallgrass Restoration staff
 
Although a busy and hardworking time of year, May brings in the season for the installation of live herbaceous plants. Now comes the all out push to get the plants and seed in the ground before the summer heat and lack of rain puts a stop to it.
 
Outreach to organizations is an ongoing activity. Tallgrass staff sits on committees for local not-for-profits, ecosystem partnerships, land trusts, park districts, and watershed groups with whom we share expertise and also learn from their processes too. Some places you will find us include Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council, the Lower and Upper Des Plaines and Fox River Ecosystem Partnerships, Flint Creek Watershed Partnership, the Environmental Education Association of Illinois, The Prairie Enthusiasts, and many others. We are working to be known, that is true. These activities are also about giving back, creating partnerships, and giving our employees a chance to participate in local and regional processes that are important and address Tallgrass' vision and mission for the stewardship of nature.
 
The front yard prairie is blooming and you can feel that any day now the blooms will open on the Virginia bluebells, white trillium, and spiderwort. The birds are more plentiful, and the neighbors stop on their walks to enjoy the prairie as it moves through its seasonal changes. A bird nesting box the Schaumburg office received from the Wisconsin office is put up. It is pretty cool, as it has a clear back and suction cups that stick it to the window. Hopefully, we can witness the nesting of a bird or two over the seasons. With any luck, the Wisconsin office will have a pair of ospreys begin to build their nest on the manmade platform. If nature can bring peace and good health, our prairies brings us contentment, conversation, and even promotes team building. You just seem to be in a better mood, once you've watched it for awhile or walked through it.
 
White
White Trillium, photo by Doug DeWitt, Tallgrass Restoration
 
June "I sit in happy meditation on my rock, pondering, while my line dries again, upon the ways of trout and men. How like fish we are: ready, nay, eager, to seize upon whatever new thing some wind of circumstance shakes down upon the river of time! And how we rue our haste, finding the gilded morsel to contain a hook. Even so, I think there is some virtue in eagerness, whether its object prove true or false."
 
In June, the weather is getting warmer and drier as we move towards summer. The crews are finishing up tree and shrub installations while continuing with live plant installs. It is the beginning of the season to mow fields for invasive weed control. Native seed installation is slowing down while the coir logs continue to heal erosion and stabilize shorelines. The crews will begin the stewardship visits for clients. Generally, each site will receive three or four visits to ensure the invasives are removed, monitor for plant health, and ongoing care of the sites.
 
Stewardship
Photo by Tallgrass Restoration staff
 
June also brings an end to the second quarter of the fiscal year. Project ecologists are busy managing crews and projects while an evaluation takes place in-house: How did we do the first half of the year? What is forecasted and coming up in the fall? Employee training is switched to ensure everyone has herbicide licenses and are ready to begin the stewardship of our clients' lands and projects. Safety meetings cover information on ticks and mosquitoes, heat stroke, and other topics to ensure the safety of our employees during this very hot and humid time.
 
Spiderwort
Spiderwort, photo by Doug DeWitt, Tallgrass Restoration
 
Summer family vacations will also begin this month. Working at your job and serving as back up for those on vacation increase some of our workloads while we look forward to taking some time off ourselves. But the office never misses a beat. Phones are covered, mail continues to be distributed, and of course, the ever important payroll never misses a step. The bonding and insurance needs for the bids are designated out and any deliveries that come in are received and stored. The project managers and crews pitch in where needed to get the installs and stewardship visits completed on time and efficiently. Teamwork; communication and collaboration not only serve the clients best, but also the staff. If everyone pitches in, you are not overwhelmed your first day back from vacation.
 
At the Wisconsin office, baby ducks are making their appearances in the numerous ponds that dot the property. In the nest boxes, wood duck and hooded merganser babies tumble out and make their way towards the water to join the mallards and blue-winged teals.
 
There are new blooms weekly in our front yard prairie. The colors are gorgeous and we all take time out for a "wildlife moment." Someone yells "Hummingbird, hummingbird," and we all go to the window and enjoy the show. What bird is that? What plant is that one with the white blooms? Is it the prairie dropseed that smells so good when you walk outside the front entrance? This camaraderie makes us smile, and relieves some pressure for the moment. It reminds us why we do what we do, and that we are glad to be partners in this crazy seasonal land business.
 
To be continued this summer. . .

 
The Plant Corner
Welcome to the plant corner. We all work towards the eradication of invasive species and invasive weed control management. It is the purpose of this section of the newsletter to promote the use of native plants as well as educate about invasive species.
 
Invasive non-native plants are a serious threat to native species, communities, and ecosystems. They compete with and displace native plants, animals, and other organisms. They alter ecosystem functions and cycles significantly, hybridize with native species, and promote other invaders. 

Native
Platanthera leucophaea
 
Orchid
White Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid, photo by Jordan Rowe, Tallgrass Restoration

The Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid (EPFO) is a federally threatened species. The orchid is one of at least 200 North American orchid species. The plant is 8 to 40 inches tall and has an upright leafy stem with a flower cluster called an inflorescence. The 3 to 8 inch lance-shaped leaves sheath the stem. Each plant has one single flower spike composed of 5 to 40 creamy white flowers. Each flower has a three-part fringed lip less than one inch long and a nectar spur (tube-like structure) which is about one to two inches long.

The orchid occurs in a wide variety of habitats, from mesic prairies to wetlands such as sedge meadows, marsh edges and even bogs. It requires full sun for optimum growth and flowering and a grassy habitat with little or no woody encroachment. A symbiotic relationship between the seed and soil fungi called mycorrhizae is necessary for seedlings to become established. This fungus helps the seeds assimilate nutrients in the soil.
 
The EPFO is a perennial herb that grows from an underground tuber. Flowering begins in late June to early July and lasts for 7 to 10 days. Blossoms often rise just above the height of the surrounding grasses and sedges. The more exposed flower clusters are more likely to be visited by the hawkmoth pollinators, though they are at great risk of being eaten by deer. Seed capsules mature over the growing season and are dispersed by the wind from late August through September.
 
Decline of the orchid is mainly due to the loss of habitat from the drainage and development of wetlands. Other reasons include succession to woody vegetation, competition from invasive species and over-collection.
 
The eastern prairie fringed orchid was added to the U.S. List of Endangered and Threatened Species on September 28, 1989. In 1999 a recovery plan was completed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which delineates reasonable actions needed to recover and/or protect this orchid. For more information on the Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid, and my source for this article: www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/plants/epfo.html.
 
Invasive
Lonicera spp.  

Honeysuckle
Photo by Tallgrass Restoration staff

Honeysuckle has the potential to be just as devastating as buckthorn and it should be treated with equally aggressive control. These bush honeysuckles are native to Eurasia and were introduced into the U.S. as ornamental plants as early as 1752. Thomas Jefferson is known to have grown them on his Monticello estate and even noted in his journal that it would escape into the wild. Later it was often planted in a misguided effort to improve habitat for wildlife. Unfortunately the berries carry almost no nutritional value being mostly water and sugar.
 
Honeysuckle is easily identified by their opposite leaves and arching stems structure. The bark is a pale tan in color and somewhat flaky and fibrous. Flowers are ornate and aromatic, ranging from white to yellow to pink, and bloom in May and June, but are often not present at all. Bright red berries can be seen in the fall in clusters along the stems.
 
Honeysuckle can be controlled similarly to buckthorn, with some important differences. They can be hand-pulled when at the sapling stage if the soil is moist and should be cut and treated with a wick application of herbicide (cut-stump treatment). The application of herbicide should occur soon after cutting. Regular fire will prevent the establishment of this species and help with control, but not eliminate individuals that are already established.

 
Tallgrass Farm: A Prairie Open House
The annual prairie open house at Tallgrass Farm, Milton, WI will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2009 from 9 a.m. to noon. Last year's open house featured Dianne Moller from Hoo's Woods Raptor Center in Milton, WI. Dianne brought her golden eagle, short-eared owl, and peregrine falcon. Local artist Jonathon Wilde was on hand showing his painting "Hard Winter on the Wisconsin River" which was sponsored by Tallgrass. 
 
Open2 
Photo by Jim Yunker
 
Spring Duffey from the McHenry County Soil & Water Conservation District brought the soils trailer, The Greatest Show on Earth which featured hands-on activities for children and adults alike. 
 
Open1
Photo by Jim Yunker
 
Prairie tours were held throughout the morning for guests to learn about native plants, restoration, and the history of Tallgrass Farm as well as opportunities to see and hear grassland birds that call the Farm home. In addition, a wood duck box was raffled off, and each person attending received a native plant or two as a way of promoting the use of native plants and as a thank you gift for taking the time out to learn about and experience the prairie. If you have any questions, please contact stacy.rowe@tallgrassrestoration.com. More information on the Open House will be posted on our website at www.tallgrassrestoration.com.
 
Open3
Photo by Jim Yunker
 
 
Partners in Conservation
Town of Linn Community Nature Park, Town of Linn, Wisconsin
 
The Town of Linn Community Nature Park Habitat Restoration Project began in 2007 when the Town of Linn first contracted Tallgrass Restoration to begin restoration activities needed to restore the Park to grassland habitat.
 
Town of Linn is a mixture of residential areas clustered along Geneva Lake with large tracts of farmland. The area is characterized by a high level of tourism, recreation, entertainment, and seasonal housing.
 
The Town of Linn Nature Park is a 160 acre Nature Park with six acres for active recreation and 154 acres of prairies, wetlands, and oak savannas which is used for passive recreation in the Geneva Lake watershed. It is held in a conservation easement with the Geneva Lake Conservancy and sits between the cities of Lake Geneva and Fontana on the south banks of Geneva Lake.
 
Partners2
Photo by Jim Yunker
 
There are two primary management objectives for the park outlined in the Town of Linn Nature Park 10-Year Restoration Plan, which was adopted by the Town of Linn Board October 2007:
  • To restore the natural communities of the park to benefit grassland birds.
  • To improve and enhance the recreational opportunities at the park.
The Town of Linn, Tallgrass Restoration, and the Geneva Lakes Conservancy have been working to create important habitat for the grassland birds by removing invasive and undesirable woody species.
  • In January 2008, The Town cleared 80 acres of buckthorn, honeysuckle, multi-flora rose, box elder, and other undesirable woody vegetation.
  • In June 2008, Shawn Papon, Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) documented two singing male Henslow's sparrows that are a threatened species in Wisconsin. He also observed Eastern meadowlarks, bobolinks, savannah sparrows, and grasshopper sparrows along with several other species.
  • Because of this documentation, the FWS committed $5000 for additional woody vegetative clearing of the park. In December 2008, the Town cleared an additional 40 acres of woody vegetation from the park thanks to the FWS.
 Truck
Photo by Jim Yunker
  • During this time, the park committee worked with Tallgrass to create a Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan to be able to leverage funds in the Knowles Nelson Stewardship Program for ongoing park improvements.
  • In November 2008, the Town of Linn Nature Park won the USEPA and Chicago Wilderness' Conservation and Native Landscaping Award. The awards committee states, "The 160-acre Park, which includes tallgrass prairies, wetlands, and oak savannas, provides excellent habitat for birds and other species and great opportunities for hiking and other recreational activities. The 10-acre prairie area restored in cooperation with the Fish and Wildlife Service is especially noteworthy." This 10-acre parcel was restored in 2005.
BobolinkA Bobolink, photo by Mark Micek, Tallgrass Restoration
  • In January 2009, the local boy scouts built and installed 10 Leopold benches throughout the park.
  • In January 2009, the Park was designated as a critical species habitat for its grassland bird population as well as 25-acres of primary environmental corridors through the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The next steps for the park are to create new hiking trails, install bridges for better accessibility through the wet areas of the park, new interpretive signage and trail signs as well as plant some appropriate native trees and increase the plant diversity of the prairie. Tallgrass is fortunate to be able to work on this project with the Linn Park Committee. It has been a fun project, with hiking tours in all weather conditions, great discussions, and friendships forged. The partnership has done quite a bit in a short time and we are very proud of our relationship to the Nature Park and to the Town of Linn.


Tallgrass Announcements
Conservation @ Home (www.theconservationfoundation.org) certified homeowners receive a comprehensive yard assessment including ideas to improve environmental friendliness of property, a Conservation @ Home signpost to display in your yard, a one year complimentary membership to the Conservation Foundation, subscriptions to The Conservation Foundation quarterly magazine as well as their newsletter. For more information, please contact Jim at Kleinwachter@theconservationfoundation.org or by phone at 630-553-0687, ext. 302.

The Green Rock, Jefferson, WI Cooperative Weed Management Area met on April 9, 2009 at Tallgrass' Milton office, 3129 E. County Road N, Milton, WI 53653, 608-531-1768. If you or your organization would like additional information, or would like to be added to the database to receive updates and notices for this organization, please contact linda.yunker@tallgrassrestoration.com.

Earth Day April 22, 2009. For more Earth Day events visit ww2.earthday.net/.

Tallgrass Employee Anniversaries: Wisconsin Office: Eric Tarman-Ramcheck-1 year; Jordan Rowe-5 years; Stacy Rowe-3 years; Carrie VanLanen-Raygo-2 years; Illinois Office: Erin Kocourek-1 year; Clayton Wooldridge-1 year; Aaron Hocking-5 years; Sergio Figueroa-6 years; Ryan Templeton-1 year; Doug DeWitt-6 years. Congratulations to all! We truly appreciate your hard work and conservation efforts on Tallgrass' behalf.


2009 North Lake Shore Earth Day Celebration, April 25, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Loyola University, Quinlan Life Sciences Building, Chicago: Experience Chicago's largest multi-community Earth Day event where the communities of Andersonville, Edgewater, Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, Rogers Park, and Uptown all join forces and unite with Loyola University.  "Act Locally" is the theme and goal of this year's free event, which features green activities for the whole family, including over 15 hands-on workshops, fun and educational children's programs, a Green Fair featuring more than 40 businesses and associations, and delicious, healthy food.  Check it out at www.luc.edu/earthday.

Tallgrass Restoration Personal Enrichment Day, May 9, 2009. Tour Bluff Spring Fen in Elgin, IL. Tallgrass employees and families will be hosted by the stewards of Bluff Spring Fen for a 2-hour tour of this Illinois Nature Preserve. The Fen is a 100-acre Nature Preserve named for its rich, calcareous fens. These rare wetlands are fed by 14 springs and seeps coming up through the ground bringing mineral-rich water. The alkaline water comes out of the ground at about 50 degrees, keeping the springs and streams flowing year round. It is located south of Bluff City Cemetery in the Poplar Creek Watershed in Elgin, IL. For more information, contact Linda Yunker at linda.yunker@tallgrassrestoration.com.

Managing Private Lands: July 18, 2009 (8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) Do you own some open space acreage and want to improve its health? Doug DeWitt, project ecologist with Tallgrass will lead you through an on-site evaluation of a 10-acre private property located in Fox Lake, identifying its strengths and weaknesses related to wildlife habitat, invasive species, water features and related topics. He'll show you how to prioritize projects based on your goals, and begin to rough out a plan for your property. This program is invaluable for landowners interested in the state's new Conservation Stewardship Program, which offers significant property tax savings. $25 ($20 for members of Liberty Prairie Conservancy). Register early, space is limited. Adults only. Visit: www.libertyprairie.org/events/programpage.html. For more information, you can contact Doug at doug.dewitt@tallgrassrestoration.com.
 
 
Conferences and Workshops
Community Environmental Workshop, Elgin High School, April 18, 2009 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EHS environmental science students will have presentations on a variety of topics including the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Sustainable Energy, Public Health and Community Structure, Landfill Space and Alternatives to Landfills, Cisterns, Green Roofs, and much more. You can download a registration form at www.tallgrassrestoration.com and email it to:
 
Bartlett Park District Nature Center Earth Day event One Earth-One Family-One Change, April 25, 2009 noon to 4 p.m. James "Pate" Phillips State Park, 2054 W. Stearns Road, Bartlett, IL 60103. Visit www.bartlettparkdistrict.com/Nature-Center/programs-events.asp.

Hill Prairie Conference hosted by Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, May 1-2, 2009. Visit www.augustana.edu/hillprairieconference.

Illinois Prescribed Fire Council: A Symposium on Fire: Its History and Future Role in Shaping Ecosystems: May 7-8, 2009. Visit www.fsi.uiuc.edu/content/outreach/fire%20council/.

7th Annual Earth Day in Will County on Sunday, May 17, 2009, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Historic Dellwood Park, Lockport, IL. Hosted by Citizens Against Ruining the Environment (C.A.R.E.). Contact carolecare@aol.com for more information.

Society of Wetland Scientists and the Wetlands Associations of Wisconsin's Annual Conference will be held on June 21-26, 2009 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, Madison, WI. Visit www.sws.org/2009_meeting/ or www.wisconsinwetlands.org/2009conference.htm.

The Leopold Education Project National Conference, June 25-27, 2009 at the Leopold Center, Baraboo, WI. Visit www.aldoleopold.org/lep/.

Managing Private Lands, Liberty Prairie Conservancy, July 18, 2009. Visit www.libertyprairie.org/events/programpage.html.

2009 Midwest Environmental Education Conference in Champaign, IL October 14-17, 2009. Visit www.EEAI.net.

 
Shoreline Restoration
Spring is here:
 
Baby Birds  Baby Birds
Shoreline Erosion                               Shoreline Native Planting
 
Shoreline erosion is a common problem around ponds and streams. Tallgrass Restoration offers a natural solution using native plants to stabilize your shoreline. With this approach and continued stewardship, these plantings will last forever.
 
Contact us now for a free estimate
 
Learn more about shoreline restoration

 

Tallgrass Contact Information

Illinois
Project Ecologists
  Doug DeWitt           doug.dewitt@tallgrassrestoration.com
  Mark Micek             mark.micek@tallgrassrestoration.com
  Tim Moritz               tim.moritz@tallgrassrestoration.com
  Clayton Wooldridge  clayton.wooldridge@tallgrassrestoration.com
 
Wisconsin
Project Ecologists
  Chris Kaplan           chris.kaplan@tallgrassrestoration.com
  Jordan Rowe           jordan.rowe@tallgrassrestoration.com
 
Illinois and Wisconsin
  Linda Yunker, Grant Assistance         linda.yunker@tallgrassrestoration.com
  Noelle Hoeffner, Sales and
            Communications Coordinator    noelle.hoeffner@tallgrassrestoration.com
  Ryan Templeton, Project Designer      ryan.templeton@tallgrassrestoration.com

 
Illinois Office                                     Wisconsin Office
 2221 Hammond Drive                         3129 E. County Road N
 Schaumburg, IL 60173-3813                Milton, WI 53563
 Phone: (847) 925-9830                         Phone: (608) 531-1768
 Fax: (847) 925-9840                             Fax: (608) 531-2227
 
 
Thank You!
 
We hope you have enjoyed reading this newsletter; we look forward to bringing you more in the upcoming months.
 
Sincerely,
Your Friends at Tallgrass Restoration

 
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