Tallgrass Restoration
A Tallgrass Legacy Autumn News
October 2009 - Vol. 1 Iss. 4
Greetings!Tallgrass logo
 
As autumn is upon us, and winter right around the corner, the beauty of this time of year is breathtaking.  Trees go from the green leaves they had developed in the spring to an array of yellows, oranges, and reds.  When the leaves fall from the trees, don't hesitate to rake them up, and jump on in.  It doesn't matter how old you are.

This newsletter will conclude the phenology series that began early in the year.  We hope you enjoyed them and were able to experience our perspective of the changing seasons from our office.  Now get out there and find some leaves!
 
- Your Friends at Tallgrass Restoration

The Phenology of Restoration 

CalPhenology 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. More...   
                                   

Tim's Gardening Tips
 
Cardinal FlowerWhen most people think about vegetable gardening, the first thoughts that usually come to mind are red ripe tomatoes and sweet bell peppers coming into fruition during the hottest part of the summer.  Rarely does gardening during the fall and the cooler months ever enter into their thoughts. More... 
 
Partner in Conservation
The Prairie Bluff Chapter of the Prairie Enthusiasts, Wisconsin

 
The Prairie Bluff Chapter of the Prairie Enthusiasts was formed in Monroe, Wisconsin around 1986 and was called the Wisconsin Prairie Enthusiasts (WPE). More... 
 
Book Review and Recommendations
 
The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise by Michael Grunwald. The Everglades were always considered a liquid wasteland that for years Americans dreamed of draining. More... 
 
Tallgrass Links 
 
 
 
 
The Plant Corner
 
Cardinal FlowerThis plant corner highlights the invasive species: Buckthorn and the native plant of goldenrod. There are many types of goldenrod species, and it is the state flower of Kentucky, South Carolina, and Nebraska. More... 
 
A Prairie Open House
 
Cardinal FlowerOn July 11, 2009, Tallgrass hosted a Prairie Open House at Tallgrass Farm in Milton, Wisconsin. More... 
 
Rain Gardens
 
Cardinal FlowerBuilding a rain garden is an easy way to take personal responsibility for reducing your contribution to stormwater pollution. More... 
 
You Go Wisconsin!
 
Invasive Species Classification Administrative Rule NR40. More... 
 
More Articles 
 
 
 

The Phenology of Restoration

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 at the Leopold family farm and shack. 
 
Quotes taken from A Sand County Almanac and Sketches from Here and There, Aldo Leopold.
 
October: "Too Early: Getting up too early is a vice habitual in horned owls, stars, geese, and freight trains. Some hunters acquire it from geese, and some coffee pots from hunters. It is strange that of all the multitude  of creatures who must rise in the morning at some time, only these few should have discovered the most pleasant and least useful time for doing it."

October is the time for cool season herbicide applications for garlic mustard, reed canary grass, and other invasive species. Trees and shrubs are installed and later in the month native seeding will begin again. Prescribed burn notification letters are being distributed for the fall burn season as the weather and first frost are being discussed. Equipment is being readied and personal protection equipment is being inventoried. Who needs a new suit? Which pump needs to be checked out and/or repaired? Which jobs will need the experienced crew members and which jobs can an inexperienced person go to watch, learn, and hopefully participate in?

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Photo by Doug DeWitt

A fall burn has different management purposes than spring burns. Many weeds are still green in the fall during our burn season. It is argued that they are more susceptible to fire at that time. Burning also helps clear the way for a dormant fall seeding. It greatly improves the amount of seed to soil contact which allows the freeze/thaw cycle to work its magic over the winter.

In woodlands a fall burn is preferred because the spring ephemerals/wildflowers are not in danger of being burned off for the season. In wetlands fall is preferred because the reptiles and amphibians are heading into hibernation underground. This is their only protection against the fire. Too late in the spring and they will emerge to their demise.

There are several reasons that Tallgrass recommends prescribed fire as a management tool. Native Americans would set fires to prairies and woodlands to reduce dense vegetation, improve wildlife or grazing habitat, and to create open space for crops. Just as with natural and human-ignited fires in the past, prescribed burning today accomplishes many important ecological functions and landowner objectives.

Other reasons to use prescribed fire include reducing hazardous fuels, altering vegetative composition, improving wildlife and livestock habitat, controlling pest problems, and improving access to the site. 
 
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Photo by Jordan Rowe

Our front yard prairie is turning to the dark with the rich and robust colors of fall. The asters are still hanging in there but the migratory birds are starting to leave. The prairie had a great year with tall coreopsis, prairie drop seed, butterfly weed, and obedient plant. The seed bank must be accumulating in the soils, and these plants will have a nice long life.

At Tallgrass Farm in Wisconsin, the tallgrass prairie is full of wildlife with many species of migratory birds stopping by to rest, feast, and begin their journey anew. The muskrats are starting to build their lodges as the hibernation season moves upon them. 
 
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Photo by Doug DeWitt

November: "November is, for many reasons, the month for the axe. It is warm enough to grind an axe without freezing, but cold enough to fell a tree in comfort. The leaves are off the hardwoods, so that one can see just how the branches intertwine, and what growth occurred last summer. Without this clear view of the treetops, one cannot be sure which tree, if any, needs felling for the good of the land. I have read many definitions of what is a conservationist, and written not a few myself, but I suspect that the best one is written not with pen, but with an axe."

Clearing invasive brush picks up mid-November, and until the ground freezes, it is done by hand with chainsaws. This hard work is made easier by the cooler temperatures of fall. The crews experience how the felling of the trees opens the canopy and know that come spring, they will be rewarded with the beauty that this maintenance activity will promote. The beauty will follow the gift of sunlight to the soil, a gift of the opportunity for regeneration of oaks and spring flowers.

Cool season herbicide applications are coming to a close with one last trip for the season. The crews will be finishing up with the planting of trees and shrubs. Native seeding continues until the ground freezes, and the shoreline stabilization projects are coming to an end.
 
Finally, the fall prescribed burn season is here and everyone is eager to start. It really doesn't matter how much work there is, the long hours or the starts and stops regarding weather and the wind. What matters for the burn crews, is that the bad (invasives) are wiped out and the natives have the time and space they need to out compete the invasives. 

In the office planning is in full swing for the new year and the next cycle of restoration. People are thinking about time off for the holidays, time to sort and clean, and spending some time on in-house projects such as marketing, budgets, training, and safety. It is also the season to thank our clients and vendors for their support with Thanksgiving cards and sentiments. 

Looking out the window to our front yard, the prairie reflects the stark colors of russet, orange, and brown. The look is beautiful to some, weedy to others. The old adage of beauty is in the eye of the beholder really holds true to prairies in the winter. You find it comforting to know it all begins again next spring, and to know that life still progresses beneath the ground. 

At Tallgrass Farm in Wisconsin the beauty of a dormant prairie is enhanced by the cold northern winds. It is so very inspiring to see and walk it, and know that this is where the Native Americans once lived- growing corn, and making pottery. The Wisconsin Historical Society has documented an isolated find of a single chipping flake, an isolated find of a broken spear point, and a set of Native American corn hills (prior to 1908). This time of year, with the quiet and wind, you can picture in your mind their camps, corn fields, and the children running and laughing through the dormant prairie. 
 
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Photo by Tallgrass Wisconsin Office  

December: Pines Above the Snow: "It is in midwinter that I sometimes glean from my pines something more important than woodlot politics, and the news of the wind and weather. This is especially likely to happen on some gloomy evening when the snow has buried all irrelevant detail, and the hush of elemental sadness lies heavy upon every living thing. Nevertheless, my pines, each with his burden of snow, are standing ramrod-straight, rank upon rank, and in the dusk beyond I sense the presence of hundreds more. At such times I feel a curious transfusion of courage." 
 
The burns are slowly winding down and brush clearing is the activity of the month. This will take us through to the spring planting and burn season. Winter vacations will begin and the holidays are upon us. 
 
The cardinals are now in the front yard, and the robins are gone. Our prairie plants are heavy with snow giving them a unique artistic quality. The crews will start the building of bird and bat boxes and tern platforms for sale and installation. The operations team will work on improving the shop and organizing supplies. The office staff is still so busy with the daily work and the ever present bid process. Yet there is a sense of relief to be getting ready for the next restoration year and knowing our direction and responsibilities. People are preparing for the Christmas and New Year holidays at home and in the office.
 
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Photo by Doug DeWitt

The bird feeders are put back up in the front yard prairie and the deer are running around out back. We end our year with holiday cheer as the cycle of restoration begins again, all aligned with the seasons and all aligned with what works best for plants, soils, and habitats. 
 
It has been a rewarding prairie year watching the plants and animals as we have moved through the seasons. Each prairie is unique and it is fascinating to watch it progress from a degraded area to a high quality, diverse natural community. Prairies are full of life-always humming, buzzing, and swaying in the breezes with different plants blooming every few weeks, transforming the prairie several times over the course of the year. 
 
In January, the activity in the field and in the office will pick up, but for now we are content to be friends and colleagues, client and customer, and are content in the role we play in the Phenology of Restoration. The prairie enthusiasts say that each year is better than the last and we look forward to it. 


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The Plant Corner

This plant corner highlights the invasive species: Buckthorn and the native plant of goldenrod. There are many types of goldenrod species, and it is the state flower of Kentucky, South Carolina, and Nebraska.  

Native
Stiff Golden Rod Solidago rigida 
 
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Photo by Tallgrass Illinois Office

Solidago is Latin for to make whole or heal. There are about 100 perennial species that make up the genus Solidago, most being found in the meadows and pastures, along roads, ditches and waste areas in North America. Many species are difficult to distinguish. Probably due to their bright, golden yellow flower heads blooming in late summer, the goldenrod is often unfairly blamed for causing hay fever in humans. The pollen causing these allergy problems is mainly produced by Ragweed (Ambrosia sp.) blooming at the same time as the goldenrod, but is wind-pollinated. Goldenrod pollen is too heavy and sticky to be blown far from the flowers, and is mainly pollinated by insects.

They all have clusters of tiny yellow flowers which are usually grouped in displays at the top of the plant but are sometimes arranged along stems or branches. The leaves vary from lanceolate to ovate but are always alternately arranged.
 
There are over 20 recognized species of goldenrod in the Chicago area, and even more-sub-species and varieties living in diverse habitats from bogs to sand dunes. Tall goldenrod is by the far the most common goldenrod and can be extremely abundant in any open sunny area.

Invasive

Common Buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica
 
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Photo by Tallgrass Illinois Office
 
This is perhaps the single most damaging invasive species in the Midwest. It can invade and destroy both remnant prairies and high-quality woodlands by shading out native species. Birds and other wildlife spread the seeds when eating the berries which have little nutritional value because they are a diuretic and rob the animals of nutrition and water.   

Buckthorn can be found in dry to moist woodlands, abandoned pastures, back lots and hedgerows. It can take the form of a shrub with numerous smaller shoots or it can appear with one or two main trunks that give the appearance of a tree. Buckthorn can reach up to 60 feet tall, but is commonly no taller than 30 feet. The silvery charcoal bark flakes with age. A cut branch exposes yellow sapwood and orange heartwood. Buds are opposite; twigs often end in sharp, stout thorns. Its leaves are egg-shaped, pointed at the tip, smooth, dark, glossy, and finely-toothed with 3-5 pair of curved leaf veins.

Buckthorn can be hand-pulled at the sapling stage (less than inch in diameter). Large stands of saplings can be sprayed with glyphosate (non-selective herbicide) or triclopyr (selective herbicide-won't kill grasses). Larger buckthorn (between inch-2 inches) can also receive the foliar spray treatment. For the most part, buckthorn above inch in stem diameter should be cut and the stumps treated with a wick application of herbicide (cut-stump treatment). A 50% solution of glyphosate (Aquaneat/Round-up) is the most effective herbicide, but a 20% solution of Garlon 4 in oil is preferred for winter use since it will not freeze. The herbicide application should occur as soon as possible after cutting. Another control method is to use the basal bark oil method with Garlon 4 to swab the outer bark. This method works best when applied 12-18 inches up the stem and with stems smaller than 2 inches. Regular prescribed fire will prevent the establishment of this species and help control it, but will not eliminate individuals that are already established. 
 

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Tim's Gardening Tips
By Tim Moritz, Project Manager
 
 
Fall Gardening Tips
When most people think about vegetable gardening, the first thoughts that usually come to mind are red ripe tomatoes and sweet bell peppers coming into fruition during the hottest part of the summer.  Rarely does gardening during the fall and the cooler months ever enter into their thoughts.  However, there are a variety of different crops that will not only grow, but thrive during these late summer and fall months with a little forethought and planning.  In fact, most of the plants that are a part of the Brassica family simply will not grow during the hot summer months.  Crops that are included in this family are broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kale. 

If you have not thought about fall gardening yet, it is not too late.  Ideally, seeds should have been sown for some species in July and August; however you can still achieve successful results seeding into plug flats in September.  Warm, sunny days will encourage rapid germination, and this process can also be hastened by bringing in flat trays at night to be put under fluorescent grow lights.  After a few weeks, these seedlings will be vigorous enough to plant in the ground.  If starting plants from seed and transplanting is not your thing, there are some nurseries and garden centers in the area that do carry these cool season crops as plugs for planting now.  Although they are not as abundant or easy to find as they were in May, with some searching, a multitude of species can be found with a little extra effort.  If either of these two options is not feasible for you, direct sowing into the ground can also be achieved in August and September.  The key to this approach is seeding heavily and thinning seedlings after they emerge, as well as getting these seeds in the ground before we lose the last wave of summer heat.  Warm sunny days during the first three weeks following germination are crucial.
 
Tom 
Photo by Noelle Hoeffner 
  
Plants in the Brassica family are the hardiest for this time of the year, but spinach, lettuce, and carrots will also do well late in the season.  Carrots should be direct sown into the ground due to them developing the large edible taproot.  Less known species such as Chinese cabbage or bok choi (great in stir fry), dark leafy greens such as mustards and chard, are among the easiest to grow, and are high on the list of being super-nutritious.  Exotic lettuce varieties such as arugula are also fantastic choices for late in the season.  The season can also be extended even longer by providing protection for the vegetables at night.  Growing plants in pots offers the flexibility to bring the plants in when frost is threatening.  Lightweight, inexpensive fabric covers can also be purchased to cover your vegetables at night.  By putting in this extra effort to protect the plants in our zone, harvesting these crops well into November and December when light frosts occur is still possible. 
 
As you can see, there are many possibilities for vegetable gardening into the cooler months of the year.  Although it may require a bit more planning, the satisfaction of eating a fresh salad grown with a variety of different lettuces and spinaches, or a stir fry, chock-full of antioxidant rich broccoli and Chinese cabbage is worth the extra effort.  It is a very rewarding feeling knowing that you have grown this produce during a time of the year that most people begin to think about the changing seasons and the looming frigid winter ahead.  
 

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A Prairie Open House

On July 11, 2009, Tallgrass hosted a Prairie Open House at Tallgrass Farm in Milton, Wisconsin for family, friends, clients, vendors, and neighbors to take a tour of the restored prairie and learn about tallgrass prairies and restoration techniques.  
 
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Photo by Noelle Hoeffner

In addition to the prairie tours, the Prairie Enthusiasts, the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, and Hoo's Woods Raptor Center were on hand to talk to our visitors about their programs and organizations. Tallgrass' restoration technician Matt Smith setup a table and talked about edible plants. This was a big hit with our guests as they were able to sample wild bergamot tea and garlic mustard pesto. Matt also served service berries, black caps and mulberries. Medicinal weeds included common plantain for bee stings and skin irritations and jewel weed for skin irritation and treatment of sting nettles. Edible greens were cattails-hearts and tubers, garlic mustard pesto, lambsquarters, burdock, and wood sorrel. He also had samples of venison jerky and tea made from wood sorrel.  
  
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Photo by Noelle Hoeffner

If you would like to see more pictures of the day's event you can find them at www.tallgrassrestoration.com/news/open2009_summary.html. If you were able to attend this year's event, thank you and we hope to see you next year. For those who were unable to attend, watch our website and newsletter for the scheduling of the 2010 Prairie Open House in early spring.  
 

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Partner in Conservation
The Prairie Bluff Chapter of the Prairie Enthusiasts, Wisconsin

The Prairie Bluff Chapter of the Prairie Enthusiasts was formed in Monroe, Wisconsin around 1986 and was called the Wisconsin Prairie Enthusiasts (WPE). In 1993, the Southwest Wisconsin Prairie Enthusiasts took the lead and reorganized into the Prairie Enthusiasts (TPE). Today the Prairie Bluff Chapter serves Rock, Green, and Lafayette counties in Wisconsin.

The Prairie Bluff Chapter holds the conservation easement on Tallgrass Farm in Milton Wisconsin. TPE works with landowners, farmers, and other organizations to protect remnant patches of prairies and oak savannas. Their volunteers collect local genotype seed to enlarge buffer zones and restore new areas. The group uses prescribed burns and other restoration management activities to restore fire-dependent ecosystems.    

TPE's efforts include inventory and protection, management and restoration, and education. They have inventoried hundreds of prairie and oak savanna sites and rare species. They protect or manage 3,500 acres. They own 16 sites totaling 952 acres, hold easements on 834 acres, and carry out management agreements on 72 privately-owned sites totaling 1,730 acres. The sites they protect and manage support 24 endangered/threatened species and another 49 species of greatest conservation needs.    

TPE assist both public agencies and public groups in managing remnant lands through stewardship programs of prescribed burns, brush removal, and invasive plant control. To date, 500 acres have been planted with seeds collected from local sources by TPE volunteers. Tallgrass has been very pleased with the partnership with Tallgrass Farm and the Prairie Enthusiasts. For more information on TPE or to donate to their worthy cause, visit www.theprairieenthusiasts.org.   
 

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Rain Gardens

Building a rain garden is an easy way to take personal responsibility for reducing your contribution to stormwater pollution. By capturing rainwater from your roof, driveway, and sidewalks and diverting it to a rain garden, it can slowly soak into the ground and filter contaminants, keeping quantities of clean water from going down the storm drains.  
 
By imitating the natural absorption and pollutant removal abilities of natural communities a rain garden absorbs as much as 30% to 40% more than runoff turf grass lawnssorrel.  
  
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Photo by Jill Hughes Photography

If The Upper Des Plaines Ecosystem Partnership, Forest Lake Community Homeowners, Tallgrass Restoration, and The Natural Gardens partnered in the installation of a rain garden at the Forest Lake Community Center. The rain garden was installed in a low area at the edge of the parking lot where the runoff from the building and lot drain. The rain garden is in its second year, and really looks beautiful, while providing water quality functions for the community.
 
If you are interested in more information on rain gardens, you can contact a project ecologist at Tallgrass or check our website at www.tallgrassrestoration.com/rain_garden.pdf or the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/water/wm/nps/rg/
 
A Word about Mosquitoes: Rain gardens are NOT good breeding areas for mosquitoes. If a rain garden is properly constructed, the water will drain within 24 hours, but usually within an hour or two. The Culex mosquitoes, the primary variety that transmits the West Nile virus, breed in small, stagnant containers of water. These are usually old tires, pots, birdbaths, and pans under planters.
 
The development of a mosquito, from egg to adult takes 10 to 14 days depending on the air temperature. The warmer the air the shorter the time the eggs take to mature. It takes 24-48 hours for eggs to hatch. After the eggs hatch, the mosquito larva must live in water for 7-12 days. Additional mosquito information can be found at:
www.montgomerycountymd.gov/deptmpl.asp?url=content/dep/mosquito/facts.asp.
 

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Book Review and Recommendations

The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise by Michael Grunwald.   

The Everglades were always considered a liquid wasteland that for years Americans dreamed of draining. The Swamp is a great story that begins with the geology of the land from the Ice Age to the present. You learn about the Seminole Indians and Chief Osceola all the way through to when President Clinton signed a bill to revive the Florida Everglades, a $7.8 billion rescue mission for 69 endangered species and twenty national parks and refuges.
 
The Seminoles called it Pa-Hay-Okee or Grassy Water. In its natural state, the Everglades ecosystem covered most of south Florida, and flowed from the chain of lakes below present day Orlando into the Kissimmee River, which emptied into Lake Okeechobee and then into the Everglades. Most of the "River of Grass" trickled south and southwest into Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, but some of its water gathered into streams that crossed the Atlantic coastal ridge into Biscayne Bay. The story of the Everglades is that of water's journey and man's effort to reroute it.
 
From Juan Ponce de Leon, the first white intruder in Florida, to the Army Corps of Engineers controlling of the waters, the book is a good read and each time you visit Florida and the Everglades, your view of it has changed, as you see it as it once was, and know the history of how it became what it is today, a vast River of Grass that has been altered, abused and degraded along with the new restoration efforts and care that is happening to improve the Everglades as well as improving Florida's stormwater system.
 
"It is a test of the concept of sustainable development, but most of all, the Everglades is a moral test. It will be a test of our willingness to restrain ourselves, to share the earth's resources with the other living things that move upon it, to live in harmony with nature. If we pass, we may deserve to keep the planet." Michael Grunwald
 
Other Recommended Readings
Forest on the Fringe, Bill Haywood
The Hundred Mile Diet, Barbara Kingsolver 

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You Go Wisconsin!
 
Invasive Species Classification Administrative Rule NR40
 
The effective date when the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources NR40 went into effect was September 1, 2009. The Invasive Species Classification Administrative Rule classifies invasives species into two categories: prohibited and restricted. The rule prohibits or restricts the transportation, possession, transference, or introduction of invasive species. The rule also requires several preventative measures to limit the spread of invasive species and includes permit and enforcement provisions. You can find more information at dnr.wi.gov/invasives/classification/
 

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Tallgrass Announcements
 
 - Tallgrass is now on Facebook. Take a look at our wall at  
   
www.facebook.com/pages/Schaumburg-IL/Tallgrass-Restoration/94741887303    
 
If you would like to post a news item or event on our page, please contact Noelle Hoeffner at noelle.hoeffner@tallgrassrestoration.com or at 847-925-9830.  
 
 - Employee of the Month-June: Troy Showerman. Troy always goes the extra mile to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget. Troy is Tallgrass' Illinois burn boss and works very hard to ensure that the prescribed burns are done in a timely manner, while keeping us in compliance and ensuring the safety of the crews.  
 
 - Employee of the Month-July: Nick Myers. Nick has been an exemplary employee since starting at Tallgrass. He continually shows leadership and keeps the crews motivated. With less than 90 days under his belt at Tallgrass, he has exemplified the initiative and drive we look for in all our employees.  
 
 - Employee of the Month-August: Erin Kocourek. Erin has acted as an assistant foreman and taken on a great deal of responsibility this year. She has come forward and made suggestions on a regular basis to help improve restoration efforts. Erin has also been extremely helpful in creating marketing presentations for the firm. 
 
 - Tallgrass Anniversaries: October: Tim Moritz-two years; Willie Bridgeman-four years. November: Jim Papa-two years. December: Tracy Runice- five years. 
 

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Conferences and Workshops
Visit Tallgrass at the Following: 
 
 - October 23, 2009: DuPage County Green Building Council Expo. DuPage County presents an opportunity to visit with expert green building exhibitors and learn about green building products and services with presentations from: Wight and Co., Chicago chapter of the U.S Green Building Council, Hitchcock Design Group, and DuPage County Stormwater. Visit:  
 
 - November 4, 2009. Liberty Prairie
Conservancy. Food for Thought: New Paradigms at 168 Elm. Landscape Architect Marcus de la fleur fitted a small rental property with a green roof, gravel grass, rain gardens, rain barrels, porous pavement, a bioswale and a cistern. One drop at a time this pilot project demonstrates how homeowners can address sustainable and responsible treatment of rainwater. Learn more at www.delafleur.com. Sponsored by Conservation Design Forum. You can register at www.libertyprairie.org/events.html.
 
 - Saturday November 7th, 2009, McHenry College- Bioneers at MCC Symposium.  "Raise your Environmental E. Q."  Environmental pioneers, providing green information and products you can use now! 
Visit:
www.mcbioneers.com/program.htm.
 
 - November 12, 2009: Liberty Prairie Conservancy. A Book Discussion with John Rogner: Win-Win Ecology by Michael Rosenweig. How can the earth's species survive in the midst of human enterprise? John is intrigued by the impact "reconciliation ecology" can have on the Chicago Region. You can register for the discussion at
www.libertyprairie.org/events.html.
 

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More About Tallgrass
 
Tallgrass Core Values #1, 2
1. Our clients' interests always come first. Our experience shows that if we serve our clients well, our own success will follow.
 
2. Our assets are our people, equipment, and reputation. If any of these is ever diminished, the last is the most difficult to restore. We are dedicated to complying fully with the letter and spirit of the laws, rules and ethical principles that govern us. Our continued success depends upon unswerving adherence to this standard.


Tallgrass Contact Information

Illinois
  Project Ecologists
    Doug DeWitt    
doug.dewitt@tallgrassrestoration.com
    Mark Micek       mark.micek@tallgrassrestoration.com
    Tim Moritz        tim.moritz@tallgrassrestoration.com

 

Wisconsin
   Project Ecologists
     Chris Kaplan   
chris.kaplan@tallgrassrestoration.com
     Jordan Rowe    jordan.rowe@tallgrassrestoration.com

 

Illinois and Wisconsin
 Mike Fitzpatrick, President   
mike.fitzpatrick@tallgrassrestoration.com
 Noelle Hoeffner, Marketing Coordinator    noelle.hoeffner@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) 551-2227

 

Visit our website at www.tallgrassrestoration.com.
 

Tallgrass Restoration is a subsidiary of Tallgrass Group, a company that integrates land and water stewardship focusing on native landscapes an other ecological solutions including landscape design, conservation development, and wetland banking initiatives. 
 

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Thanks for reading the autumn issue of A Tallgrass Legacy. We'll be back with a new winter issue before you know it!
 
Sincerely,
 
Your Friends at Tallgrass Restoration