Tallgrass Restoration, LLC
A Tallgrass Legacy Spring News
April 2010 - Vol. 2 Iss. 2
Greetings!Tallgrass logo
 
Spring is here!  The snow has melted and finally things are starting to look green.  We are excited, anticipating another excellent season.  Our Plant ID Quiz is new, improved and fun - test your skills!  Try out our new feature: "Ask the Ecologist," which will allow you to ask a question you have about anything ecology related.  Thank you to all our subscribers!   Please feel free to send your comments to:
 
 
- Your Friends at Tallgrass
Client Profile
 
Prairie VillageTallgrass Restoration will be including client profiles of successful projects we have recently been involved with. Prairie Village is a retirement community of duplex houses located north of the city of Whitewater, WI. More... 
 
The Food Corner
 
Recipes! Check out Tracy's Treats.
 
More... 
 
Tim's Spring Gardening Tips
Tim 
It is hard to believe we made it through the winter and spring is finally here. It's that time again to start thinking seriously about your vegetable garden. More... 
 
A School - Community Partnership
 
EHS On Thursday, February 4, 2010, Tallgrass Restoration joined Elgin High School for the second year during their restoration workday.  Close to 180 Environmental Science students from Deb Perryman's, Brigid Trimble's, and Barbara Roth's classes joined us in their outdoor classroom. More... 
 
Plant I.D. Quiz
 
SusanTake a minute to test your ability to recognize native plants.  The quiz is now "online" - try it as many times as you wish.  Good Luck! More... 
 
Tallgrass Links 
 
 
 
 
The Plant Corner
 
Virginia BluebellThis plant corner highlights the native species:
 - Virginia Bluebell
and the Invasive Species:
 - Red clover.
 
 

Wetland Banking 

Wetland BankingTallgrass Restoration is marrying its mission to "restore the health, integrity and beauty of our clients' land and water resources" with its business acumen by moving into the ecosystem services market. More...    
                                   

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2010
 
Earth DayThe Modern Environmental Movement of the 1970s led to the first Earth Day on April 22nd. The original Earth Day movement stems primarily from society's reaction to the adverse effects of industrial growth. More... 
 
Ask the Ecologist
 
Ask your friendly neighborhood Tallgrass Ecologist that eco-question you've always wanted to ask.
 
More... 
 
More Articles 
 
 
 
 
 
Client Profile 
 
As part of our efforts and commitment to be proactive with our communication and management, Tallgrass Restoration will be including client profiles of successful projects we have recently been involved in as a new edition to our newsletters.
 
To maintain our consistently high levels of client service and satisfaction, we will be including a variety of information regarding our clients' projects.
 
Our clients are the backbone of our company and our existing partnerships help us to grow more and more every day.
 
If you are currently our client or have been in the past and would like to be mentioned in our next client profile, please contact noelle.hoeffner@tallgrassrestoration.com.
  
Prairie Village by Fairhaven
Whitewater, Wisconsin
http://www.fairhaven.org
 
By Noelle Hoeffner and Chris Kaplan. Photos by Tallgrass staff.

Prairie Village is a retirement community of duplex houses located north of the city of Whitewater, WI. The idea behind Prairie Village is to have a retirement community that surrounds residents with natural beauty including restored prairie, wetlands, ponds, and oak forest. In addition to the environmental benefits of these restored natural features, Prairie Village hopes to realize lower maintenance costs when compared to traditional developments.  
 

Prairie Village by Fairhaven
Fairview
Tallgrass Restoration has had the pleasure of working with Prairie Village for almost five years.  During these years we have provided a number of different services in efforts to restore the natural areas.  In the summer of 2006, we began with preparing the natural areas for an installation of native prairie.  This included applying herbicide to eliminate weeds and fine grading to ensure adequate seed- to-soil contact.  Tallgrass Restoration staff also treated the majestic oak trees along White Water Creek with a root growth hormone prior to the site excavation and grading work.  This was done to reduce the stress of the grading impacts on the root systems of the trees and ensure that they would be given the best chance to survive this disturbance. In the fall of 2007, Tallgrass Restoration installed native seed using a combination of drill seeding and hand broadcasting.  The seed mixes were very diverse containing over 60 native species of native grasses, forbs, and sedges which varied depending on ranging levels of soil moisture present in the site.  During the growing seasons of 2008 through 2009, Tallgrass Restoration maintained the prairie areas by ongoing stewardship visits. These visits included selective mowing of weeds, hand-weeding, spot-mowing, and selective herbicide applications to aggressive weeds.  While a new planting is starting to establish in the first couple of years, stewardship is critical. This is when the invasive species pose the most threat to delicate first and second year native plants. Once the plants are established the restored areas will maintain themselves by outcompeting weeds naturally. An occasional controlled burn or spot treatment of problematic weeds is all the prairie needs to sustain itself.
 
In conjunction with the "sustainable" prairie plantings, Prairie Village also implemented stormwater retention ponds to capture and hold water on-site as opposed to letting the water race off into Whitewater Creek.  Since the implementation, water from major rain events is stored and acts as a refuge for area wildlife.  The shorelines of these retention ponds were seeded into native wet prairie to prevent erosion and reduce the expense of mowing. "Native plantings add beauty to the site and help control weeds that could take over. The ponds and native plantings have encouraged waterfowl, birds and deer to use our property. We just noticed a fox this last week playing next to one of the ponds," said Kathy Bolchen, Marketing Director at Prairie Village.
 
 
Prairie Village shoreline restoration
Prairie
Chris Kaplan, project manager and Carrie Van Lanen, project foreman, led a tour of the site for the staff and residents of Prairie Village in the summer of 2009.  This was a great opportunity to explain the project, identify native species, and answer questions.  The staff and residents really enjoyed the tour, "He took time to explain the design and benefits of the plantings and ponds. Then he helped them identify the different species of plants that were growing on the prairie and explained the benefits of each plant," said Kathy Bolchen.  Chris also has plans to participate in the Whitewater Women's Federation, City Wide Garden Walk on July 11th.   Prairie Village is one of the six area gardens on the tour.
 
Prairie Village has recently been selected by the EPA and Chicago Wilderness for a 2009 Conservation and Native Landscaping Award.  The EPA and Chicago Wilderness support the use of native landscaping and conservation-style development because these practices create habitat for a variety of species and produce important environmental benefits. The award's intent is to raise awareness about native landscaping and conservation development, helping encourage others to adopt these sustainable practices.  Prairie Village was chosen for this award because of exemplary use of native landscaping, ecosystem restoration and protection, and conservation design.  The award was presented to representatives from Prairie Village and Tallgrass Restoration on Thursday, December 10th at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
 

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The Plant Corner
 
Coefficient of Conservatism:
 
Plants of the Chicago Region contains numerical information regarding the "value" of specific plant species.  This numerical information is referred to as the "coefficient of conservatism" or simply as the "C value."  The number ranges from 0-10 and is representative of how likely a plant specimen is to be found in a remnant native community (undisturbed by any human action or catastrophic event).  The higher the number, the more probable it is that a specific species could be found in a remnant community.  It should be noted that this number is not an indication of how rare a species is, but rather it attempts to describe the probability of finding a certain plant growing in a remnant community.  Plants with lower C values, such as Fireweed (Erechtites hieracifolia), are more likely to be found in disturbed areas that have recently experienced events that negatively impacted the vegetative community such as a fire or a flooding event.  Plants with higher C values, such as Purple Prairie Clover (Petalostemum purpurea), are more likely to be found in stable plant communities that have not recently been subjected to disturbance.  It is important to note that these values are based upon plant communities as they appeared before settlement.  For this reason, invasive plants are not assigned a C value because they were not part of the native landscape prior to the period of settlement.  

Native
Virginia Bluebell, Mertensia virginica
C-value = 5
 
Virginia Bluebell 
Photo by Mark Micek

The Virginia Bluebell, a perennial plant, blooms between April and May. The Virginia Bluebell is part of the Boraginaceae family. The leaves are a light green, hairless, with a smooth, soft, texture. The tubular flowers are blue to purple in color, almost resembling a trumpet. Bluebells grow in moist, rich soils, typically in woodlands or along floodplains. They can stand anywhere between 12- 24 inches.

The Latin name, Mertensia, was given to this plant by Carolus Linnaeus in honor of the German botanist Franz Mertens. This name also refers to the colony of Virginia.   
    
Due to the funnel shape of the flower, it is pollinated by bumble bees. Since bumble bees hover, they are considered very rare pollinators. Butterflies are also a common pollinator. The plant is considered an ephemeral plant (having a life cycle of only 6-8 weeks long), so the flower dies rather quickly and the plant goes dormant by early June or July.

Invasive
Red clover, Trifolium pratense
 
Red Clover 
Photo by Tallgrass Staff

Red clover is a short-lived perennial. It is native to Europe, western Asia, and northwest Africa. The leaves are alternate and contain three leaflets. The flowers are reddish pink.

The plant was introduced in many areas as a forage crop because it helps to create soil fertility. Red clover grows moderately well in acidic soils. The isoflavones and phytoestrogens are plant- derived estrogens in Red clover, used to treat the symptoms of menopause. 

Red clover is capable of creating dense stands. It is able to quickly shade out native species early in the season because like most invasive species, the plant prefers cooler temperatures and has a chance to establish before native species.  

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The Food Corner
 
Tracy's Treats

By Tracy Runice 

 

Spring! That means it's time for some of my early season picks... Morels, Asparagus and Swiss Chard

 

Asparagus Quiche

1 pie crust

7 large eggs

c half & half

2 c asparagus, chopped

c mushrooms, chopped

4-6 slices bacon, cooked & chopped

c cheese, shredded

1 tsp salt

tsp pepper

 

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Press crust into pie pan and set aside.

Whisk eggs, milk and seasonings together in a bowl, then Add the remaining ingredients.

Pour into pie pan and bake for about 1 hour or until done (look for a uniform jiggle). Tent with foil if the top becomes brown too quickly. Let set for 10 minutes before serving.

 

Quiche

 

 

Morel Mushrooms

Traditionally: lightly flower and season, then pan fry in butter until light and golden, just a minute or two on each side.

For something healthier, add them to an omelet. Morels are so delightfully delicious they really don't need anything else.

 

Moral

 

 

Sautee Swiss Chard

1 tbls butter

1 tbls olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

Salt & pepper

2 large bunches Swiss chard, roughly chopped

 

Melt butter and oil in a large pan. Add garlic, cook about 1 minute.

Stir in the chard and cover until tender, about 10 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.          

 

Chard

 

 

Chef's Bio: Tracy Runice recently received her culinary training and degree from the world renowned Kendall College in Chicago.

 

Wetland Banking

Tallgrass Restoration Expanding into Ecosystem Markets
By Claire Kralovec. Photo by Tallgrass staff.
 
Tallgrass Restoration is marrying its mission to "restore the health, integrity and beauty of our clients' land and water resources" with its business acumen by moving into the ecosystem services market. Worldwide, there is growing interest in harnessing market forces to drive conservation and restoration practices.
 

Invasive weeds now present will be replaced/managed by native plants.

Wetland Banking
The concept behind the ecosystem service markets is fairly straightforward.  Governmental bodies set environmental regulations to protect and conserve natural resources, such as wetlands, water quality, biodiversity, and air quality. Industries, municipalities, businesses, developers, and individuals whose business requires them to negatively impact the land or water must either meet these regulatory standards or "compensate" for the impacts they cannot avoid. They are able to compensate for these impacts by purchasing a "credit" to offset their negative impact on the environment.  Credit creation allows businesses to expand while meeting regulatory requirements more efficiently. Ecosystem credits are created when a producer restores or protects our environment in ways that provide the environmental services lost by the negative impact.  Some types of ecosystem credits are wetland bank credits, water quality credits, biodiversity credits and habitat credits.
 
Tallgrass Restoration's sister company, Tallgrass Land Conservation, LLC ("TGLC") was created to pursue just such opportunities in the ecosystem services market and provide these services to their clients.  TGLC is in the process of obtaining regulatory approval for its first wetland bank which will be located in Afton in southwestern Wisconsin.  The Bass Creek Wetland Bank will provide credits to offset unavoidable impacts to existing wetlands that clients   may need to make in order to meet their business needs.
 
At Bass Creek Wetland Bank, we will restore and/or create over 100 acres of wetland along the Rock River and Bass Creek.  It is an extremely degraded site that has been primarily in farm production for over a century.  The proposed bank lands will be restored to a combination of floodplain forest, wet shrub land, wet prairie, and emergent wetland (marsh) communities. The result will be a re-creation of the native communities that historically existed at the confluence of the Rock River and Bass Creek prior to 1830. The bank site will improve wildlife habitat and diversity, increase floodwater storage capacity and sediment storage capacity for Rock River and Bass Creek floodplain, reduce sedimentation and erosion, and provide passive recreational opportunities.
 
TGLC is actively pursuing wetland banking at other sites throughout Wisconsin and Illinois, and
will be able to provide credits to customers wanting to expand and grow their businesses. In addition, TGLC is participating in the development and exploration of numerous other exciting ecosystem market opportunities and will continue to be a leader in the industry.


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Tim's Spring Gardening Tips
By Tim Moritz
 
 
Tim Moritz: Tallgrass Project Manager
Tim
It is hard to believe we made it through the winter and spring is finally here.  It's that time again to start thinking seriously about your vegetable garden.  Just like in the fall, with appropriate planning you can have the earliest, most unique, juiciest, and tastiest produce this summer and be the envy of all your friends and neighbors.     
     
Planning for the summer vegetable season can never start too soon. Throughout the winter a great way to forget about the snow and cold is to think ahead to summer. Begin browsing seed catalogs and get your seeds in order as early as possible. Do not wait until May or June to start searching for your plants. Your selection will be extremely limited if you are relying on Wal-Mart or your local Big Box store. These stores typically stock the varieties of vegetables that are the hardiest and easiest to ship. They care nothing about the uniqueness or great taste of the finished fruit or vegetable. Their main concern is getting a live, green plant to the consumer. Browsing seed catalogs is by far the best way to find that unique heirloom variety that has a specific characteristic you are looking for. For example, this spring you are likely to find only three types of tomatoes at the Big Boxes: cherry tomatoes, Roma or plum tomatoes, and beefsteak or slicing tomatoes. On the other hand, take a company such as Territorial Seeds (www.territorialseed.com) for example. They offer a multitude of different tomato varieties in each of these categories. You can find the right varieties for canning or sauces, heirloom and organic varieties, and even tomatoes suited for growing in pots on your patio.    
 
Once you have your varieties picked out and ordered, it is time to germinate.  Choose a sunny warm windowsill, or a simple fluorescent shop light can be used to germinate seeds.  Plug flats with individual cells are a great way to start your seeds by keeping each plant separate.  Germinating seeds for mid-summer produce such as peppers and tomatoes can begin as early as March.  However, the earlier you start, the more transplanting you will do before the plants must go in the ground.  It's important to keep plants growing actively and to not allow them to become root bound.  Once a plant is established in its pot, it should be transplanted to a larger sized pot.  With the appropriate planning, you can have 1-2 ft. tall tomatoes in 3 gallon pots to plant in May when your friends and neighbors are out buying little 2in. bedding plants from the local store.  This in turn will result in an earlier harvest as well.  By starting your plants indoors you are essentially extending your growing season, which means you will have earlier and longer harvests.     
     
While starting plants early indoors is an important part of planning your summer vegetable garden, special attention should also be given to the soil. If you are planning on creating planting beds or removing turf areas to make a vegetable garden, you can start preparing the soil as soon as the snow melts. Eradicate any turf and/or weeds growing first. Organic soil amendments such as manure, compost, and mulch will not only provide nutrition to your plants, they will also help increase the moisture holding capacity of the soil. During early spring, these amendments, in addition to organic fertilizers, can be worked into the soil to give the soil a chance to begin the decomposition process essential for nutrients in the organic matter to be available to growing plants. Putting wooden or stone borders around your garden will also help define your space, and make weeding easier. Lastly, in most areas a barrier such as a chicken wire fence will prevent frustrations in the end by keeping rabbits out of the garden.       
     
After the vegetables are in the ground, it is very important to scout for and prevent pests and diseases. Many people do not believe in using chemicals on their home gardens and prefer a more organic approach to vegetable gardening. Monitoring and scouting for pests then becomes even more important. It is critical to become familiar with some of the common insect pests that affect most species of vegetables, along with a few insects that target specific species. For example, whiteflies, aphids, and spider mites may affect your entire vegetable garden, whereas insects such as cucumber beetles only affect species within the cucumber family.       
     
One of the best organic techniques to prevent insect damage is through beneficial insects. Beneficial insects eat other insect pests, and most often these beneficial insects make their homes from native plants. Lady bugs, praying mantes, and predatory aphids will all help control pests, and by having native grasses and forbs planted near your garden, you will help attract these insects and allow them to thrive. Plant your coneflowers, blazing stars, and native grasses in the same vicinity to your vegetable garden and you can help ensure your success this summer. Follow all these tips and your garden will be the envy of the neighborhood!    
 

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A School - Community Partnership
By Noelle Hoeffner. Photos by Tallgrass staff. 
 
 
Tallgrass Restoration's Matt Hokanson explaining the day's restoration activities to the Elgin High School students
EHS
 
 
On Thursday, February 4, 2010, Tallgrass Restoration joined Elgin High School for the second year during their restoration workday.  Close to 180 Environmental Science students from Deb Perryman's, Brigid Trimble's, and Barbara Roth's classes joined us in their outdoor classroom, a 40 acre Oak/Hickory Woodland in the Polar Creek watershed.  Tallgrass Restoration's Mark Micek and Matt Hokanson led the day off by explaining to the students what it was that we were clearing and the benefits of invasive species removal.  Then the students and Tallgrass Restoration helped to clear invasive brush by cutting and dragging it into brush piles that will later be burned.  They were removing species such as buckthorn, honeysuckle, and multi-floral rose.  Between last year and this year this event has led to the clearing of 1.5 acres within the woodland.
 
 
EHS student teacher, Brigid and Deb
EHS
 
This woodland is a rare and unique ecosystem in Elgin with a Spring-fed Fen; in the early spring months, skunk cabbage is the first to bloom all throughout the site.  During the summer columbine, shooting star, and Dutchman's breeches are found blooming along the Poplar Creek.
 
 
EHS students clearing invasives
EHS
 
If you are interested in learning more about what these Elgin High School teachers do every day in their classrooms, you can contact them at Elgin High School or via email at:
 

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Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2010
By Noelle Hoeffner.
 
Earth Day Logo: http://www.sacramentoearthday.net/pics/2009LogoPoster/SacEarthDay.LOGO.jpg  

Earth DayThe Modern Environmental Movement of the 1970s led to the first Earth Day on April 22nd.    The original Earth Day movement stems primarily from society's reaction to the adverse effects of industrial growth. Starting in 1962, Gaylord Nelson, Founder and Wisconsin Senator, slowly helped Earth Day evolve for about seven years prior to the actual Earth Day. His persuasions throughout the years consisted of going on a national conservation tour. This was a five-day, eleven-state tour that took place in 1963. He was concerned to find that environmental issues were not on everyone's agenda. After surveying an oil spill in Santa Barbara, the idea occurred to him to organize a grassroots protest, which later became Earth Day. Internationally, Earth Day is celebrated on March 20th- 21st because of the Vernal Equinox, when the sun crosses the equator. This marks the first day of spring for the northern hemisphere, and the first day of autumn south of the equator. During this time, night and day is the same length everywhere on earth. The UN celebrates by ringing the UN Peace Bell at the very moment of the Equinox. Earth Day turned out to be an extraordinarily successful event. It was celebrated in many countries. Earth Day changed the face of environmental issues and brought 20 million Americans together to demonstrate their concern for the environment. The Earth Day movement also brought way to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") by President Nixon and the adoption of major environmental laws such as the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Safe Drinking Water Acts. In 1995, Gaylord Nelson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton for his role in founding Earth Day, and raising concern for environmental issues. Over the years, participation of Earth Day has dropped significantly. Recognize Earth Day and help bring back the importance of it - volunteer with your local Forest Preserve District or non-profit organization during their efforts to restore the environment. Also on Earth Day, if you usually drive to work, consider taking the train or bus. If you do not recycle, recycle for the day, and pick up trash on your lunch time walk or on the way into the office. This year is Earth Day's 40th Anniversary - celebrate the Earth! 

 
Events for Earth Day 2010:
 
Illinois
 
Earth Day Event: Go Green at Crabtree Nature Center
Crabtree Nature Center, (847) 381-6592
April, 22nd, 2010
10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
 
"Acts of Green" Teen Service Project
Saturday, April 17, 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day by volunteering at Palatine's Deer Grove Forest Preserve in a restoration project. We will work with the Deer Grove Natural Areas Volunteer group through the Cook Country Forest Preserve District. You'll enjoy a short nature walk, learn about Deer Grove and its history, and find out how to identify local and invasive plant species. Tools and gloves are provided, but dress for weather and off -trail work. Register beginning Thursday, April 1.  
http://www.ppld.alibrary.com/Newteenpage/my%20library.htm
  
Join the Valley of the Fox's Water Sentinels on Saturday, April 24th, for their annual Fox River streambank cleanup. This Earth Day event is sponsored by the Sierra Club Water Sentinels with support from the City of Aurora, Aurora Township and the Fox Valley Park District, as well as a grant from the Illinois EPA. http://connect.sierraclub.org/Team/Valley_of_the_Fox_Water_Sentinels.

Volunteer Opportunities:

McHenry County Conservation District
http://www.mccdistrict.org/web/ge-workdays.htm 
 
Forest Preserve District of Cook County
http://www.fpdccvolunteers.org/
 
 
Forest Preserve District of Kane County
http://www.kaneforest.com/volunteer/workdays.aspx 
 
 

Wisconsin

Taste Traditions of Wisconsin: Earth Day Dinner
Join the museum and Organic Valley to celebrate Earth Day with a dinner featuring some of Wisconsin's finest ingredients. In 2004, Organic Valley originated the Earth Dinner as a way for people to enjoy an evening of local, seasonal and organic foods and have meaningful conversation about food, farming, the earth and how we connect to it all.
 
Date: April 22, 2010
Event Times: 6:30 pm-9:00 pm
E-mail: museum@wisconsinhistory.org
Phone: 608-264-6555
Fax: 608-264-6575
 
Arboretum Earth Day Project
Saturday, April 24 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering for restoration activities. Tools and training are provided. Time slots for groups are available with advance notice. Meet at the front steps of the Visitor Center. For more information, call 608-265-5214 or email mlfarrior@wisc.edu.
 
 
Green Tips:
1) Use a re-usable grocery bag, you can find them at your local grocery or retail store for a dollar. 
2) Use a re-useable water bottle or coffee cup. Preferably stainless steel to avoid BPA and leaching.
3) Purchase organic, local meats, fruits, and vegetables.
4) Turn off your lights and unplug your appliances when they are not in use.
 

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Click HERE for "Ask the Ecologist"!!!
Seed 
Native Seed for Sale!  If you are either looking for seed to create your own natural garden or would like some help with installation, Tallgrass can help.  Please contact us for a native seed quote. 
 
info@tallgrassrestoration.com
 
 
Tallgrass Announcements
 

Check out our Facebook page in order to view pictures of our recent clearing project and prescribed burns!

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Tallgrass Anniversaries
 

February:

Jay Yunker - 3 yrs.

Mary Kaufman - 2 yrs.

March:

Doug DeWitt - 7 yrs.

Fred Kieltyka - 1 yr.

John Shannon - 1 yr.

 

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Upcoming Events and Conferences

Day of Service
Several different locations
Saturday, May 8th, 2010
9am - 12pm
 
 
Visit Tallgrass Restoration at a number of different events this spring. 
 
Frog Monitoring Field Workshop
Spring Creek Headwaters Preserve Saturday, May 8th, 5-10pm

Join local steward and frog monitor, Matt Hokanson, at Spring Creek Forest Preserve for a night of frog fun. We will spend a couple of hours doing some restoration activities, break for some snacks and a short presentation, and then head out into the night to listen to some frogs and their mating calls. Come and learn all you can about frogs, their habitat, and how we are trying to restore it. Also, find out how you can become a monitor. Bring your family and friends. All ages are welcome. For more information, contact Matt Hokanson at 708-408-2933. The Headwaters parking lot is located north of I-90, on Rt. 72, Higgins Rd. just west of Rt. 59.

 

 

Our Earth Day Events:

 
Date: Saturday, April 24
Time:9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Program Information: Earth Day Celebration! Join us at Spring Creek Forest Preserve for a day of restoration work, lunch (provided by Whole Foods), guest speakers, and educational tours of the area. This is an all day event but you are welcome to participate for how long and whenever you would like. Please dress appropriately for the weather and working outdoors. Spring Creek Forest Preserve is located in Barrington Hills on Route 72 (Higgins Road) north of I-90. Turn north on Wichman Road to the Headwaters parking lot (1 mile west of Route 59).

 

 

Kankakee Community College Sustainability Expo

Kankakee Community College
12:00pm - 6:00pm, Thursday April 22, 2010
Kankakee Community College will mark the 40th Anniversary of EARTH Day and the importance of living more "Sustainably" by hosting its Fourth Annual Sustainability Week on campus.

 

 
2nd Annual "Going Green" Information Fair
Mc Henry County Administration Building
Conference Rooms A, B, and C
667 Ware Rd.
Woodstock, IL 60098
12:00 pm- 2:00 pm , Friday, April, 23 2010
In celebration of Earth Week, McHenry County's Green Team is hosting a "Going Green" Information Fair. Reduce Energy Consumption, Water Use, Waste, and your Carbon Footprint.  Protect the Environment and Water Resources.  For more information, contact Adam Lehmann at 815-334-0309. 
  
 

Evansville Community Energy Fair

Community Partnership
Evansville, WI
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm, April 23, 2010
The event features exhibits on renewable energy with a variety of topics from energy efficient appliances to wind energy to sustainable agriculture. Over seventy businesses and organizations from all over the Midwest signed up to have an exhibit, including alternative energy demonstrations on wind power, soybean based fuels, and solar energy as well as nature and earth exhibits. 

   
 
Bartlett Park District Earth Day 2010
Bartlett Nature Center, James '"Pate" Phillip State Park 
12:00 pm - 4:00pm, April 24, 2010
Party with the planet! Come celebrate Earth Day's 40th birthday with The Bartlett Nature Center and Bartlett Parks Foundation at our 10th annual Earth Day event.
http://www.bartlettparks.org/Nature-Center/programs-events.asp
 

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More About Tallgrass

Tallgrass Core Values #5, 6 

5. We stress creativity and imagination in everything we do. While recognizing that the old way may still be the best way, we constantly strive to find a better solution to a client's problems. We aspire to pioneer practices and techniques that will become standard in the industry.

6. We make an unusual effort to identify and recruit the very best person for every job. Although our activities are measured in millions of dollars, we select our people one by one. In a service business, we know that without the best people, we cannot be the best firm.



Tallgrass Contact Information

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

 

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

 

Illinois and Wisconsin
 Ron Adams, V.P. General Manager         
ron.adams@tallgrassrestoration.com 
 Noelle Hoeffner, Marketing Coordinator    noelle.hoeffner@tallgrassrestoration.com
 Mike Fitzpatrick, President                     mike.fitzpatrick@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 and other ecological solutions including landscape design, conservation development, and wetland banking initiatives. 
 

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Thanks for reading the spring issue of A Tallgrass Legacy. Look for our summer issue in July!
 
Sincerely,
 
Your Friends at Tallgrass Restoration