Tallgrass Restoration, LLC
A Tallgrass LegacyWinter News
January 2011 - Vol. 3 Iss. 1
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  The Tallgrass family wishes each of you a happy and prosperous New Year.  Thank you for your business this past year and we look forward to working with you in 2011. 
We hope you enjoy reading our newsletters as much as we enjoy writing them.  As always, send any comments, suggestions or thoughts to: info@tallgrassrestoration.com
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Client ProfileKerry Ingredients & Flavours, Beloit, Wisconsin
KerryKerry Ingredients & Flavours has long had a presence in the Beloit community of southern Wisconsin, but not until it expanded operations did it really become visible. Standing opposite Hormel Foods' giant tower of Chili along interstate 39, Kerry gives travelers a view fitting of its location.

The Plant Corner
CupThis edition of The Plant Corner highlights the native species:
 - Cup Plant

and the Invasive Species:
 - Purple Loosestrife

Three of our clients, Whippoorwill Farm, The Estates at Inverness Ridge and the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center have been selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Chicago Wilderness for a 2010 Conservation and Native Landscaping Award.

Government Programs
For the next few issues, we are going to spotlight different governmental programs which can help fund ecological restoration on private property. The first program is the CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM (CRP).
What Happens to Animals in the Winter
What happens to butterflies in the winter? Where do fish go in the winter? Find the answers here!
The Ecologist Responds
Thanks to all who have submitted questions to Ask the Ecologist! We've received inquires on a number of topics, but one particular question stood out this past edition: Which is more beneficial, a spring or a fall burn?

Tracy's Treats
Recipes! Check out Tracy's Treats for some great recipes.


Barn Quilts as a Way to Remember Local Heritage 



Driving throughout southern Wisconsin, travelers can see colorful quilt squares adorning Walworth, Green and Rock County barn sides.



Something to Brighten the February Doldrums


AmaryllisDuring the holidays, we all reminisce about traditions that we followed as a child. A wonderful tradition is to plant Amaryllis bulbs in an indoor pot during the Christmas holidays and then be rewarded with beautiful blooms in the depths of winter. 



Winter Green and Gardening Tips

More than 20 gardening and green-living tips to apply in and around your home this winter. 


Beetles Battle Beautiful Invasive
At first blush, the rows of lovely purple blooms of the purple loosestrife may seem a desirable addition to our landscape. However, its pleasing appearance conceals a very real threat to our ecosystem.

Plant I.D. Quiz
ID Quiz
Take 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!



Ask the Ecologist
Ask your friendly neighborhood Tallgrass Ecologist that eco-question you've always wanted to ask.
More Articles and Links 

Client Profile

Photos by Tallgrass Staff


Our clients are the backbone of our company and our existing partnerships help us to grow. To help maintain our consistently high level of client service and satisfaction, we will be highlighting a variety of client projects in this newsletter and editions to come. If you are a Tallgrass client, past or present, and would like to be featured in a future Client Profile, please contact: customer.relations@tallgrassrestoration.com.

Kerry Ingredients & Flavours, Beloit, Wisconsin 

KerryKerry Ingredients & Flavours has long had a presence in the Beloit community of southern Wisconsin, but not until it expanded operations did it really become visible. Standing opposite Hormel Foods' giant tower of Chili along interstate 39, Kerry gives travelers a view fitting of its location.
Starting in 2007, Tallgrass began working with Kerry to seed and maintain its first 15 acre parcel. Wanting to convert an existing agriculture field to prairie, they were paving the way for future plans to expand the site. 

In 2008, Kerry broke ground to expand its facility, displacing earth and the surrounding natural areas with the construction of a 200,000 square foot building. Calling on Tallgrass once again, Kerry remedied the disturbed soil with grading, weed eradication, and planting. In areas where displaced soil was piled and impeding natural water flow, the ground was graded and seeded. The two ponds on the property were cleaned of invasives and planted with over 10,000 native plugs. Over time the prairie plant root system will grow long and will prevent erosion. Additionally, 44 acres were planted with native seed.


Today, just over two years into stewardship of the site, travelers through southern Wisconsin have an even brighter alternative sight to the giant chili can - a restored prairie donning black-eyed-susan, purple prairie clover and wild bergamot, among dozens of other beneficial species.
Readers are welcome to visit Tallgrass' office just 20 minutes past Beloit, and view the Kerry site as they pass by along the way.




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Barn Quilts as a Way to Remember Local Heritage

Photos by Tallgrass Staff 

Driving throughout southern Wisconsin, travelers can see colorful quilt squares adorning Walworth, Green and Rock County barn sides.

These quilt squares first got their start in Ohio in 2001 when a resident painted one on her tobacco barn to honor her mother, a master quilter. Soon the project expanded to neighbors and travelers came from afar to see them. Today the quilting project idea has spread throughout the Midwest with the purpose of promoting local heritage, highlighting the architecture and history of the area, encouraging economic development and tourism, and educating the public about the art and history of quilting.

The star patterned barn quilt that will adorn the red barn at Tallgrass Farm was chosen by Tallgrass employees. The 8-pointed "Lone Star" pattern was one used as the Native American greeting "hello friend." Native American tribes lived in the area before the early 1800s. Tallgrass Farms' star is adorned with the colors of the Tallgrass logo.
           Quilt                              Tallgrass logo

As part of the Rock County Barn Quilt Project, Tallgrass Farm will be listed on local tourism publications advertising driving tours to see each of the County's quilts.

The Area visitors can watch for our gesture "hello friend" to arrive soon!

Learn more about the Barn Quilt Project at:


The Plant Corner


In each newsletter, our ecologists will highlight one native plant species and one invasive plant species found in our region.   

Cup Plant (silphium perfoliatum L.)
CupThis cheerful plant with its yellow daisy-like flowers on long, stout stalks is a native of the tallgrass prairie.  It can reach heights of 8 to 10 feet and blooms from July through October.  Cup plant seeds are quite large (almost the size of a sunflower seed) and provide a generous amount of protein to birds and other wildlife who seek out the seeds in the fall.

Even more interesting than the flowers are the leaves from which this plant gets its name. The leaves are opposite one another on the stem and fuse together at the base to form a "cup" that often holds a significant amount of water. Sometimes insects and small birds will drink from the cup.


The cup plant, besides being decorative, has been used for a variety of purposes.  Its most common use by native Americans was as chewing gum.  When the top of a cup plant stalk was snapped off, a large blob of resinous sap would slowly ooze out and eventually harden.  This hardened sap could be chewed and is said to freshen breath.  Some tribes, like the Winnebagos, attached great importance to the plant.  Believing that it had supernatural powers, braves would drink a concoction derived from the rhizome to purify themselves before embarking on a buffalo hunt or other important undertaking.  The Chippewas used an extract from the roots for back and chest pains, to prevent excessive menstrual bleeding, and as a means to stop hemorrhaging from the lungs.

Purple Loosestrife
Purple Loosestrife is a perennial herb 3 to 7 feet tall with a dense bushy growth of 1 to 50 stems.  The stems, which range from green to purple, die back each year, and it sports purple to magenta showy flowers which bloom from July to September.  Leaves are opposite, nearly linear, and attached to four-sided stems without stalks.  It has a large, woody taproot with fibrous rhizomes that form a dense mat.  For more information on the Purple Loosestrife, see the article below entitled "Beetled Battle Beautiful Invasive."

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Something to Brighten the February Doldrums



During the holidays, we all reminisce about traditions that we followed as a child. A wonderful tradition is to plant Amaryllis bulbs in an indoor pot during the Christmas holidays and then be rewarded with beautiful blooms in the depths of winter. Here are some helpful tips for the plating and care of an Amaryllis. Good Luck!

The amaryllis is the easiest bulb to bring to bloom. This can be accomplished indoors or out. The amaryllis comes in many beautiful varieties including various shades of red, white, pink, salmon and orange.

Preparation for Planting
The base and roots of the bulb should be placed in lukewarm water for a few hours.

Plant bulb up to its neck in a nutritious potting compost, being careful not to damage the roots. Tamp the soil down firmly to set the bulb securely in place after planting.


Placement and Watering
Plant the bulb in a pot in a warm spot with direct light since heat is necessary for its development. The perfect temperature is 68 to 70 degrees F. Water sparingly until the stem appears, then gradually water more as the bud and leaves appear.

Flowering Period
Bulbs will flower in 7-10 weeks as a general rule.

After-Bloom Care
After the amaryllis has stopped flowering, you can force it to flower again by following these steps: (1) cut the old flowers from the stem, and when the stem starts to sag, cut it back to the top of the bulb; (2) continue to water for up to six months, allowing the leaves to fully develop and grow; (3) the leaves will begin to yellow in the early fall. You should cut them back to about two inches from the top of the bulb and remove the bulb from the soil; (4) clean the bulb and place it in a cool, dark place (such as the crisper of your refrigerator) for a minimum of six weeks. Caution: Do not store amaryllis bulbs in a refrigerator that contains apples, this will sterilize the bulbs; (6) after six weeks you may remove bulbs and plant them eight weeks before you would like them to bloom.


Three of our clients, Whippoorwill Farm, The Estates at Inverness Ridge and the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center have been selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Chicago Wilderness for a 2010 Conservation and Native Landscaping Award.

In 2006, Tallgrass Restoration was contracted to provide restoration for Whippoorwill Farm. Our project manager, Doug DeWitt, has worked closely with them restoring the site according to the management plan (including, but not limited to, prescribed burns, sowing native seed, removal of invasive species, spot herbiciding and selective mowing). Whippoorwill Farm was recognized for the transformation of its "buckthorn thicket into a living laboratory to find the most effective way to reclaim the land from this pervasive invasive tree."

This was Tallgrass' second year working at The Estates at Inverness Ridge. In April, a group of homeowners took part in a buy-in seeding program. Seed was purchased by private homeowners and Tallgrass drill seeded it into the conservancy areas to help enhance the appearance of the natural areas in individuals' back yards. During the growing season Tallgrass made seven visits to control invasive species. The main targets were sweet clover and Canada thistle. The Estates was recognized for the preservation of 80 acres of wetlands, prairie, and woodlands that make up half of the total development acreage. A particular note was "the 50-foot-wide corridor along the length of Poplar Creek and its tributary, which serve to enhance biodiversity and protect water quality in their community.

In 2011, a plug planting is planned similar to the seeding done in 2010, where homeowners will have the opportunity to purchase plant material for the conservancy areas in their respective back yards.

Tallgrass has been working at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center since 2007 where they installed a native buffer around their central entryway pond, and enhanced many of the other lagoons. Over the past three years, Tallgrass has also been working hard to remove the dense population of cattails and encourage a diverse, native shoreline. Tallgrass also helps maintain the native bioswales that the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center has located throughout their main parking areas. The construction of 7.5 acres of ponds, wetlands and prairie surrounding the hotel and convention center was recognized due to the sheer volume of detention drainage being provided onsite. The Environmental Protection Agency and Chicago Wilderness felt that the use of native plantings to help clean stormwater and trap nutrients was extremely important to the environment.

The 2010 Conservation and Native Landscaping Award ceremony will be held on Friday, January, 28, 2011.

Congratulations to all three clients: Whippoorwill Farm, the Estates at Inverness Ridge and the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center and kudos to Tallgrass Restoration for a job well done!!

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Winter Green and Gardening Tips


1. While your garden sleeps, why not take the time to read up on new garden techniques or new plant varieties - plan your garden for next year. You can think about what plants you'd like to grow, and how to design your garden.

2. Browse through seed catalogs on a cold and dreary day while sitting near the fire with a cup of coffee. Make a list of everything you would like to order, set a budget and make some hard decisions.

3. Go to every single flower show you can find - what a great way to spend an afternoon with friends!

4. Transplant, divide and do root cuttings of your houseplants.

5. Start annual and vegetable seeds in March in a sunny window.

6. Start an indoor herb garden - there are lots of kits available to make it easy.


1. As long as the soil is unfrozen, plant trees and bulbs.

2. Keep your bird feeders well-stocked.

3. Use branches from cut Christmas trees to shelter garden plants.

4. Turn your compost.

5. Do some late winter pruning.

6. Check on those stored summer tubers and bulbs.

7. Use snow or mulch as a good cover for plants.

8. Try planting a few plants that stay green throughout the winter like holly or evergreens. Also, large plants such as witch hazel will add color in late winter or early spring.

9. Remember that shrubs that produce berries in late fall and winter will supply local wildlife with a source of food.

10. Make repairs to fencing, garden walls, paths and tools. Decide if older tools need replacing. Mark areas for new garden space.

11. Keep in mind that salt from sidewalks and roads harm plants.


Winter Green Tips


1. Buy a programmable thermostat; program the temperature to be about 8 degrees cooler when you're away from home or asleep and make sure to use "hold" or "vacation" when you're out of town. You can reduce energy bills about $180 a year.

2. Change your furnace filter ONLY when it's dirty.

3. Buy a weatherproofing kit for your windows and doors to prevent drafts.

4. Hunt for air leaks. Once you seal any problem spots, you could save up to 20 percent on energy costs.

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Government Programs

For the next few issues, we are going to spotlight different governmental programs which can help fund ecological restoration on private property. The first program is the CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM (CRP).

The purpose of a CRP program is to reduce erosion, increase wildlife habitat, improve water quality and increase forestland.  It is a wonderful program for a landowner who would like to convert cropland to a more native landscape.  A landowner sets aside land that has been cultivated and instead makes changes to the land that will enhance the ecological value of the property.  For example, a landowner may be required to plant a native vegetative cover or a wildlife food plot that would serve as food for wildlife.  In exchange, the landowner receives rental payments for taking the land out of cultivation.

In order to be eligible, a producer must have owned or operated the land for at least 12 months prior to the close of the CRP sign-up period.  Their land must be either cropland that was planted in an agricultural commodity four of the previous six crop years from 1996 to 2001.

Sign up for CRP is only during designated sign-up periods.  For information on upcoming sign-ups, contact your local Farm Service Agency office.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call either of our offices and we can help you to navigate the program.

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Beetles Battle Beautiful Invasive

Using Biocontrol to help manage purple loosestrife

Purple   Beetle

At first blush, the rows of lovely purple blooms of the purple loosestrife may seem a desirable addition to our landscape. However, its pleasing appearance conceals a very real threat to our ecosystem. Purple loosestrife, an aggressive perennial plant of European origin, systematically crowds out native wetland vegetation. The plant is widely distributed throughout the United States, is becoming more abundant along the Mississippi River in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, and ultimately could become the dominant plant.
Purple loosestrife is known for its amazing seed production, producing up to three million seeds per plant, which are small and easily dispersed by wind. Not only are the seeds spread easily, but the plant is extremely hard to remove once it takes hold. The shallow, woody root system forms a dense mat, making adult plants difficult to pull. Moreover, if the entire root is not removed it will resprout. Mowing actually makes it worse because the stem pieces will send out new roots which eventually become anchored and begin new colonies. A final menacing characteristic of the purple loosestrife is that the seeds remain viable for years when submerged and need only a dry season to resprout.
Purple loosestrife has little or no value as habitat or food for wetland animals. Waterfowl avoid wetlands that have become dominated by purple loosestrife. Purple loosestrife overcomes native cattails which are important to nesting waterfowl. In addition, the seed does not provide food for songbirds, nor does the plant provide habitat for muskrats. The loss of waterfowl habitat also decreases the acreage available for hunting.
Unfortunately, the conventional control methods like hand pulling, cutting, flooding, herbicides, and plant competition have not been very effective in controlling purple loosestrife. Biological control (biocontrol), using a living organism to control a pest, has now been introduced as an innovative way to deal with this ecological threat. The Wisconsin DNR coordinates a statewide biocontrol program that was developed after many years of field testing to ensure that there would not be detrimental effects. Illinois also implemented such a program in 1994.
The most successful biocontrols known for purple loosestrife are the Galerucella beetles. The leaf-feeding beetles reduce the growth and reproduction of purple loosestrife by feeding on the leaves of purple loosestrife and laying their eggs on them. Once the eggs have hatched, the larvae feed on the leaves and stems as they move down into the soil. The larvae cause the most damage to the plant and reduce the number of seeds produced. The beetles feed primarily upon purple loosestrife and, although they feed sparingly on a few native species, the risk to these species in releasing the beetle is much lower than it would be if the purple loosestrife were allowed to thrive. Once the loosestrife is controlled, beetles either move on to a new site with loosestrife or die out. In addition, the Galerucella beetles have many predators and are eaten by a variety of birds and insects.
This experiment has been successfully implemented in a number of locations throughout Wisconsin and Illinois since 1994, including many hydroelectric dam projects in Wisconsin. The results are still being monitored, but they are very promising with up to a 90% reduction in purple loosestrife seen in some instances. The goal is not to eradicate purple loosestrife, since that would be almost impossible but to decrease the number of plants, the size of the plants, and the vigor and seed production of the plants. Monitoring shows that the beetles have been successful in doing this, thus increasing the diversity of the native species. This amazing innovation has allowed native plants to flourish once again.

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What Happens to Animals in the Winter  


BUTTERFLIES - What happens to butterflies in the winter? Butterflies have devised several strategies for surviving during the long, cold months of an Illinois winter.   One of the most common methods to deal with winter is to head south. Each fall, Illinois monarchs head south to central Mexico to spend the winter. Most make it through the winter and head north in spring, laying eggs as they go. Some make it all the way to Illinois to lay eggs for a new crop of monarchs. 


Since caterpillars cannot fly, they will likely spend the winter as a leaf-brown chrysalis attached to the stem of its last meal. Other butterflies that do not migrate spend winter usually hidden under loose bark, or in any appropriate crack or crevice. Some species, such as the painted lady, cloudless sulfur, and buckeye, rarely survive an Illinois winter and must enter Illinois each spring to reproduce and eventually colonize nearly every county.


GeeseCANADA GEESE IN ILLINOIS - In Illinois, the "V" wedges of Canada geese can fill the late afternoon sky on any given day.  Most geese now congregate on a series of state and federal wildlife refuges across southern Illinois: Rend Lake, Crab Orchard Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Union County Conservation Area. During any January wildlife biologists count around 500,000 geese in southern Illinois.


The migration of geese from the north is an annual event. In some years, most geese arrive around the end of December. Geese need very cold weather and at least 10 to 20 inches of snow cover to trigger their southward trek. The lack of open land for foraging and open water triggers the migration, not the cold weather.


Geese generally delay their migration until the hunting season is over. Once hunting season ends, the geese soon scatter across the state, feeding in corn stubble, and occupying any available lake, pond, or wetland.


WHERE DO FISH GO IN THE WINTER? - Do you ever consider where all the fish are when the lakes or ponds are frozen? Where do fish go when the temperature falls and ice forms each winter? The answer is simple-they don't go anywhere. Ice floats. Water freezes from the top down, forming an insulating layer that actually allows the bottom of a lake or pond to remain liquid. Most lakes never freeze completely, and thus the fish can survive all year long. Anyone who braves the cold for ice fishing will tell you there are plenty of fish around.?


However, fish in the smaller creeks are not so lucky. With all of the water tied up in snow or ice on land, creeks lose their water source and some dry up completely. Many fish are left stranded in drying pools.



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The Ecologist Responds  

Thanks to all who have submitted questions to Ask the Ecologist! We've received inquires on a number of topics, but one particular question stood out this past edition: Which is more beneficial, a spring or a fall burn?

Our experienced ecologists and burn crew leaders put their heads together, and after some debate, collaborated on the following response.


Which is more beneficial, a spring or a fall burn?


Essentially there is very little overall difference between performing a spring or a fall burn. Generally, both times will provide the same standard benefits to the plant community. While burning is not a silver bullet in the eradication of weeds, and other methods should be used in conjunction with burning in order to yield the greatest results, it does have some major benefits. They include recycling nutrients into the ground, clearing duff which allows more room for plant growth in the following season, and eradication of some weeds including invading shrubs like buckthorn. 


Ecologically speaking, there are only a few reasons why one might want to specify one season over the next.



A fall burn benefits:

Woodland areas with lots of spring-blooming ephemeral plants. These plants mature more slowly and can set back a woodland restoration project a year or two if too many of these plants are actively growing.

Wetlands with healthy populations of reptiles and amphibians. These critters dig into the ground over winter and will start to emerge once things begin to thaw out. Wetland burns performed too late in the spring, or on warm days, run the risk of killing off many of these animals which cannot easily escape the flames.

Clearing ground of vegetation in preparation for fall dormant seeding.

A spring burn benefits:

Areas where fire tolerant plants exist and are young.

Areas with erosion issues. Burning in spring is better because the soil is only typically exposed for 2-4 weeks before new growth begins. Fall burns can leave soil exposed and prone to erosion over the winter.

One reference suggests that fall burns favor forbs and spring burns favor grasses. Though this comes from a very well written restoration guide, The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook for Prairies, Savannas and Woodlands, we have seen no practical evidence to support it.


The time available to burn each season can differ drastically. At Tallgrass, our fall burn window typically starts around the 2nd week of November and only lasts until about the first snowfall, around the first week of December. Due to the dynamic weather this (Midwest) region experiences, we experience very few good burn days in the fall; as few as 3 and as many as 20.

The spring typically offers 20+ days on average for burning. Spring burns may happen as early as mid March and continue through the first couple weeks of May. Obviously rain is a big issue in the spring, but often with temperatures above 40 degrees, we can burn one or two days after a rain fall.

This year was a strange one because though we had a dry fall, we did not get a good killing frost until early November. This means much vegetation did not start to brown until a week later, significantly shortening the window for prairies and wetlands. Woodlands with a good leaf layer, however, were burnable starting late October.

So, without evidence of significant ecological benefits, preference for a fall burn over a spring burn or vice versa, is very much dependent upon the intent for the area and the allowable time window. Ideally, rotating burn seasons will provide the greatest results, but burning whenever possible, even in winter, is the ultimate goal.

Keep your questions coming! We will have a response back to you right away, and who knows.... your question might be highlighted in our next newsletter.


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Tracy's Treats

by Tracy Runice


Football season is when I work on perfecting some of my most favorite hand held foods. Practice for one of my big days... SUPER BOWL Sunday entertaining!

The menu this year?? PULLED PORK sandwiches with homemade SWEET BBQ SAUCE


The best and easiest way to cook pork for this sandwich is simply cooking a piece of pork of just about any cut in your crock pot until it's tender and pulls away with just a fork. Season the meat lightly with salt and pepper while at the start of cooking. 

1 c ketchup
c brown sugar
1 lemon, juiced
1 tbls molasses
1 tbls Worchestershire
tsp liquid smoke
1 tsp dry mustard
tsp onion powder
tsp black pepper

Whisk together over a medium simmer until thick and flavorful. 10-15 minutes. 

Homemade HOT WINGS
Starting with a family-size pack of chicken wings or drummies, clean and marinate them in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before cooking.
Preheat oven to 400. 

c vegetable oil
tsp pepper
tsp cayenne pepper
Dash of hot sauce

Cover a cookie sheet with tin foil and spray with cooking spray. This will significantly reduce the amount of cleaning time later and save the life of your bake ware.
Spread the marinated chicken pieces on the pan in a single layer and cook for 30 minutes.
Serve with blue cheese dressing. 







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




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Tallgrass Announcements

Tallgrass Anniversaries

November - Jim Papa (3 years)

December - Tracy Runice (6 years)

January - Mark Micek (11 years)

Upcoming Events:


January 27 & 28, 2011

Soaring to New Heights Conference, booth # 1420 and a featured Green Exhibitor!

By the Illinois Association of Park Districts, Hilton Chicago



January 27 & 28, 2011

Mid-American Horticultural Trade Show

Tallgrass' very own MARK MICEK will be a guest speaker at the event

Navy Pier, Chicago



January 28 & 29, 2011

29th Annual Conference and Trade Show

By Community Associations Institute, Arlington Park Racetrack, Arlington Heights, Illinois



February 11 - 13, 2011

Madison Garden Expo

Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin



February 17, 2011

Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association (MELA) Annual Conference

The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois



February 25, 2011

ProposalPalooza 2011

By Vangaurd Community Management at Stonegate Conference Centre, Hoffman Estates


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More About Tallgrass
Tallgrass Core Values #11, 12 

11. We constantly strive to anticipate the rapidly changing needs of our clients and to develop new services to meet those needs. We know that the world of restoration will not stand still and that complacency can lead to extinction.  

12. Our business is highly competitive, and we aggressively seek to expand our client relationships. However, we must always be fair competitors and must never denigrate other firms.

Tallgrass Contact Information




Project Ecologists


Willie Bridgeman


Doug DeWitt


Mark Micek


Troy Showerman






Project Ecologists


Chris Kaplan


Jordan Rowe




Illinois and Wisconsin


Ron Adams, President


Tracy Runice - Customer Service, General Information, Bonding, Compliance or Insurance 




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


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