Prairies consisting of grasses and forbs, are an important part of any ecosystem where they occur. They provide key habitat for many species of wildli

prairie

Prairies consisting of grasses and forbs, are an important part of any ecosystem where they occur. They provide key habitat for many species of wildlife, serving as important breeding, feeding, nesting, and brood-rearing centers.

Prairie plants encourage infiltration of water into the soil because their root systems are deep. Better percolation increases recharge of ground water. Besides making better use of water, they are very efficient at removing nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium from the soil. These long-lived plants can tolerate seasonal flooding, drought, and other severe environmental events.

Fires, whether occurring naturally or lit deliberately by Native Americans, played a dominant role in the ecosystem because they encouraged native grasses and wildflower to grow and discouraged the encroachment of trees and shrubs.

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Join The Prairie Restoration Project

Our Mission

Is to establish, restore, or maintain prairies within the greater Chicago area by volunteering!

info@sustainablereturn.org

http://www.sustainablereturn.org

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Past and Ongoing Projects

Controlled Burn at Angelic Organics

Members of the Tai Chi Center of Chicago joined Stuart Goldman, a naturalist from the Cook County Forest Preserve, Laurel Ross, a botanist from the Field Museum, and John Diversey, a steward of prairie land on the farm of Angelic Organics (Rockford IL.), in a controlled "burn."

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Stuart Goldman starts things off.

 
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Hot blaze

 
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Pretty.

 
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Tai Chi Rake anyone?

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Stuart and Laurel Ross overlooking the burn.

 
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The volunteers.

 
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Pretty.

 
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John Diversey, caretaker of Angelic Organics prairie land.

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Seed Collection - North Brach Restoration Project

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Invasive Tree Maintenance

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Chloe and her lauper

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