NATIVE ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION
History of the Restoration Site
Role of Buffer Sites in Preserving Biodiversity
Project Goals and Purpose
Restoration Strategy and Methods
Education and Outreach
When the decision is made to convert a previously mowed turf grass landscape to a natural area,
the site must first be prepared to receive and nurture native plants.
The following methods establish an
environment that both encourages native survivors to reassert themselves and also optimizes the
chances of survival for transplants.
video photo by Valerie Spale
§ Removal of non-native woody growth, including invasive
brush and small trees not indigenous to Northeastern Illinois.
§ Herbicide application.
§ Soil preparation.
§ Seasonal prescribed burns.
§ Weed control.