Save The Prairie Society


History of the Restoration Site

Role of Buffer Sites in Preserving Biodiversity

Project Goals and Purpose

Restoration Strategy and Methods

Site Biodiversity

Education and Outreach

Project Participants

Restoration Methods

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.

Prairie Triangle
Stream Corridor
Prairie Garden