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Greenacres: Resources for Re-Seeding
Chicago Botantical Gardens
Plant Information Service
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glenco, Illinois 60022
Tel: (847) 835-0972
Native Plant List
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Fermilab Prairie Reconstruction Project.
This brochure describes the Fermilab's effort to reconstruct a native grassland and to develop a functioning prairie ecosystem. For information
about the prairie project, write:
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Public Information Office
P.O. Box 500
Batavia, IL 60510
Harrington, J.A. Roadside Landscapes: Prairie Species Take Hold in Midwest Right-of-Ways. Restoration & Management Notes 12(1):8-15, Summer 1994.
Harty, F.M. How Illinois Kicked the Exotic Habit. In Biological Pollution: The Control and Impact of Invasive Exotic Species. Proceedings of a Symposium held at University Place Conference Center, Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis on October 25-26, 1991. Published by Indiana Academy of Sciences, 1993.
Illinois Department of Transportation. Catch the Past, See the Future. Illinois Department of Transportation, Office of Public Affairs, Springfield, IL 62764.
This IDOT brochure explains the Corridors for Tomorrow program stating that it will "revegetate much of right-of-way and interchanges along the interstate system with native species of plants to help restore Illinois' biodiversity." This effort involves the Department of Transportation, Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Natural History Survey, state universities, and other interested groups.
Illinois Department of Transportation. Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction, adopted July 7, 1994. Section 250. Seeding. Available from IDOT, Bureau of Design and Environment, 2300 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62764.
The seeding section from the manual lists materials and equipment needed and discusses fertilizer and agricultural ground limestone application, seed bed preparation, seeding methods, seeding mixtures, and methods of measurement.
Illinois Institute of Technology
Environmental Research and Information Center
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Illinois Institute of Technology
10 West 33rd Street
Chicago, IL 60616
Contact: Paul R. Anderson, Ph.D.
Tel: (312) 567-3531
Fax: (312) 567-8874
The Winter/Spring 1996 issue of IIT Update, p. 12, provided information about the new Environmental Research and Information Center: Through the Environmental Research and Information Center established in 1995, environmental engineering faculty at IIT's Rice Campus have joined with experts throughout the Midwest to help native vegetation return to the Great Lakes. Researchers hope to prove that the wide-spread introduction of native prairie plants on floodplains can relieve the conflict between conservation interests, who want to develop natural habitat areas, and agricultural interests, who want to use the floodplain to produce cash crops.
The Center's approach relies on the premise that the private sector plays an important role in the process of achieving sustainable development, and that creative, alternative solutions must be considered, requiring diverse input from a multidisciplinary task force. The Center has a seminar series that is free and open to the public.
Illinois Natural History Survey
607 East Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL 61820-6970
Tel: (217) 333-6880
Illinois Native Plant Society
20310 East 900 North Road
Westville, IL 61883
The INPS brochure states that the society is "dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and study of the native plants, vegetation, and biological communities of Illinois. It is also pledged to the education of the public as to the value of the native flora and its habitat, and the publication of related information." Each of six chapters has meetings and field trips. Publications include The Harbinger, a quarterly newsletter, and Erigenia, the Journal of the Illinois Native Plant Society.
McClain, W.E. Illinois Prairie: Past and Future. A Restoration Guide. Springfield, IL: Illinois Department of Conservation [now part of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources]. 1986. (Note: Wm. McClain is currently working on a new edition.)
Miller, P.C. Culture and Maintenance of Native Trees and Shrubs. Presented at Incorporating Native Plants into the Midwestern Landscape, sponsored by Chicago Botanic Gardens and University of Illinois Department of Horticulture, February 20, 1992.
Mohlenbrock, R. Guide to the Vascular Flora of Illinois. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press. 1986.
Mohlenbrock R. Wildflowers of Fields, Roadsides, and Open Habitats of Illinois. Springfield, IL: Illinois Department of Conservation (now part of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources), Division of Natural Resources and Natural Heritage. 1981. 226 pp.
This book has color photographs of plants, some of which are considered weedy and grow in areas subjected to disturbance, but also has photographs of true native flora, particularly those which occur in prairie remnants. Accompanying each photograph is a description of the features of the plant and statements concerning habitat, range in Illinois, and time of flowering.
The Nature Conservancy
Illinois Field Office
8 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60603
Post, S. and M. Jeffords. Illinois' Native Plant Communities. Presented at Incorporating Native Plants into the Midwestern Landscape, sponsored by Chicago Botanic Gardens and University of Illinois Department of Horticulture, February 20, 1992.
Robertson, K.R. Corridors for Tomorrow Illinois Natural History Survey Report. March/April 1993, No. 320.
Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. Plants of the Chicago Region, 4th ed. Indianapolis: Indiana Academy of Science. 1994.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service - Illinois. lIlinois Urban Manual: A Technical Manual Designed for Urban Ecosystem Protection and Enhancement.
Manual includes conservation practice standards, construction specifications, material specifications, and standard drawings. Also included is a section evaluating the physical effects that specific practices have on soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources. To purchase a copy, contact:
Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District
100 North Atkinson Road , Suite 102A
Grayslake, IL 60030-7805
Tel: (708) 223-1056
Cost: $75 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.
Copy available for viewing at each Illinois NRCS county office.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Elsberry Plant Material Center
RR 1, Box 9
Elsberry, MO 63343
Tel: (314) 898-2012
Fax: (314) 898-5298
Voight, J.W. and R.H. Mohlenbrock. Prairie Plants of Illinois. Springfield: Illinois Department of Conservation [now Illinois Department of Natural Resources] Division of Natural Resources and Natural Heritage. 1985. 272 pp.
Includes sketches of plants with information about season and stature; flowers; leaves; use or importance; habitat; and range.
Wild Ones Natural Landscapers, Ltd.
Northern Illinois Chapter Contacts:
Pat Armstrong --- (708) 983-8404
Vicki Nowicki --- (708) 852-5263
Rock River Valley, IL Chapter Contact:
Mary Anne Mathwich --- (815) 332-4367
Wilhelm, G. and D. Ladd. Natural Area Assessment in the Chicago Region. In Trans. 53rd N.A. Wildl. & Nat. Res. Conf. 1988, pp. 361-375.
The JFNew Native Plant Nursery, a division of JFNew, Inc., specializes in the production of native wetland, prairie and woodland plants and seed.
722 West Exchange, Suite 4
Crete, IL 60417
Tel: (708) 367-1130