Openlands Announces Deer Grove West Restoration Project

October 29, 2015

At the Openlands 2015 Annual Luncheon, President and CEO Jerry Adelmann announced an ambitious, multi-million dollar restoration project at Deer Grove West, the first piece of property acquired by the Forest Preserves of Cook County a century ago. The $3.15 million restoration will focus on a native woodland. When complete, it will be home to a robust ecosystem of more than 300 native woodland plants, supporting habitat for a wide variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.

Since 2008, Openlands has helped lead wetland and prairie restoration efforts at adjacent Deer Grove East. That project has led to the reestablishment of multiple wetland areas, rolling prairie, and oak savannas.

The Deer Grove West project was announced as a 100th birthday present to the Forest Preserves of Cook County, and it continues a long partnership between the Forest Preserves and Openlands that has led to the preservation and restoration of more than 2,500 acres of land. The partnership also includes the Next Century Conservation Plan for the Forest Preserves of Cook County, a visionary outline for the Forest Preserves second century led by President Toni Preckwinkle, who received the 2015 Conservation Leadership Award at the Openlands Luncheon.

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