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Tinley Creek-Bartel Grassland

Tinley Creek-Bartel Grassland


Tinley Creek Wetlands and Bartel Grasslands are adjacent properties of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, and together they comprise one of a handful of large-scale native grassland habitats in northeastern Illinois.

Openlands provides project management for the site to restored native grassland. Specific restoration work at the site includes:

  • Coordinating planning and permitting
  • Invasive tree removal
  • Hydrologic restoration
  • Restoration of native plant species
  • Bird monitoring

Additionally, Openlands is working with the Forest Preserve District and Wheeler Kearns Architects to create an interactive interpretive plan for the site.

Location: Cook County, Illinois
Funding Source: O'Hare Modernization Mitigation Account (OMMA)
Owner & land manager: Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Size of project site: 860 acres
Partners: Audubon-Chicago Region, Bartel Grassland Volunteers, Chicago District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois Nature Preserves Commission

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