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Green Revival: Des Plaines IKE's Spark Forest Regeneration.

Excitement buzzes as the Des Plaines Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) chapter dives into a transformative journey of forest regeneration at the Izaak Walton Des Plaines site.

In celebration of Earth Day and with dedicated volunteers from IWLA, Cook County Forest Preserve, and Boy Scout Troop 225 rolling up their sleeves, the project kicked off in full swing on April 20th, marking a significant milestone in environmental stewardship.

Crafted by Craig Billington, the regional ecologist for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, the regeneration plan unveils a strategic roadmap. Dividing the vast tract into five distinct zones - including a floodplain forest, reforestation areas, a savanna, and an unmanaged section - the plan sets ambitious goals to foster native biodiversity and cultivate sustainable conditions.

Central to the endeavor is the rejuvenation of the savanna area, nestled at the tract's northern edge. Here, the eradication of invasive species, notably the pervasive buckthorn, paves the way for the resurgence of native oaks and indigenous flora. KT Petersen, a passionate IWLA member, Master Naturalist, and future Site Steward spearheads the project, rallying members, students, and various community groups to join the noble cause.

With a firm commitment, IWLA embraces the plan, underscoring their unwavering dedication to stewardship.

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