Celebrating Wolf Road Prairie
Sponsored by the Salt Creek Greenway Association

On the morning of Saturday, September 25th, more than 30 volunteers gathered at Wolf Road Prairie to celebrate National Public Lands Day and the Grand Opening of the Salt Creek Greenway Trail.

Jack Pizzo, Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. and board member of the Salt Creek Greenway Association (SCGA), led the workday to "Pump Up the Prairie."

On this beautiful sunny autumn day under a cloudless, brilliant blue prairie sky, volunteers gathered over 25 pounds of raw prairie seed mix and a sampling of assorted savanna seed. The seed is being processed by Pizzo & Associates for introduction to prairie and buffer restoration areas later this year.

Clones of invasive buckthorn obstructing prairie views were cut and herbicide was applied.

In all, volunteers worked over seven or so acres of land. Sometimes they appeared almost "lost" amidst the landscape of tall prairie grasses and golden flowers. To those enthusiastic volunteers who contributed so much to restoring Wolf Road Prairie on this glorious day - a heartfelt thank you.

Many thanks also to Whole Foods Market - Hinsdale for generously donating nutritional snack bars for the workday.

Wolf Road Prairie is co-owned by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC). Management and protection of the preserve is overseen by the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission (INPC).

The SCGA has identified restoration projects at Wolf Road Prairie as a priority in the Greenway. More workdays are being scheduled by SCGA at the preserve for the fall and winter seasons of this year and next. Work conducted by SCGA at Wolf Road Prairie is with the approval and authorization of INPC and landowners.

Interested in volunteering at one of the finest prairie remnants in Cook County, Illinois and beyond? For more information, contact:

Steve Byers, INPC at steven.byers@illinois.gov
Maggie Cole, IDNR at maggie.cole@illinois.gov
Richard Newhard, FPDCC at rnewhard@cookcountygov.com
Jack Pizzo, Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. at jack@pizzo.info
Valerie Spale, SCGA at stpsspale@aol.com

Photos by Jack Pizzo

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