Category Archives: Illinois

Restoring Illinois’ Tallgrass Prairie: SUST Major Tiffany Mucci Reports on Her Spring 2016 Internship at Midewin

This spring 2016 semester, several students in the Sustainability Studies Program here at Roosevelt will report and reflect upon their sustainability-related internship experiences. Here’s the first such post from Tiffany Mucci, a senior SUST major interning in plant conservation and … Continue reading

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2016 Lecture Series at Midewin Underway

The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in southern Will County, about 50 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, is the largest tallgrass prairie ecological restoration project east of the Mississippi River, and one of the great open space resources / biodiversity preserves … Continue reading

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El Nino 2015 Strong and Stormy

By Tiffany Mucci As of late in the Chicago region, we’ve had more rain than snow, and we’ve been spared the frigid cold we’re known for this time of year.  Instead, it’s been a warm and soggy winter. Whether you’re thankful for … Continue reading

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Removal of Winnetka Road Dam a “Milestone” for the Chicago River

Reprinted from the Winter 2015 issue of The Friends of the Chicago River newsletter. More than a decade after [Friends of the Chicago River] embarked on an ambitious dam removal program for the Chicago River system, the first dam was demolished on … Continue reading

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Bison Reintroduced to the Illinois Prairie

by Tiffany Mucci A monumental and long-awaited phase in the restoration efforts at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie was realized last month with the reintroduction of a small herd of American bison.  Midewin spans a 19,000-acre piece of land located just … Continue reading

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Guided Tour of Chicago Portage National Historic Site on Saturday, Nov. 7

The Friends of the Chicago Portage would like to announce their final walking tour of 2015 at the Chicago Portage National Historic Site on Saturday, November 7th, 2015, 10:00 A.M. Join veteran tour guide and Friends founder Gary Mechanic who will explore the “Birth Story of … Continue reading

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SUST Field Trip to Angelic Organics Farm Planned for Sat, Oct. 24th

This semester’s SUST 230 Food online class, taught by Prof. Vicki Gerberich, plans to head out to Angelic Organics Farm in Caledonia IL next Saturday, October 24th, for a tour of a working biodynamic organic farm founded by Farmer John Peterson. Angelic Organics … Continue reading

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