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Deer Grove Forest Preserve Habitat Restoration

Improving ecosystems to promote healthy native animal and plant communities

  • 185

    Acre Site

  • 8

    Year Project

  • Cook County, Illinois

    Cook County, Illinois

Revitalizing and restoring Cook County’s rich ecosystem

Since 1916, Deer Grove Forest Preserve has been a rich addition to the Cook County, Illinois, community—we aim to keep it that way. Working in partnership with multiple private and public agencies, our environmental team was brought in to provide ecological restoration and long-term monitoring for a 185-acre segment of this heavily used forest preserve.

After numerous assessments, we developed an ecosystem restoration and enhancement management and monitoring plan. The goal? Revitalize the area’s wetlands, prairies, and oak woodlands. Invasive trees and shrubs that crowded the ancient woodland habitats (preventing sunlight from reaching ground-level plants) were removed and replaced with colorful, varied native grasses and wildflowers. We also conducted controlled burns, an important natural catalyst in the development of healthy ecosystems.

Services included water quality improvements, hydrologic evaluation and alterations, erosion control, seedbed preparation, and stream stabilizations. We also completed extensive baseline and post-construction monitoring studies—vegetation surveys have been conducted on an annual basis to evaluate our work and inform our adaptive management approach for this ongoing, long-term, collaborative effort. The result? A happy, healthy, undisturbed ecosystem. When vegetation matures, approximately 450 tons of carbon will be sequestered per year.

Meet Our Team

Aaron Feggestad, Senior Ecologist, Environmental Services

I am driven by nature’s resiliency, recovery, and the uniting of people and nature made possible by the thoughtful restoration of ecosystems.
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Dominic Kempson, Vice President, Sector Leader, Environmental Services, US Federal

We take pride in providing the best possible solutions to support the security and sustainability of the Nation, in both foreign and domestic environments.
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David Bart, Ecologist

By utilizing my knowledge and passion for ecological restoration, I provide clients with realistic, comprehensive land management solutions.

David Giblin, Senior GIS Analyst

GIS is important for every project. It allows us to analyze the spatial relationship between project elements and the rest of the world.

Aaron Feggestad

Senior Ecologist, Environmental Services

Dominic Kempson

Vice President, Sector Leader, Environmental Services, US Federal

David Bart

Ecologist

David Giblin

Senior GIS Analyst

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