Parking  |  Tickets  |  Donate

North Shore Ravine Restoration and Conservation

Plants of Concern (POC) and other Chicago Botanic Garden staff have been major contributors to conservation projects for the North Shore ravines in Illinois, including development of a rapid-assessment tool kit for land managers to use in evaluating plant communities in their ravines. In 2014, the second version of this assessment tool was developed and tested. POC staff also served on a technical panel for climate adaptation planning with regard to ravine restoration. Because ravine plant communities are dependent on the microclimate created by steep topography and proximity to Lake Michigan, restoration activities must consider how to ensure that restored ravines can withstand climatic changes. Long-term monitoring at a suite of ravines by Plants of Concern is feeding efforts to control invasive plants along the ravines and north shore of Lake Michigan. An invasive plant strike team will use invasive plant location data collected by POC as a baseline for control efforts, and POC monitoring will help to evaluate the success of the effort. Garden staff have also assisted in the creation of experimental native seed introduction trials in Highland Park ravines, and data collected will inform restoration practices for ravine communities (Goad, Steffen, Braum).

Plants of Concern