Benefits of Project Implementation

As a result of this project and several other recent shoreline restoration projects, the Garden has added 450,000 plants and healed erosion along more than 4.4 miles of lakeshore since beginning its shoreline restoration program in 1998. Representing over 200 taxa of shoreline plants, these projects have provided a rich diversity of habitat for frogs, turtles, fish, wading birds, aquatic insects, and other aquatic life.

PHOTO: wildlife PHOTO: wildlife flocks

Through the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden, courses, workshops, and seminars help landscape and conservation professionals learn from the Garden's experiences. Planting beds include identification labels so that visitors can learn more about the wide diversity of plants used. This Section 319 Project also supported the installation of a series of ten interpretive signs for visitors to view along the Garden's western lakeshores, along with this shoreline section of the Garden's website, which allows the public to expand their knowledge even more.