Visionary Brothers Protecting Our Future

Visionary Brothers Protecting Our Future

Brothers John and Robert Carleton have had conservation agreements (otherwise known as conservation easements) on a portion of their land since 2006. This year, with a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, they were able to put the remainder of...

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Restoring Woodland a Work in Progress

Restoring Woodland a Work in Progress

[email protected] As Lora McClelland started the tour of her 7.5 acres wooded property, she immediately pointed out that it’s a work in progress. Her parents started the process of restoring the woodland by planting native plants and working on the removal of the...

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All in a Day’s Work: Zach and Tyler

All in a Day’s Work: Zach and Tyler

We thought it would be interesting to follow Zach Grycan (NLI's Director of Stewardship) and Tyler Pellegrini (NLI's Restoration Ecologist) one day to see what kind of work they do. Watch this short video on TikTok to see what they are up to one day at NLI's...

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Fran Harty Receives the 2022 George and Barbara Fell Award

Fran Harty Receives the 2022 George and Barbara Fell Award

Natural Land Institute was pleased to present the George and Barbara Fell Award to Fran Harty at the Party on the Prairie Rocks fundraiser held at Nygren Wetland Preserve (Rockton, Ill.) on July 16, 2022. The award recognized outstanding leadership and accomplishments...

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Ed Foster Conservation@Home

Ed Foster [email protected]

Cup plant, compass plant, rosinweed, senna, butterflyweed, and the largest lead plant (call Guinness!) I’ve ever seen greeted me as I walked up to Ed Foster’s door. Centered in the front yard of an average-sized Rockford city lot, Ed’s “island” of native plants...

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Randy and Jessie Crow Mermel

Randy and Jessie Crow Mermel

Practicing [email protected] See more of their place in this TikTok video. Before reaching the driveway, I knew immediately that I had come to the right place. Looking to my left, I saw purple and yellow coneflowers, black-eyed Susans and a number of other native...

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Happy Faces at Family Nature Adventures

Happy Faces at Family Nature Adventures

Family Nature Adventures was held on Sat., June 25, 2022 at Nygren Wetland Preserve in Rockton, Ill. from 9 am - 12 pm. We had to cut it an hour short due to weather. It rained off and on and then got windy. However, those who attended had a wonderful time thanks to...

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