Diary Table of Contents
Introduction and Thanks
The Girl Scouts of America-Shemamo Council and the Illinois Raptor Center are teaming up to restore native plants and trees on the IRC's 15-acre property along the Sangamon River, west of Decatur.
Through this diary we will share our experiences. Hopefully, the information we post here in the coming months and years will help inspire other groups and individuals to undertake restoration of their own property. Schoolyard prairie plantings and butterfly gardens are becoming increasingly popular, and are good potential projects.
Since the girls scouts assisting us range in age from 6-18 years, we have developed a variety of activities and educational programs to complement the restoration work. Many of these will be included in the diary entries.
The IRC and GSA-Shemamo Council thank the many individuals and organizations that are making this work possible. This list is likely to grow as our work progresses. Neighbor Roger Viseur, IDNR district biologist Carl Handel, Illinois Power, the Lumpkin Foundation, the GSA-Linking Girls to the Land program, The Illinois Conservation Foundation, the President Abraham Lincoln Memorial Arboretum and the Illinois Native Plant Society have provided donations, volunteer time, advice, seeds and other help. Thanks are also due to Shemamo Council staff and parents and IRC volunteers.
Click here to learn more about the organizations that are supporting this project.
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Aug. 15, 2003
From a distance, the newly planted prairie looks like a weed patch. Closer inspection reveals prairie species including side-oats grama.