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Illinois Native-Plant Planters Recognized

January 29, 2011

Even though all you can see around the Chicago area during winter is white and gray, local sites are being awarded for their landscaping initiatives.

Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Chicago Wilderness honor corporations, park districts and municipalities that use conservation development practices or native plants in their landscape with the Conservation and Native Landscaping Awards.

The Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel

The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel was selected as a 2010 Conservation and Native Landscaping Award recipient.

The recognition comes as a result of the seven-and-a-half acres of ponds, wetlands and prairie plantings that surround the Schaumburg hotel and convention center.

The native plants replaced most of the turf grass and ornamental plants that were originally on the site.

Native plants along the hotel's pond.

These plants:

*Help trap pollutants

*Clean storm water

*Reduce runoff

Once the new plants established themselves into the environment:

*The use of herbicides was cut in half

*Maintenance hours were reduced by one third

*Water usage is only needed on what turf grass and annual flowers that remain

Other 2010 Conservation and Native Landscaping Award recipients:

*Reed-Turner Woodland Sedge Meadow Restoration (Long Grove)

*Baker’s Lake Savanna (Barrington)

*Oakton Community College Campus Restoration (Des Plaines)

*Orland Grassland Restoration Project (Orland Park)

*Midwestern University Woodland and Wetland Restoration Project (Downers Grove)

Before and after shots of the restoration of Whippoorwill Farm Preserve in Mettawa.

*Crow Island Woods Woodland Restoration (Winnetka)

*Whippoorwill Farm Preserve, A Mettawa Gateway (Mettawa)

*Carillon North Buffer Enhancement (Grayslake)

*Naturalized Storm Water Management Facilities (Montgomery)

*Calvary Church Restoration Prairies (Naperville)

*Conservancy at Estates at Inverness Ridge (Inverness)

*Yellowstone Natural Area (Algonquin)

*Island Prairie Park Nature Center (Frankfort)

*Grand Haven Prairie (Romeoville)

*Carrington Reserve Natural Area (West Dundee)

Certificates of Merit:

*Amhurst Lake Business Park Ponds (Waukegan)

*St. Charles Commons (St. Charles)

*Jackson Creek Native Prairie (Frankfort)

*Terada Park Native Landscaping Project (Schaumburg)

For more information on the awards or the individual projects, visit epa.gov/greenacres/awards

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