Photo of restored savannah on the Tamarack SouthEast Site, located at the entrance to the Richmond Burton Community High School, Tryon Grove Rd., Richmond, IL.

We are pleased to report that we have successfully completed this Stewardship Challenge Grant and have provided our final report to the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF).

Thank you, thank you to our generous donors and our incredible stewardship workday volunteers whose contributions reached our $7000 fundraising target and surpassed our 400 hours of stewardship goal!

With your help, we raised a total of $34,000 that was put towards the restoration of the 7-acre oak savanna and more acres of prairie. This past winter the clearing of the savanna was completed, and Richmond-Burton High School National Honors Society students hand-seeded the savanna with native plant seeds. A total of 825 volunteer stewardship went into the savanna restoration. We are looking forward to seeing the site bloom over the coming years. 

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Map of Photo Points for restoration work on Tamarack Farms

Map of photo point location

The before and after photos of the oak savanna represent hours and hours of hard work by many volunteers!  On behalf of that oak savanna and the Friends of Hackmatack – THANK YOU for making it happen!!

Photo Point 1 savanna restoration at Tamarack Farms

Photo Point 1: BASELINE, Jan 6, 2020

Before savanna restoration

Photo Point 1 - after savanna restoration at Tamarck Farms

Photo point 1: July 31, 2023

Savanna restoration being maintained by board-lead volunteer work days. Savannah under story has been seeded and in development.

Photo point 2 before<br />
Savanna restoration

Photo point 2: BASELINE,  Jan 6, 2020

Before savanna restoration

Photo point 2 after Savannah Restoration at Tamarack Farms

Photo point 2:  July 31, 2023

Savanna restoration in maintenance, Under story restoration advancing.

Photo point 3 before prairie restoration

Photo point 3: BASELINE,  Jan 6, 2020

Before prairie restoration

Photo point 3 after prairie restoration

Photo point 3:  July 31, 2023

Prairie restoration with some natives becoming established.

Photo point 4 before prairie restoration

Photo point 4: BASELINE,  Jan 6, 2020

Before prairie restoration

Photo point 4 - after prairie restoration

Photo point 4:  July 31, 2023

View north on property from High School. Field under restoration with natives forbes/grasses becoming established. Savanna in background free of invasive brush and view of prairie restoration in progress.

Friends of Hackmatack NWR

P.O. Box 413
Richmond, IL 60071

friendsofhackmatacknwr@gmail.com

 

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