Although preserving land is important, restoring or managing healthy ecosystems is our end goal. Some may ask why we need to manage natural areas; can’t Mother Nature take care of herself? The simple answer is “no.” The introduction of invasive species leads to reduction of native species which tends to lead to soil erosion and other problems. Many of our sites are too small to “heal” on their own and need our help to remove invasive species and promote native communities that better support wildlife, birds and butterflies.
The Conservation Foundation works with private and public landowners to take care of their land through the Conservation@Home program, developing ecological management plans and in some cases taking on the role of Ecological Manager of a site. In these cases we develop a budget and receive funds from the landowner to pay for restoration or management and hire a qualified ecological management contractor to complete the work. We can assist with outlining a management plan.
Landowners and volunteers have a role to play, too. Depending on the size of the site and the resources available, landowners and volunteers can accomplish many of the restoration tasks. Staff from The Conservation Foundation can assist with outlining a plan for work.
Ecological management is not only for natural areas. It is important to properly manage naturalized detention basins or buffer areas to keep them working well, maintain or increase diversity and keep out invasive species.
For more information and to pursue your land preservation options, please contact our Director of Land Protection, Dan Lobbes. Click here to email him or call 630-428-4500, Ext. 201.