Featured Project: “Our Piece of the Planet”

Wild Blue Phlox, Wild Geranium, Great White Trillium
Wild Blue Phlox, Wild Geranium, Great White Trillium

In 2015 a family approached us about their newly purchased vacation property in Michigan. They had acquired 35 acres of old fields and remnant forest. They planned to build a home as well as enjoy the natural areas. They hired Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. to site the buildings and the driveway as well as craft an ecological restoration plan.

“Every time we walk the property with Jack, we get excited all over again about our piece of the planet.”

– property owners

 

 

Woods before
Woods before

When we walked the site initially, we suspected that it was something special. The forest was made up of mature Beech, Maple, Oak and Hickory, although it was choked with invasive shrubs and weeds. A section of the land was swampy and we could tell, that with some work, the native plants would soon recover. We didn’t realize just how rich an ecosystem existed.

 

 

 

 

 

Woods after
Woods after

In fall, we cleared the invasive woody plants, did targeted herbicide treatments and performed a controlled burn. This spring, the forest sprang to vibrant life and we discovered amazing rare plants! Along with beautiful more common wildflowers like Wild Blue Phlox, Skunk Cabbage, and Great White Trillium, there are more than 105 native species on this site including:

  • Hundreds of Michigan Lily, Lilium michiganense
  • Swamp Saxifrage, Saxafraga pensylvanica
  • Beechdrops, Epifagus virginiana
  • American Cancer-root, Conopholis americana
  • Paw Paw, Asiminia triloba
  • American Larch or Tamarack, Larix laricina
  • Hairystem Gooseberry, Ribes hirtellum

 

Swamp Saxifrage
Swamp Saxifrage

The property owners are thrilled with the results and are looking forward to finding other treasured plants. We can hardly wait to see what this special site has in store as we continue to steward “our piece of the planet.”

Do you have a site with potential? Call or email us now:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Pizzo

President & Southern Territory Manager

815-351-3250

Skunk Cabbage and Great White Trillium
Skunk Cabbage and Great White Trillium

Seth Crackel

General Manager – Western Territory

815-826-0506

 

Joe Pizzo

General Manager – Northern Territory

815-826-0748