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Stormwater Basin Ecological Restoration
Lemont Park District
ROLE OF THE FIRM:
Ecological Consultation & Design
Native Seed & Plug Installation
Stormwater Management via Native Plant Buffer
Stewardship & Prescribed Fire
Bambrick Park in Lemont, IL consisted of designing and installing a prairie buffer and wetland bottom throughout a dry bottom stormwater basins. Converting land back to its natural state in an urban park setting helped bring visitors of the parks back in touch with nature. While many residents were excited about the addition of flowers and wildlife to the site by restoring the open space to a more natural state. The function of the land also increased for wildlife and humans, as did species diversity and water quality.
Encourage the continued establishment and diversity of the native vegetation and keep invasive species out of the restored area.
Initial installation included eliminated existing non-native vegetation, designing and installing a combination or native seed mixes and live native plugs. Following installation work, a general annual stewardship program has been in place, consisting of regularly scheduled site visits to treat unwanted and invasive species. Prescribed fire is applied to the sites every three years with enhancement seeding installed following burns.
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