Centennial Volunteers' Event 'Progress in the Preserves' Draws a Crowd to Glenview: PHOTOS
Dozens of people of all ages turned out February 21 at the Glenview Public Library to hear more about Centennial Volunteers, an organization that works on projects in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.
Centennial Volunteers is dedicated to restoring nine Cook County Forest Preserve sites along the Chicago and Calumet Rivers. Founded in 2014, the Centennial Volunteers program is a partnership between Friends of the Chicago River, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Friends of the Forest Preserves, the Field Museum and the Chicago Ornithological Society.
Volunteer activities improve habitat and biodiversity by removing invasive vegetation, collecting native seeds, wildlife monitoring projects, and burning brush piles. In the north, volunteers work at Blue Star Memorial Woods in Glenview and at Clayton Smith Woods, Forest Glen Woods, and LaBagh Woods on city's Northwest Side.
MC'd by Friends' Volunteer and Events Associate Annette Anderson, the event featured presentations by Alice Brandon, resource programs manager with the Forest Preserves; Derek Ziomber of the Friends of the Forest Preserves; and Mark Hauser, Friends of the Chicago River's Ecology Outreach Manager. In attendance was Scott Britton, who is a commissioner of the Cook County Board and of the Forest Preserves of Cook County.
Brandon said that with 70,000 acres, the forest preserves need volunteers to maintain its health. "We need you to care," she said. Hauser described how assessments he's done of areas targeted by Centennial Volunteers has seen native plant coverage rise 22 percent while invasive buckthorn decrease from 42.2 percent to 9.2 percent. Ziomber, who serves as a field organizer for Centennial Volunteers, said participants not only help the forest preserves through ecological work but also have a lot of fun getting out in the woods.
Want to know more about Centennial Volunteers? Click here for information on how you can join in the effort.
Below are some snapshots from the Glenview event: