Alliance for the Great Lakes and partners preserved and enhanced terrestrial and aquatic habitat associated with unique ravine systems along the length of Lake Michigan in northeastern Illinois. The project involved on-the-ground habitat improvement on over 27 acres of riparian habitat, habitat assessment, and training for land managers. The on-the-ground habitat improvement, involving invasive species control and planting of native species, improved native plant diversity and reduce sediment entering Lake Michigan. Habitat assessment included development of a biological assessment protocol for all project ravines, mapping and monitoring of rare plants and invasive plants, and mapping of ravine stability at two locations. The training component included the generation of a restoration handbook to be provided to municipal, park district and county staff and the direct training of at least three land managers.
Ravine system along Lake Michigan in Illinois, from the Wisconsin border to the Indiana border