Restoring and Enhancing Habitat at Big Marsh

Photos: John Gatto

Grant Recipient:

Chicago Park District

Grant Awarded:


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Project Location(s):

Big Marsh in the Calumet region of the City of Chicago, Cook County, IL

The Chicago Park District is controlling invasive vegetation and establishing native trees and shrubs on wetland and grassland habitat at Big Marsh in Chicago. This project is working to improve habitat for imperiled water birds and other wildlife. Greencorps teams are treating or removing invasive species on 200 acres and are revegetating the area using native plants and shrubs. More than 60 acres of wildlife habitat are being enhanced as a result of these activities. Ultimately, this project will contribute to achieving the desired ecological conditions at Big Marsh, which include healthy wetland function and the reestablishment of state-listed plants and wildlife populations, especially migratory birds. The Chicago Park District is also hiring a qualified contractor to develop an ecological restoration plan to guide future work for all habitat types at Big Marsh.

“We are excited for this opportunity to improve Big Marsh, both as functioning ecological habitat, as well as a site for people to enjoy and be part of nature”.
– Zhanna Yermakov, Manager of Natural Resources Conservation and Calumet Development, Chicago Park District

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