PART 1 (Watch this video before the one below it).

 

As we already covered in the above video, the Glen Ellyn Park District has moved forward with a plan to save some of the last remaining oak trees in Glen Ellyn. These trees also happen to be some of DuPage County’s last oak trees protected from demolition and structure replacement. We gained inspiring momentum last year when Governor Bruce Rauner declared the month of October “Oaktober” in an effort to raise awareness for this keystone species and it’s slow and perilous elimination. The elimination of the oak tree will also result in a slow collapse of our local ecosystem. It is more important than ever to find a local oak tree and plant one of its acorn in your yard! (You can also attend a forest restoration workday with us!)

 

Sometimes news can be bleak, so please enjoy this story of GOOD NEWS happening in YOUR COMMUNITY!

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Sustain DuPage Founder Andrew Van Gorp was lucky enough to facilitate the Glen Ellyn Park District’s first ever controlled burn of the Oak Woodland at Lake Ellyn. In 2013 the Park District finished creating a new Master Plan for the Lake Ellyn Park in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. The master plan included planting native plants at the water’s edge in order to stabilize the shoreline, create habitat for wildlife, and to prevent algal blooms by sequestering fertilizers before they reached the lake. 

Last year the Park District grew out the grass under these oak trees in preparation to restore the area to a proper oak savannah. Over the years the Village has become increasingly aware of the unsustainability of the grove. If young oaks were not allowed to regenerate under the ancient trees, there would be no oak trees for the next generation. 

This is the part of sustainability that is the most fun. Seeing all of the hard work of local sustainability efforts paying off. Enjoy this win for the environment and our future!

 

Sustain DuPage can’t operate without your support.

Find out here all the ways you can involve yourself!