The Nature Conservancy Receives Native Plants from IDOT

Group seeks volunteers to help plant at Emiquon Preserve

Lewiston, IL | September 17, 2013

The Nature Conservancy has received more than $15,000 of valuable native plants through the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Corridor for Tomorrow Program. The Conservancy plans to plant them at Emiquon Preserve on Sept. 26, 28 and 30(rain dates are October 1, 2, and 3) and seeks volunteers to work alongside staff.

The Emiquon Preserve received 28 species of native Illinois tall grass and wet prairie plants from the state agency, which works with the Illinois River Correctional Center (Lake Land College) to grow the plants out as part of the Corridors program. The plants are not the typical plugs, rather, they are about one gallon in size.

“We’re honored that IDOT approached us to help aid in their continued effort to protect critical prairie land,” said Tharran Hobson, River Program Restoration Manager for the Conservancy in Illinois. “Most people know Emiquon for its migratory birds or its floodplain function. However, Emiquon’s robust tall grass prairies and forests are beautiful and essential to the success of the entire preserve.”

Volunteers will work alongside The Nature Conservancy restoration staff planting these 28 species and spreading seed for an additional 50 species around Emiquon’s Visitor Use Observatories.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Sally McClure at for specific times and work locations. 

About Emiquon:

Once ranked among the biologically richest wetlands in the world, at 6,600 acres, the Emiquon Preserve holds vast floodplains, upland forests and tall grass prairies that have attracted people to this area for more than 12,000 years. Emiquon is one of the largest floodplain restoration projects in the Midwest and a premiere demonstration site for work along the Illinois River, as well as river restoration throughout the world. 

Volunteer workdays are offered periodically at the Emiquon Preserve. If you would like to be placed on our volunteer list, please contact

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