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Restoration Roundtable & EERP Showcase
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Visit and see 2 Platinum level EERP sites that are also recently designated globally significant wetlands by RAMSAR. Learn about the management of these special sites and interact with other resource managers from across the region.

When: 10/6/2015
9:00 AM
Where: Admin Bldg North Point Marina
701 North Point Drive
Winthrop Harbor, Illinois  60096
United States
Presenter: B. Semel, G. Glowacki, and others
Contact: Jeff Mengler

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The Chicago Wilderness Natural Resource Management (NRM) committee and Chicago Wilderness EERP (Excellence in Ecological Restoration Program) would like to showcase Spring Bluff Nature Preserve and Illinois Beach State Park (North Dunes Nature Preserve) at a restoration roundtable scheduled for Tuesday October 6, 2015 starting at 9:00am.  Both Spring Bluff and Illinois Beach State Park have earned the "Platinum" level in the CW EERP program. 


The goal of this roundtable is to highlight the ecological significance of each site, outstanding issues, and provide a primer for others regarding the CW EERP.  We will meet at the North Point Marina Administration building in the morning (9:00 am) (see for map of marina, 1 is admin bldg) for some presentations on the management at Springbluff and North Dunes, as well as, on the EERP application process with short power points. This will include highlighting the innovative Blanding's turtle program at the site, IDNR Coastal Management Program, the recent Ramsar designation, issues that each site faces (shoreline erosion for example), and critical habitat for the federally endangered Piping plovers.  Following those presentations (by 10:30 am or so), the group will walk to the North Dunes shoreline, and then back around to Spring Bluff Nature Preserve and return to the Admin building for lunch (BYOL). 


Please RSVP to Jeff Mengler at to let us know if you plan to attend.


In addition, the Natural Resources Management Committee would like to seek your feedback on our future direction within Chicago Wilderness.   As you are probably aware, CW had undergone some important changes in how it is organized.    So as we seek to better define what our role as a group might be, please take time to complete the online survey that can be found at the following link.   It is a short one-page survey of less than 10 questions.   Click NRM Survey to access.