Executive Council Meeting
July 18, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
233 S. Wacker Drive, 8th Floor, Chicago, IL
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If you cannot attend in-person but would like to listen in
Call 888-844-9904, Access Code: 5706708#
Introductions & Welcome
Moment of Silence & Remembrance of Jack Broughton, Applied Ecological Services
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes: April 18, 2018
Status Report of Steering Committee Work
- Membership Committee
- CW Coordinator
- Proposal for Marketing & Communications Consultant
- FY 2019 Budget Proposal - Draft
- Nominations & Elections Committee & Process
Reports from Working Groups
- Engaging Private Landowners in Oak Ecosystem Recovery
- Excellence in Ecological Restoration Program and Force of Nature Awards
Guided Exploration of Membership Portal/Website - Time Permitting
Recognition of Retirements
- John Rogner, US Fish & Wildlife Service
Detailed agenda and meeting materials will be posted to the website on Friday, June 13, 2018.
Climate Action Committee Meeting
July 30, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
ContactAbigail Derby Lewis email@example.com more information
Upcoming Round Tables:
Making Nature Accessible for All
August 23, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Little Red School House
9800 Willow Springs Rd.,Willow Springs
NGSS, Bridging the Gap between Formal and Non-formal
October 25, 9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Elgin High School
Look for details and more information in the August e-Newsletter! Meanwhile, save the date: We’d love to see you there!
Inspired by National Parks Quilt Exhibit
June 17 to July 3
Forest Preserve District of Will CountyView 177 art quilts representing the flora, fauna and landscapes of 59 national parks during this free traveling exhibition, which will be on display simultaneously at four Forest Preserve locations. The exhibition was created to celebrate the National Park Service's centennial in 2016. For more details, visitReconnectWithNature.org.
Update: Growing Access at Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge
On June 5, 2018, Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin and Illinois celebrated the addition 86 acres of public land. Regional Director Tom Melius joined leadership from Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Wildlife, Ducks Unlimited, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and other partners to mark the occasion at this new land acquisition near Genoa City, Wisconsin.
Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge was officially established on November 6, 2012with the donation of a 12-acre conservation easement. The easement was purchased for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by Openlands through a donation from the Friends of Hackmatack and the McHenry County Conservation Foundation. What’s next for Hackmatack? This mix of mature oak and restored prairie and wetlands will become a home for all sorts of migrating and resident birds and other wildlife. Wood ducks will come to nest in the oak and native wildflowers will take root in the restored prairie which will be a welcome sight for butterflies and other other pollinators.
In the future, these acres will be open to hunting, hiking, birding and other non-motorized activities. Getting people outdoors has always been a big part of our mission and now the refuge is helping to make this even more of a reality.
Learn more about Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.