Remarkably, the Chicago metropolitan area contains some of Illinois’ largest and best remnants of our native ecosystems. These remaining natural lands are precious and irreplaceable, but they need our help to survive and prosper. That’s where groups such as the North Branch Restoration Project come in.
Every weekend, in all kinds of weather, volunteers gather at scheduled sites to work, restoring health to the preserves by cutting brush, pulling weeds, gathering and sowing seeds. Citizen scientists collect important information about the plants and animals, monitoring changes in sites as restoration proceeds and adding to the knowledge of local ecosystems.