Earth Month gives us a great opportunity to put our core values into action. On April 12th, our Chicago office volunteered at the Forest Preserves of Cook County, for the Sundown Meadow’s Ecological Stewardship Volunteer Day.
The Forest Preserves of Cook County, with nearly 70,000 acres, is one of the oldest and largest forest preserve districts in the United States. Sundown Meadow contains a variety of ecosystems including prairie and woodland. Our Chicago office participated in helping with the ecological restoration including removing weeds and invasive vegetation, burning cut brush, collective or spreading native seed, transplanting seedlings, and collecting trash. These acts help restore and maintain the diverse natural areas, making them resilient in the face of climate change impacts by helping people, plants, animals and other organisms adapt to warmer temperatures and extreme weather.
“Working with the Cook County Forest Preserves was a wonderful experience. The team had such a great time cutting back the invasive trees and brush so that the native grasses and wildflowers can grow. Seeing the transformation of the trail was inspiring and we look forward to future generations being able to enjoy the trail systems at Sundown Meadows,” says Carolyn Wendorf, Regional Vice President at Berkley Environmental Chicago.
Learn more about Sundown Meadows gorgeous Preserves at fpdcc.com.