Native Landscape Contractors, LLC is responsible for the ongoing maintenance of this 310-acre project for the Illinois Tollway and Lake County Forest Preserves while ecology + vision, llc is conducting 5-year monitoring and reporting. The project began in 2013 as we worked with a general contractor to begin to restore this natural area.
When we took over the natural areas at Tanglewood Hills from the initial developer, we faced extensive restoration and stewardship of its nearly 50 acres of natural areas. Over the years we have used a mix of stewardship and complete renovation to build a layered four-season landscape. Most of the areas in the subdivision serve as stormwater solutions in addition to common space. The extensive prairies act as a dry bottom detention system in flood events. There are multiple walking paths so that residents can explore and connect with nature.
Since 2007, Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. has been the Village’s Native Landscape and Water Quality Maintenance Contractor and is charged with maintaining the Village‐controlled basins and naturalized areas. The stewardship program focuses on sustainability and the overall aesthetic of each site within the village.
Native Landscape Contractors, LLC performed a complete 20-acre wetland, upland and savanna restoration at Roxana Marsh in Gary, Indiana. We removed 12 acres of invasive cattails, Phragmites, and other invasive species as well as contaminated soil from the area. We installed native trees, shrubs, plants, and seed to make this site one of the most diverse areas in the Great Lake Basin.
Since 2001, we have had the privilege of restoring and stewarding portions of the Harbor Springs development in Aurora, IL. The basin is adjacent to an active park and is bordered by a popular walking path and it acts as a stormwater management solution for the surrounding homes.
Since 2006, Pizzo & Associates, LLC has been restoring and stewarding the stormwater basin at the Nantucket Cove community. The Village of Schaumburg mandated native plantings for the severely eroded shoreline. Originally the HOA Board of Directors had priced out a riprock stone solution, but our proposal for a native shoreline buffer came in significantly under that budget.
The deep-rooted prairie plants not only hold the soil in place, but slows down run off. The water is is now clear and teeming with fish, frogs, and turtles. The site is maintained by hand-pulling weeds, using selective herbicide and conducting prescribed fires.
Nantucket Cove Homeowners Association was the recipient of several Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) awards including Merit in Multifamily Landscape Maintenance (2008), Merit in Commercial Landscape Maintenance (2009), Gold in Sustainable Landscape Maintenance (2010), Silver in Sustainable Landscape Maintenance (2011), Decade award/ Silver in Commercial Landscape Construction (2017), as well as the USEPA & Chicago Wilderness – Conservation and Native Landscape Award (2008).
Regency Oaks maintains both dry bottom detention areas and a basin and since 2007, we have had the responsibility of restoring and stewarding these areas for the Homeowners Association. The owners of the upscale homes enjoy the variety of birds, butterflies and pollinators attracted by the diverse native plant communities.
ecology + vision, llc developed a vegetation monitoring protocol for the Chicago Park District’s natural area sites. The Park District’s selected pilot project in 2012 was the South Shore Nature Sanctuary on the south side of the city along the Lake Michigan shoreline.
This project is part of a roadside planting that was conducted in an effort to beautify Illinois’ roadsides with wildflower plantings. The project was planned in three small but highly visible areas at the Interstate 74 & N. Mattis Avenue overpass, totaling about one acre. The species list consisted of plants chosen so that there would be different wildflowers blooming from early spring to late fall.