Pine Dunes

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.

Project: Pine Dunes

Pizzo company: Native Landscape Contractors, LLC & ecology + vision, llc

Project size: A 310-acre project for Illinois Tollway on Lake County Forest Preserves property.

Details of our work: Working with a general contractor, NLC initially conducted the removal of woody trees, cattails, and reed canary grass. We then created new wetlands, prairie and savanna, restored a stream bank and installed more than 150,000 native plant plugs. We currently have ongoing responsibility for invasive species management including herbicide treatment and prescribed fire. ecology + vision is conducting vegetation monitoring in aquatic, emergent, wet prairie, wet-mesic prairie, mesic prairie, dry prairie, savanna, and woodland habitats throughout the project site.

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The Pizzo Group is a family of four companies that restores ecosystems and provides sustainable landscape solutions that are both beautiful and functional. We do this at any job site, any size project and within any ecosystem. Our processes are collaborative and range from design through implementation.