Palos Restoration Project was founded in 1990, holding its first workday at Spears Woods in September of that year. Several original members from that time continue with us as site stewards today.
We marked our 25th anniversary in conjunction with the Forest Preserves of Cook County's Centennial celebration in September 2015.
We volunteer at a dozen different sites and work every weekend of the year. Depending on the season, we cut and burn brush, pull weedy invasive plants like garlic mustard, or collect and distribute seed.
Invasive plants, usually brought from outside our region, take over entire areas and crowd out the native plants that once grew there. It takes a focused effort to remove the invaders and give the original inhabitants a fighting chance at survival.
The goal of restoration is to identify troubled natural areas and make them healthier for plants and animals native to them.
The joy of restoration is getting outdoors in beautiful places, and celebrating victories like an increase in wildflowers or grasses in a restored area.