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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Eden Place Bring Nature to the City in Chicago
Midwest Region, September 9, 2013
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Eden Place Founder and Executive Director Michael Howard uses a pick axe to start the first hole in which one of 26 trees were planted at Eden Place Nature Center in September.
Eden Place Founder and Executive Director Michael Howard uses a pick axe to start the first hole in which one of 26 trees were planted at Eden Place Nature Center in September. - Photo Credit: Louise Clemency/USFWS
Eden Place community volunteers help finish digging a hole into which one of 26 trees was planed in September.
Eden Place community volunteers help finish digging a hole into which one of 26 trees was planed in September. - Photo Credit: Michael Redmer/USFWS
Eden Place community volunteers place a small oak tree in a hole.  This was one of 26 trees purchased by the Service and planted at Eden Place Nature Center in early September 2013.
Eden Place community volunteers place a small oak tree in a hole. This was one of 26 trees purchased by the Service and planted at Eden Place Nature Center in early September 2013. - Photo Credit: Louise Clemency/USFWS
Eden Place volunteers (left) join Founder and Executive Director Michael Howard (second from right) and Luis Zaragoza (USFWS Chicago Office) in a pose next to one of the first of 26 oak trees planted at Eden Place Nature Center in early September 2013.
Eden Place volunteers (left) join Founder and Executive Director Michael Howard (second from right) and Luis Zaragoza (USFWS Chicago Office) in a pose next to one of the first of 26 oak trees planted at Eden Place Nature Center in early September 2013. - Photo Credit: Louise Clemency/USFWS
As work on the Eden Place Nature Center procedes in the coming months and years, the small trees like this one will grow and help Eden Place to serve as a real
As work on the Eden Place Nature Center procedes in the coming months and years, the small trees like this one will grow and help Eden Place to serve as a real "Urban Oasis." - Photo Credit: Louise Clemency

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chicago Illinois Field Office staff are helping to fuel community conservation in Chicago through a grassroots partnership with the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Service provided technical support, on-site assistance, and through the Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program, purchased native trees and plants to be installed on the grounds of the Eden Place Nature Center in Chicago, Illinois.

One of Eden Place's primary goals is to provide on its roughly two acre site an "Urban Oasis" for local residents and children of the Fuller Park neighborhood and other communities of Chicago. Eden Place recently developed a master plan to create replicas of several representative natural communities including oak woodlands, wetlands, and native tallgrass prairie. These native plantings will be used as educational exhibits for children who visit Eden Place, as well as to provide habitat for migratory birds, butterflies, and other wildlife that pass through the Chicago area. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided 26 sapling oak and hickory trees as well as more than 1000 native tallgrass prairie plants that were later planted on the grounds of Eden Place.

Eden Place Nature Center, Audubon Chicago Region, the Forest Preserves of Cook County, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are partners in supporting a program called Wild Indigo Nature Explorations. Wild Indigo Nature Explorations seeks to connect Chicagoans with nature through guided field trips to nature preserves. Wild Indigo partners from the RTW Vet Center and the Little Smiles Big Dreams Kid's Club joined in at Eden Place to help plant the future oak savanna at Eden Place.

Learn more about our partnership: http://dnain.fo/155GG8g


Link to Wild Indigos on Facebook, RTW Vet Center Web Page, and link to recent coverage of this story on the website of DNA infor Chicago
https://www.facebook.com/#!/WildIndigoSouth http://www.rtwvetcenter.org/ http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130906/fuller-park/wild-indigo-hopes-inspire-south-siders-by-introducing-them-nature/slideshow/435043/1
Contact Info: Michael Redmer, 847-381-2253, Mike_Redmer@fws.gov



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