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Conservation @ Home
Conservation at Home
The Conservation Foundation launched the initiative Conservation @ Home as an extension of its homeowner education and watershed protection efforts. It encourages and recognizes property owners who protect and/or create yards that are nature-friendly and conserve water.

This includes planting native vegetation, such as prairie and woodland wildflowers, trees and shrubs, creating butterfly and rain gardens, and removing exotic plant species.

Read the brochure below and see how you can participate and get your yard certified as a Conservation @ Home property.
Conservation @ Home weblink
Conservation @ Home Brochure
Bringing Nature to Your Yard
A "How To" Natural Landscaping Guide
Conservation@Home Plants List
Native Plant Resources List
The River and the Flower: How Native Landscaping and the Fox River Are Connected  - article by Trish Beckjord, RLA
 
Other Helpful Links:
Green Landscaping - USEPA
Wild Ones
U of I Extension Master Gardeners
  DuPage County
  Kane County
  Kendall County
  Lake County
  McHenry County
 
Guide
Visit the Conservation section, starting on Page 8, of the pdf version for stories about what homeowners in the Fox watershed have done on their property

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Native Landscaping
 
Native prairie and woodland plants evolved in this climate and are better suited for the cold deep freeze, the spring rain, and the hot drought conditions that we experience here in northern Illinois. This makes them easier, and more cost-effective to maintain. By using native plants, you can eliminate the need to use lawn chemicals and fertilizers that might infiltrate our water sources. Native plants also require little to no watering. They also have the added benefit of attracting wildlife such as birds and butterflies creating attractive, interesting spaces.

Deep-rooted native plant species are also better equipped for stabilizing soil and preventing erosion, slowing stormwater runoff, restoring water to the aquifer, and removing pollutants from stormwater runoff. This can improve our local water quality, and reduce damages from stormwater. Loss of open space and wildlife habitat and dirty rainwater runoff are the leading causes of environmental degradation in our developed areas. If we can replace some of this lost habitat in our yards, then we can reduce some of the negative impacts of development and have cleaner water in our neighborhoods.

In addition to these environmental and economic benefits of native plantings, these landscapes are aesthetically pleasing. They offer richness of texture and changing color. Even in the winter, the colors of native prairie grasses, seed pods and other plant materials are more interesting than brown turf grasses and unrelieved expanses of snow. This also offers outdoor recreation and education opportunities.
 
Illustration of Native Plants Room System and how deep they go:
Native Plant Root Systems
 
Daily Herald feature about The Conservation Foundation
and the Conservation @ Home program:

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A Citizen's Guide to Preserving the Fox River
in Illinois