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PRESS RELEASE – Prairie Tour and Restoration Effort At Precious Bridgeview Prairie

The Village of Bridgeview, Township of Lyons’ Clerk’s Office, Sag Moraine Native Plant Community, and the Tallgrass Associates are embarking on an exciting project to restore a hidden gem that is often overlooked in Bridgeview. Bridgeview’s Shooting Star Prairie is located on Harlem Avenue and 76th Street and is 12 acres of remnant and restored prairie. There will be a tour of the Shooting Star Prairie on June 14th from 10 am – 11:30 am with a meeting spot in the Shark’s parking lot, weather permitting.

The Shooting Star Prairie is home to many rare species of native plants, moths, crayfish and more. The Shooting Star Prairie is a historically significant location, and a hopeful example of how focused ecological management does work to improve species diversity even when surrounded by commercial land use.

The Village of Bridgeview, Township of Lyons Clerk’s Office, Sag Moraine Native Plant Community, and the Tallgrass Associates have formed a coalition of interested individuals and organizations to assist in the restoration and development of this local historical treasure. The five- year plan includes the removal of invasive species, building of decks and seating, creating walking paths, addition of more visitor parking, and construction of educational signage. The goal is to make Shooting Star Prairie an accessible nature preserve that hosts educational opportunities, scientific research, and a place where residents can submerse themselves in a beautiful piece of Illinois history.

In addition to the tour on June 14th, there will be a clean-up-the-prairie day on June 21st from 10 am – 12:00 pm, weather permitting, and an invasive-species-removal day on June 28th from 10:00 am to 12 pm, weather permitting.

For more information, please email Lyons Township Clerk Elyse Hoffenberg at ehoffenberg@lyonsts.com.

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