Calumet Stewardship Initiative


The Calumet Stewardship Initiative is offering a special training series for volunteers who are dedicated to stewardship of the Calumet region's natural areas.The 2014 Volunteer Leadership Training Series will educate participants about the ecology of the Calumet region and help them develop the skills necessary to become leaders in monitoring and managing natural resources at local waterways and nature preserves.

For seven weeks this summer, nine high school students from the Chicago side of the Calumet Region participated in the Ford Environmental Leadership Internship run by The Field Museum. These interns worked to create and implement an action project that addressed a pressing climate change issue they saw in their community – citywide water management given the predicted increase in floods and droughts in the Chicago region. When they learned that flooding....

Eggers Grove Forest Preserve is one of the last marsh, wet-prairie, and dune complexes in the Calumet Region. The 205-acre preserve, owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County, contains more than 45 acres of rich wetlands - a small remnant of the approximately 25,000 acres of wetland that once dominated the Calumet Region. Along with wetlands, Eggers Grove is comprised of oak woodlands and savannas, making it one of the region’s most important natural areas.

Friends of  the Forest Preserves (FOTFP) is an independent non-profit organization advocating for responsible management of the forest preserves of Cook County. Through advocacy, internships, and ecological restoration we promote responsible management of the more than 68,000 acres of forest preserve land including those in the Calumet Region.  

FOTFP collaborates closely with the Calumet Stewardship Initiative to recruit volunteers and promote recreational opportunities for the forest preserves of the Calumet Region.  FOTFP also partners with CSI members to implement large scale ecological restoration projects in the region. Activities for these projects include invasive species removal and prescribed burns.

On October 19th, 2012 the Calumet Stewardship Initiative launched a new website. The new site will help CSI partners communicate with each other and the wider public in ways that increase public awareness of the unique value of the Calumet region and of opportunities for individuals and groups to contribute to regional quality of life.

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