Swanberg Conservation Farm
Family Estate, Momence, Illinois
Project Period: 2008 – On-going
- 100 acres of master- planned Active-Family Conservation Farm
- Restoration of 25-acre Prairie Marsh, 50-acre Prairie/Savanna Complex, 20-acre Forested Floodplain
In 2008, LRMG was hired by Dale Swanberg and his wife Tracy to help them plan, design, and implement their dream of restored native forest, wetland and prairie oasis on 100 acres of previously farmed ground along the Kankakee River in rural Momence. LRMG consulted with Dale and Tracy and provided an overall existing conditions assessment of the 100-acre tract which included a vegetation survey, Illinois Natural Areas Index (INAI) for plant communities, and tree survey.
Restored forested floodplain Our plans included designs for not only the prairie, wetland, and savanna conservation areas but also formal native landscaping beds (butterfly gardens), organic orchards, vineyards, berry gardens, and tree plantations.
The designs included detailed grading and planting plans, as well as near term and long-term management/monitoring schedules for marsh restoration, trail plans, prairie/savanna establishment, and forested floodplain enhancement. In order to complement the Swanberg's private funding for this work, LRMG submitted and obtained partial conservation funding through SWCD-CRP and NRCS-WHIP programs.
Restored marshTo date, LRMG has implemented and completed installation and near-term management/ monitoring for establishment of : 25 acre Prairie/Marsh Complex (Field 1), 50 acre Prairie/Savanna Complex, 20 acres of forested floodplain enhancement, and 5 acres of native "butterfly gardens", orchards, vineyards, and berry gardens. Wetland/Native landscaping services have included bioengineering/temporary erosion control, native seeding, live plug installation, native tree installation (#5 and B/B stock), and all adaptive management(selective herbicide, prescribed burns, enrichment seeding, ecological mowing).