Plant Communities
at the North Chicago Wetland Mitigation Site

Wetland restoration projects start by restoring the ecological integrity and natural structure of the habitat. Removing exotic (non-native) plants and restoring the native plant communities provides ecological function and resources for other species. Monitoring the plant communities is an important measure of restoration success.

 

We began monitoring plant communities at NCWMS in 2009.

  • Red Bat

In old fields, the most abundant species were:

  • Goldenrod - Solidago canadensis
  • Bluestem Grass - Andropogon gerardii
  • Indiangrass - Sorghastrum nutans
  • Buckthorn - Rhamnus cathartica*
  • Wild Strawberry - Fragaria virginiana
  • Canada Bluegrass - Poa compressa*
  • Yellow Coneflower - Ratibida pinnata
  • Kentucky Bluegrass - Poa pratensis*
  • Orchard Grass - Dactylus glomerata*
  • Sawtooth Sunflower - Helianthus grosseserratus

In prairie habitats the most abundant species were:

  • Buckthorn - Rhamnus cathartica*
  • Bluestem Grass - Andropogon gerardii
  • Indiangrass - Sorghastrum nutans
  • Kentucky Bluegrass - Poa pratensis*
  • Wild Strawberry - Fragaria virginiana 
  • Canada Bluegrass - Poa compressa*
  • Goldenrod - Solidago canadensis
  • Wild Quinine - Parthenium integrifolium
  • Little Bluestem - Schizachyrium scoparium
  • Yellow Coneflower - Ratibida pinnata

  • Images taken of sample plots in 2009 (before restoration efforts), 2012 (after restoration efforts), and 2015.

  • Images taken of sample plots in 2009 (before restoration efforts), 2012 (after restoration efforts), and 2015.

  • Images taken of sample plots in 2009 (before restoration efforts), 2012 (after restoration efforts), and 2015.