FREP E-Downstream
Friday, March 29, 2013                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
Please join us for these April activities:
FREP Legislative Focus Meeting   
with guest speaker, Jack Darin, Sierra Club of Illinois

Friday, April 5      11 AM - 1 PM     
The Lodge at Brewster Creek,  6N921 Route 25, St. Charles
Our March membership meeting was moved to this date, to better enable legislators to join us. We are pleased to have Jack Darin, Director of Sierra Club-Illinois, share key information about current conservation and environmental legislative issues.

While we don't yet have any legislators confirmed to attend, we look foward to the discussion we can have with Jack and focus on areas where FREP members can be more proactive. We will provide attendees with an updated list of legislators serving the Fox River Watershed, along with a list of discussion topics for you to raise when talking to your area representatives.

FREP President Katie Parkhurst will provide an overview of the Fox River Summit she and other FREP members attended in Wisconsin on March 22.

Come check out this beautiful facility at Brewster Creek, now a part of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. A few years ago there was a successful dam removal project completed at Brewster Creek, when this facility was still the YMCA camp.     Website       Map Link

A light lunch will be provided.

RSVPs are appreciated to help in planning for lunch.
Please email:  foxriverinfo@comcast.net or call Becky Hoag at 630-482-9157
FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Noon - 1:30 PM

Program: Celebration at Johnson's Mound Savanna
               Led by Drew Ullberg, FPD of Kane Co.
Location: Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve
               Hughes Road, approximately 1 mile west
               of Fabyan Parkway
               Blackberry Township, Elburn

FREP members and friends are invited to help District staff plant pot grown trees and talk about the preserve’s local and regional ecological importance.
Johnson's Mound
Officially THE first purchase of the newly formed Kane County Forest Preserve Commission, Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve was a humble 98 acres in 1926. Today the preserve covers 743 acres. Used for family reunions and LaFox community picnics well before it officially became a preserve,  Beeler’s Grove – as it was locally known --  has both a long ecological and local human history which when taken together add to the preserve’s site-wide appeal and importance.

Ecologically, “the Mound” is a glacial kame today dominated by mixed-mesophytic oak-hickory woodland containing dry-mesic forest and savanna components. Wetland, stream corridor and farm fields are also prevalent today across the vast preserve. The original 1838 Government Land Office maps of area indicated Johnson’s Mound was not wooded, but actually mapped within a vast prairie island. The site has well drained, gravelly soil that generally would not support a dense forest community, rather prairie, or black oak barrens.  

Detailed soils maps created by the USDA in the 1970s then revised in the late 1990s indicated wide bands of soils formed under prairie and savanna vegetation dominated the site. To more fully restore savanna conditions at the Mound woodland, staf run and contracted tree thinning operations commenced in 1996. Re-creation of oak savanna across open fields north of the Mound began here in 2007 and shall continue through 2014.  
 
FREP members, potential members, and the general public are welcome to attend the FREP Noon Networks and meetings and programs. Learn more about activities in the watershed and network with others.
FREP Meeting Minutes can be found HERE
 
Other Activities & News of Interest
If you have an activity or event you'd like FREP to share on our Website or in the Downstream, please email the information to Becky at: foxriverinfo@comcast.net
Sunday
April 7, 2013
1 - 3 PM
Rainwater Conservation Workshop
The Conservation Foundation
Clow Education Center at The Conservation Foundation's McDonald Farm
10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd., Naperville

FREE Workshop   Registration     Website
Rain Barrels available for sale  
Tuesday
April 9, 2013
Annual Northeastern Illinois Envirothon
Danada House, Wheaton
High School team competition
Details and team registration information at:
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
North Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District
Thursday
April 18, 2013
The Conservation Foundation's Earth Day Benefit Dinner
Bobak's Signature Events, Woodridge
Fee Reservations Required     Website
Saturday
April 20, 2013
Earth Day 2013 Celebration
Prairieview Education Center, Crystal Lake
Thursday
April 25, 2013
GreenTown: Building Healthy, Sustainable Communities
 Hotel Arista, Naperville
(Pre-conference events on April 24)    See FLYER for details

Healthy people. Healthy communities. Join DuPage FORWARD and Kane County Fit for Kids for GreenTown, an experience designed to create healthy, sustainable communities. Our aim: to bring together the public sector and the private sector to “connect the dots”, to inspire and to work together to remake our communities. From healthy living to local food, energy to green infrastructure, water to outdoor space, GreenTown will help you make the healthy choice the easy choice.
Saturday
May 4, 2013
8 AM - 12 PM
12th Annual Fox River & Chain O'Lakes Clean-Up
Several locations to start from, See flyer for details HERE
Sunday
May 5, 2013
2 PM
Free Guided Nature Walk at Dixie Briggs Fromm State Nature Preserve
Starting from Eastmoor Lane, Alonguin

You will be walking on mown trails with six Aldo Leopold benches to rest on. There are 5 bridges across Dixie Creek. The walk includes passing a Sedge Meadow and a wooded area with Black Locust trees. You guide will point out items of interest along the walk which normally takes between 1.5 and 2 hours. Come and enjoy the start of another of Mother Nature’s inspirational annual displays. This property was saved from development by Dundee Township Open Space Department, acquiring it from the heirs of local farmer Dixie Briggs Fromm.

This event will be featured in the April Downstream.
 
Of Special Interest
2013 Watershed & Stormwater Mangement Webcast Series from The Center for Watershed Protection is being hosted by the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission.
A series of live webcasts for public works, engineers and others on topics such as stormwater retrofits, stream restoration and other BMPs, and guidance on meeting NPDES Phase II requirements.
FREE, bring lunch. RSVP requested for each webcast.  For complete details and topics CLICK HERE
Dates are:   4/17, 5/15, 6/19, 9/18, 10/16, 11/20       11 AM to 1 PM
Illinois Riverwatcher  Spring 2013 Issue  from The National Great Rivers Research & Education Center
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District's Spring Tree & Fish Sale information is now posted HERE
Order deadlines in late March and early April.
The Citizen's Guide to Preserving the Fox River has been available at more than 100 distribution points along the Fox River and in the watershed, but now the supply is about out. The online version of the Citizen's Guide continues to be available HERE, along with a website full of information about how to help preserve our Fox River through your own actions.
 
Funding Opportunities
SCALE Grant from IEPA to support Stream Cleanups
It’s easy and with the SCALE grant from IEPA, you can get funding for supplies!  Stream clean ups are a great way to get your community involved and invested in improving water quality.  Pick a day, get some people together, and pick up some trash!   Details HERE
 
Becky Hoag, Communications Manager, Fox River Ecosystem Partnership    630-482-9157
foxriverinfo@comcast.net   Please Email me if you have an Email to add to our mailing list.
FREP WEBSITE:  foxriverecosystem.org

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