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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
Activity Code: W026
Date: Monday, April 15
Established in 1996 on the former Joliet Arsenal, the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is the first national tallgrass prairie and, at 19,000 acres, the largest piece of contiguous open space in northeastern Illinois. Visit this scenic area and hear how staff and volunteers are working together to restore the natural resources and biodiversity of the site using a comprehensive land and resource management plan. Transportation: Motorcoach, walking. Includes lunch.
Robert A. Hommes
Engineer, Midewin Nat Tallgrass Prairie
Phone: (815) 423-6370
Work: Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie: 2002-Present, Engineering Team Leader
Education: University of Illinois - B.S Civil Engineering, 1981
Senior Ecologist, The Wetlands Initiative
Work: I am an ecologist with The Wetlands Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring wetland resources in the Chicago Region. Part of my job over the past 12 years has been to work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in the restoration of over 2,000 acres of prairie and wetlands.
Education: 1995: PhD in Ecology from Binghamton University, Binghamton NY 1988: BS in Biology from Elmira College, Elmira NY 1975: BA in Anthropology from St. John Fisher College, Rochester NY
Publications: Sullivan, G., J. C. Callaway and J. B. Zedler. 2007. Plant assemblage composition explains and predicts how biodiversity affects salt marsh functioning. Ecological Monographs. 77: 569-590. Morzaria-Luna, H., J.C. Callaway, G. Sullivan, and J.B. Zedler. 2004. Relationship between topographic heterogeneity and vegetation patterns in a Californian salt marsh. Journal of Vegetation Science. 15: 523-530. Callaway, J. C., Sullivan, G., and Zedler, J. B. 2003. Species-rich plantings increase biomass and nitrogen accumulation in a wetland restoration experiment. Ecological Applications. 13:1626-1639. Sullivan, G. 2002. Restoring a complex of backwater lakes, wetlands, and prairie on the Illinois River. Ecological Restoration. 20:134-135. Sullivan, G. 2001. Establishing vegetation in restored and created coastal wetlands. in: J. B. Zedler (ed.), Handbook of restoring coastal wetlands. CRC Marine Science Series. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. Zedler, J. B., J. C. Callaway, and G. Sullivan. 2001. Declining biodiversity: Why species matter and how their functions might be restored in Californian tidal marshes. Bioscience, 51, 1005-1017.
Other Publications: P.G. Bajer, G. Sullivan, and P.W. Sorenson. 2009. Effects of a rapidly increasing population of common carp on vegetative cover and waterfowl in a recently restored shallow lake. Hydrobiologia. DOI 10.1007/s10750-009-9844-3. Titus, J. E., D. Grisé, G. Sullivan, M. D. Stephens. 2004. Monitoring submersed vegetation in a mesotrophic lake: correlation of two spatio-temporal scales of change. Aquatic Botany. 79:33-50.
Past Assignments: 2012 Chicago Wilderness Congress: 12 years of restoration at Midewin: Challenges and opportunities 2011 Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting: Declining ecosystem performance of a restored lake and marsh associated with a rapidly expanding population of invasive carp (Cyprinus carpio) 2011 Bottomland Ecosystem Restoration Conference: Challenges in restoring bottomland lake and marsh functions: impacts of invasive plants and fish at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes, Illinois 2009 Invited Speaker, Binghamton University: Large-scale Wetland Restoration: Goals, Strategies, and Challenges
Joseph P. Roth
Work: Restoration Program Manager - Openlands (1992 to present), Planning Program Manager - Forest Preserve District of Will County (1989-1992)
Midewin Nat Tallgrass Prarie
Work: -Environmental Education Specialist, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, 2010 to present -Naturalist, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County,Willowbrook Wildlife Center, 2001-2009 -Instructor, The Morton Arboretum, 2006-2009 -Insturctor, Joliet Junior College, Agriculture and Horticulture Dept., 1999-2005 (intermittently)
Education: Bachelors of Science in Forestry, University of Illinois, '97 Masters of Science in Education, Northern Illinois University, '99
USDA Forest Service
Work: Restoration Ecologist with the USDA Forest Service
Education: MS University of Illinois at Chicago - Ecology
Volunteer Coordinator, Midewin Nat Tallgrass Prairie
Phone: (815) 423-2149
Work: I work for The Nature Conservancy in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to coordinate the volunteer program at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Midewin attracts about 400 adults and 100 youth volunteers each year that help us reach goals in restoration, ecological monitoring, education and recreation.
Education: I attended Joliet Junior College for ecology and botany courses. This is where I became familiar with Midewin while participating in the Grassroots Club. I then attended Lewis University to graduate with a B.A. in Chemistry and B.S. in Biology, minoring in environmental science.
Past Assignments: Chicago Wilderness Congress, November 2012 and the Volunteer & Service Workshop (US Forest Service), January 2013
USDA Forest Service
Work: Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Supervisor
Gary A. Foyle
Project Manager, AECOM
Phone: (312) 373-6552
Work: Mr. Foyle is a project manager with AECOM, where he has been engaged in a variety of transportation planning assignments, focusd on transit. He was Metra's first planning director, a position he held for 23 years, and was responsible for establishing, staffing, and implementing Metra’s ambitious planning agenda. Earlier in his career, he worked as an analyst/planner for the Chicago RTA and a transportation planner with the DuPage County Regional Planning Commission.
Education: BA and MA in Economics
John B. O'Neal
Planner (Transportation / Land Use), CMAP
Work: John O’Neal is a transportation planner at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the official regional planning organization for northeastern Illinois – a region comprising seven counties and 284 municipalities. As program manager of CMAP’s bicycle and pedestrian program, John works primarily on projects related to non-motorized transportation planning and programming. As staff liaison for CMAP’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force, John works closely with the region’s many partners and stakeholders to encourage, plan for, and help design developments and transportation systems that support these modes of travel. John’s work embodies and exemplifies his agency’s mandate to coordinate and integrate land use and transportation planning, and to assist local communities in finding individual ways to develop and grow, which support a regional vision and regional goals. Through his work in non-motorized transportation planning and programming, John hopes to help the region and its many communities become more walkable and bikeable, and, more broadly, to develop in ways that are healthy, equitable, and sustainable.
Education: BA - Sarah Lawrence College MA - University of Chicago MUPP - University of Illinois at Chicago
Past Assignments: APA National Conference (2012, Los Angeles) -- Session Speaker: Complete Streets Implmentation in Chicagoland