The health of Mettawa’s woodlands is so important that the U.S. Forest Service is now offering financial support to residents who want to hire qualified contractors for removal of buckthorn, honeysuckle and other invasive shrub and tree species. Through a new cost-share grant administered by Openlands, approved applicants are reimbursed half their costs, up to $3,000.
Mettawa is nestled within Lake County’s largest remaining woodland, so the actions its residents take will have a large impact on its strength. Healthy woodlands provide flood control, clean air, cooler temperatures, clean water, beauty, stress relief, wildlife habitat, and more. Invasive shrubs and trees, however, reduce those benefits and cause long-lasting damage to soil, wildlife, and the entire ecosystem.
We regularly hear the same reaction from those who have removed buckthorn, honeysuckle or other invasives from their woodlands: “It looks so much better now, and it is easier to walk on my property. I also see more sunshine, wildflowers, songbirds and butterflies.”
Apply early. Funds are limited and distributed on a first come first served basis.
Projects must be approved by Openlands before work begins.
About this Project
This work is funded by the U.S. Forest Service through a Landscape Scale Restoration Grant. Collaborative Partners are the Lake County Forest Preserve District, The Morton Arboretum, Openlands, McHenry County Conservation District, The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, The Conservation Foundation, DuPage County Forest Preserve District, Kendall County Forest Preserve District, and the Chicago Region Trees Initiative.
Local Partners are the Village of Mettawa and Mettawa Open Lands Association.
Openlands is a nonprofit 501c3 conservation organization, established in 1963 that, in Lake County, focuses its oak ecosystem work on the Villages of Mettawa, Riverwoods, Lincolnshire and Libertyville, where it continues to build upon the work of Conserve Lake County, which merged into Openlands in 2018. This effort is part of the Openlands Lands in Harmony program to support ecologically resilient landscapes in Lake County, IL. Openlands is an equal opportunity provider.