Mettawa Cost Share Opportunity for Invasive Shrub and Tree Removal

We thank the residents and Village of Mettawa for clearing invasive shrubs within the community! Within three weeks of our cost-share mini-grants becoming available, residents successfully depleted the fund and as of June 2021, most of the clearing was completed.

Mettawa is nestled within Lake County’s largest remaining woodland, so the actions its residents have taken 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.”

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.