Saturday, July 23, 2016 • 9 a.m. - Noon
Ken DeSutter acreage near Manito, Illinois (located ¾ of a mile south of the intersection of Spring Lake Road and Spring Garden Road)
See Ken’s project of more that 12,000 trees and shrubs and 19 acres of pollinator habitat.
DeSutter has been working for years to increase the wildlife and pollinator species living on his property.
“I grew up on this farm, and when I was younger, I could walk through the field and stir up a covey of quail or a brood of pheasants,” DeSutter recalled.
As time went on the birds started to disappear with their habitat, and DeSutter started to enroll land into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) administered by the Farm Service Agency. Ken received technical assistance from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to establish wildlife habitat. He has planted more than 12,000 trees and shrubs on the property to re-establish habitat for the birds. He has planted 19 acres to pollinators. Additional acres have been planted to cool season grasses, firebreaks, and native prairie grasses.
Now Trees Forever Pollinator Habitat Conservation funding will help the existing project, and Trees Forever is showcasing the property to encourage environmental stewardship.
“For 15 years, Trees Forever has worked with Illinois landowners—teaching them how to use native plants to feed and shelter bees, birds and other pollinators vital to our food supply,” Trees Forever Field Coordinator Debbie Fluegel said. “The best way to learn about these conservation efforts is to see them in practice—which is why we hold field days like this.”
“Ken DeSutter has established nearly a half section of wildlife habitat in Spring Lake Township,” said Tim Malone, NRCS Soil Conservationist, “A total of 185 of cropland acres has been established and/or renovated on this farm. You’ll see a true diversity of wildlife habitat on these rolling sand hills.”
Learn how to create & maintain wildlife habitat and about other conservation practices including burning off invasive plants
Learn what programs are available from Trees Forever, FSA, NRCS and DNR to help landowners establish wildlife habitat
Register on-line at www.treesforever.org/BandBforBirds or by calling Becky Smith at 1-800-369-1269 x 112. Lunch is provided. There is no cost for attending, but please register by July 21 to help us plan for lunch.
Field Day Partners: Trees Forever, Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR).