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Village Receives $20,000 Grant to Create Pollinator Meadows

The Village of Algonquin is excited to announce the awarding of $20,000 from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation that will be used to create additional pollinator habitats in the village.

The Pollinator Meadows Pilot Program grant will help offset costs to convert three acres of turf grass at Holder Park Detention and Woods Creek Trail into meadows with native wildflowers and grasses. These will create critical habitats for pollinators, such as bees, butterflies and moths, along with birds and other wildlife. This ecosystem plays an important role in the reproduction of flowering plants.

This effort is part of the Village’s continued committed to promote wise conservation stewardship, including the protection and maintenance of pollinators and their habitats in parks and open spaces. As part of this grant pilot program, the Village agrees to maintain the meadows at Holder Park Detention and Woods Creek Trail.

Village President John Schmitt said, “The Village is committed to restoring open spaces to native areas. Over the past 12-plus years, we have implemented numerous projects to restore more than 200 acres of turf grass into pollinator and natural habitats. By transforming these small areas of grass into beautiful meadows, we are creating a healthy habitat for birds and insects and enhancing overall environmental health and well-being.”

Other examples of native restoration projects include the Village’s Spella Park Pollinator Project by the Algonquin Public Library. In 2017, the Village restored 9 ½ acres of turf grass into a wildflower extravaganza. The Library has offered educational classes and site visits of the area. Additionally, the Village has built 12 stream restoration projects and 15 naturalized detention basin retrofits to restore natural areas and protect native species and animals.

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation’s Pollinator Meadows Pilot Grant Program aims to help local governments and nonprofits convert turf grass to pollinator habitat. The Foundation is committed to improving energy efficiency, advancing the development and use of renewable energy resources, and protecting natural areas and wildlife habitat in communities across Illinois. The independent foundation operates under an endowment provided by Commonwealth Edison.