The Northwest Illinois chapter works in the Driftless Area of Illinois. The area contains hill prairie, oak woodland, sand prairie, oak savanna, sedge meadow, oak barren, and tallgrass (black soil) prairie. We work to protect, restore and manage these fire-dependent habitats.
NIPE projects are primarily located within Jo Daviess, Carroll, and Stephenson Counties in Illinois. We invite you to join us!
Board representative: Jim Rachuy, email
What's NewWinter update
We had a surprisingly successful late burn season in November and December 2017. (Please see Rickie Rachuy’s Seed Shed Doings blog for December 2017; click here.) Seed tasks are finally done for the season, with over two tons dried, sorted, and either used in our various prairie restoration efforts or sold for retail use. NIPE's seed shed and greenhouse at Lonetree are in the photo to the right.
Prairie work continues even when winter sets in. We have helped the Gateway Savanna Restoration Project with the Galena Area Land Enthusiasts; worked on the wilderness at Lonetree removing honeysuckle; burned brush piles at Hanley’s West Savanna; cut and piled brush at Wapello, and also helped private landowners with their savanna restorations. In the photo below, we see the crew taking a break at Gateway Park.
If you prefer to stay indoors during the winter season, check out our Facebook page! You can find it by logging into Facebook and then doing a quick search for “Northern Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts – NIPE.” Or, just click here