CFC recently received a 2011 Conservation and Native Landscaping Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Chicago Wilderness. The award, presented December 7, honored CFC for its Flint Creek Savanna restoration.
The award recognizes “sites that are exemplary in the use of native landscaping, ecosystem restoration and protection, and/or conservation design. These practices create and protect habitat for a variety of native plant and animal species and result in important environmental benefits for both people and nature.”
Chicago Wilderness and the EPA commended CFC’s commitment to Flint Creek Savanna, including the dedication of CFC’s active volunteer base. They were impressed with the enhanced habitat and biodiversity of prairie, wetland, and oak woods as well as the sharing of seed and plants with other local conservation groups and restoration projects
The judges also cited CFC’s protection of habitat for nesting migratory birds and its public education and communication initiatives.