ComEd and Openlands recently awarded grants from the ComEd Green Region Program to 25 recipients, ranging from municipalities to forest preserve districts, throughout northern Illinois.
One of the 25 recipients was the Kendall County Forest Preserve District’s Henneberry Forest Preserve Tree Mitigation and Prairie Shrubland Restoration Project. This project will restore 45 acres of oak savanna and prairie shrubland habitat at Henneberry Forest Preserve, expanding pollinator and conservative grassland bird species habitat as part of the regional Fox Valley Monarch Corridor Project.
The grantees will each receive up to $10,000 for open space projects that focus on conservation, preservation, and improvements to local parks and recreation resources.
This marks the fifth year that ComEd is partnering with Openlands, one of the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations in the nation, for the ComEd Green Region Program. This year’s grant cycle featured a special focus on projects that help pollinators like butterflies and bees.
The Green Region partnership is one of the many ways ComEd and Openlands give back to support environmental projects in the region. Openlands, a Chicago-based nonprofit focused on land conservation, administers the Green Region Program.
“Openlands believes that open space – from trails and preserves to public gardens and tree-lined streets – is critical for the quality of life of our region,” said Openlands President and CEO Jerry Adelmann. “Thanks to ComEd’s support, we are able to help communities throughout northern Illinois create and enhance open space where their citizens live, work and play.”
Additional information on the ComEd Green Region Program can be found at openlands.org/greenregion.