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Algonquin receives grant to create additional pollinator habitats

Algonquin recently was awarded $20,000 from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation for its Pollinator Meadows Pilot Program.

According to a news release, the money will be used to create additional pollinator habitats in the village.

The Pollinator Meadows Pilot Program grant, according to the release, 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," the village said. "This ecosystem plays an important role in the reproduction of flowering plants."

This effort is part Algonquin's plans to promote promote wise conservation stewardship, including the protection and maintenance of pollinators and their habitats in parks and open spaces, the village said.

As part of this grant pilot program, Algonquin will agree to maintain the meadows at Holder Park Detention and Woods Creek Trail.

“The village is committed to restoring open spaces to native areas," Village President John Schmitt said. "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.”

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation’s Pollinator Meadows Pilot Grant Program's goal is to help local governments and nonprofits convert turf grass to pollinator habitat.

The Illinois Clean Energy Community 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, according to a news release.

The foundation operates under an endowment provided by Com-Ed.

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