The Morton Arboretum undertakes restoration and conservation not just for the sake of our own 1,700 acres, but to develop knowledge, skills, and insights that can help natural areas managers, property owners, and land managers. On this page, you’ll find links to many resources about natural areas, restoration and natural landscaping.
Model restoration projects
Schulenberg Prairie – See the 100-acre restored prairie on the West Side
Woodland Demonstration – Park at Big Rock Visitor Station and hike up Heritage Trail
Meadow Lake – Visit it just north of the Visitor Center
Invasive species control
Land use history
Nature Conservancy's Conservation by Design program
"Illinois Wildlife: A Historical Perspective" by Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Land Use History of North America published by US Geological Survey Biological Resources Division
Map of Pre-European-settlement vegetation in Northeastern Illinois from The Morton Arboretum Plant Conservation Research
Plant Community Profiles for Northeastern Illinois from The Morton Arboretum Plant Conservation Research
National and international
A Natural History of the Chicago Region, Joel Greenberg. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2002
Forest Trees of Illinois, Springfield, Ill.: Illinois Department of Natural Resources. 2006
Plants of the Chicago Region. Fourth Edition. Floyd Swink and Gerould Wilhelm. Indianapolis: Indiana Academy of Science. 1994
Handbook of Ecological Restoration, Cambridge University Press. 2002
Kane County Wild Plants & Natural Areas. Third Edition. Dick Young. Geneva, IL: Forest Preserve District of Kane County. 2008.
History of DuPage County, Illinois. Blanchard, Rufus. Chicago: O.L Baskin & Co., 1882.
A History of the County of DuPage, Illinois. Richmond, C. A. and H. F. Vallette. Chicago: Scripps et al., 1857
The Historical Ecology Handbook: a Restorationist's Guide to Reference Ecosystems. Egan, D., and E.A. Howell, editors. 2001. Island Press, Washington, DC, USA
Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. Hightshoe, Gary L. New York: Van Nostrand & Reinhold Co., 1998.
Nature's Heartland: Native Plant Communities of the Great Plains. Boon, Bill, and Harlen Groe. Iowa State University Press, 1990.
"Ecological Restoration and other Conservation Practices: The Difference," John Munro. Ecological Restoration 24:3 September 2006; 82-189.
"The Decline of Oak Forests," Craig Lorimer. BioScience October 2003. 53:10; 915.
"Long-term changes in an oak forest's woody understory and herb layer with repeated burning," Marlin L. Bowles et al. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 134(2), 2007; 223-237.
"Where has all the white oak gone?" Marc D. Abrams. BioScience. October 2003 53:10; 927-939.
Seminars & training
Education program at The Morton Arboretum. The Arboretum offers a wide array of classes in natural history, field ecology, ornithology, and related topics.
Links for community associations
Hardy trees and plants
Plants tolerant of wet sites
Plants for shady sites
Pond Management and Shoreline Protection
Some nurseries that sell native plants:
Some contractors that specialize in native landscaping and ecological restoration:
Links for homeowners