Waubonsee Community College recently received an Outstanding Project Award from Trees Forever, a nonprofit organization dedicated to tree planting, prairie restoration and watershed management.
As part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Trees Forever, the organization chose 20 outstanding environmental projects to honor. Waubonsee was honored for the wetland restoration efforts it has undertaken at its Sugar Grove campus. These efforts are part of the collegeâ€™s involvement with the Illinois Buffer Partnership, a program aimed at improving water quality by creating buffers of trees, shrubs and grasses along streams and in wetlands.
The college received a grant as part of this program in 2002. With the help of faculty, staff, students and other volunteers, the college has been able to grow the number of native plant species found in the wetlands from 56 in 2001 to 79 in 2005.