Laurie Ryan – Plant Ecologist
MCCD Seed Cleaning Building
14308 Hemingsen Road
Huntley, Illinois 60142
To improve the biological health of MCCD lands through the monitoring and inventory of existing native plant communities, while providing the knowledge and materials to restore native plants and fungi to ecologically damaged lands.
The Plant Ecology Section of Natural Resource Management is responsible for a wide variety of projects related to vegetation management. Plant Ecology integrates its expertise closely with every other section of the department as well as many other departments within the greater District, especially Planning and Development and Educational Services. Staff includes a full-time Plant Ecologist. The Plant Ecology Section is currently housed in the Natural resource management Building at Glacial Park.
Major Areas of Concentration
The Plant Ecology Section is closely integrated into many aspects of overall departmental work plans, projects and activities. This section implements critical scientific inventory and monitoring needs related to vegetation District wide as well as providing native seed and plants for planting projects. A number of important departmental activities are the sole responsibility for the Plant Ecology Section. These include:
- Propagation, collection and installation of plant species native to McHenry County and identified as part of natural community restoration projects on District lands.
- Monitoring of all endangered or threatened plant populations located on District lands.
- Monitoring of long-term vegetation studies to track the effects of ecological management and restoration efforts.
- Baseline vegetative inventories of all new land acquisitions protected by MCCD.
- Operation and oversight of the MCCD Native Plant Nursery and Seed Processing Building.
- Coordination and creation of all natural community restoration seeding and planting plans on District sites.
- Oversight of all bid specifications and ordering for outside seed, plant and tree purchase.