McHenry County Conservation District  •  18410 US Highway 14 •  Woodstock, IL 60098  •  815-338-MCCD(6223)

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Research Field Station


 

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The Research Field Station is apart of the Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park

The Research Field Station coordinates ecological restoration land management for the northeastern region of the county, including Glacial Park. A three-season internship program is available for college-age students in natural resource related fields of study, in which students are introduced to the length and breadth of conservation in the Midwest. Numerous public programs are offered related to ecological restoration as part of the People & Nature Program with and opportunity to earn an Ecological Restoration Certificate, and two Weekend of Restoration programs hosted in the sping and fall.

Land Preservation & Natural Resources Division (LPNR)– Research Field Station

Staff
Tom Simpson, Field Station Ecologist  

(815) 678-4532
tsimpson@mccdistrict.org

Departmental Overview

The Research Field Station is responsible for oversight of the LPNR internship program, scientific research on District lands, public education on natural resource issues, curation of scientific specimens, and management and enlargement of the District’ s natural resource and cartographic archives. In addition, staff is responsible for the ongoing restoration management of over 4,000 acres of District lands in Region 1.


Major Areas of Concentration

Region 1 Land Management and Restoration

The RFS program is responsible for day-to-day management activities of protected land within Region 1, the county’s northeast corner. The RFS Ecologist position serves as the Ecologist for this area, and is responsible for ensuring that standard management activities such as prescribed burning, brush removal and control of exotic species is completed at Glacial Park.

Internship Recruitment and Training

The RFS is charged with the development and oversight of much of the LPNR Division's internship program. These internships provide students an opportunity to gain practical experience within the field of resource management, while assisting the District to complete important restoration, management and research projects. The program utilizes existing District housing facilities at Glacial Park to house students in a residential setting while they are employed by the District.

Ecological Research and Monitoring
The RFS oversees all requests for ecological research on District sites by outside individuals and entities.The RFS Ecologist issues permits, keeps other District departments informed of ongoing research, and ensures that completed data is received in a timely manner by the Conservation District.


Public Education

The Field Station Ecologist is responsible for the People & Nature Certification Program, the first-ever educational program of workshops designed around the practice and philosophy of ecological restoration and the natural history and science that supports restoration. For more information, click here.

Archives and Research Library

The RFS maintains and enlarges the research library and District land use history archives in the Lost Valley Visitor Center. The archives and library are available to all District staff and the public upon request.

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