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Wetland Specialist Added to Native Plant Management Seminar

CAMPTON HILLS, IL     Al Roloff, Natural Resource Manager of the DeKalb County Forest Preserve is joining the speakers at Garfield Farm Museum's 27th Annual Prairie, Woodlands, and Wetlands Management Seminar on Saturday February 16th from 8:30 am  4:30 pm. Reservations are now being taken.      

Roloff's experience and expertise includes natural area management with an emphasis on wetland plants. In the afternoon, he and Jerome Johnson, museum biologist will conduct a discussion on methods to encourage native plants and discourage aggressive invasive species. Roloff has propagated and raised various native wetland plants and has the special knowledge of working with herbicides to control reed canary grass and phragmites or common reed which are devastating acres of our rare surviving wetlands.     

Although many property owners may think their property was always moderately dry, a good amount of Illinois was actually a wet prairie which at least had seasonal standing water. Only a hundred years of draining and installing drain tiles to make such lands productive for farming has delivered Illinois from being a soggy state. Many communities built on former farm land are surprised to need at least one if not three sump pumps to keep their basements dry.

Roloff has worked with NIU professor, Paul Sorenson and they have implemented practical solutions for a diverse variety of situations through a business they established, Natural Resource Services.     Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennial Farm in Springfield, WI, has extensive experience in growing native plants from seed, using native plants with cultivars for more formal gardens, and has worked with prominent public gardens like Chicago's Millennial Park.

Conner Shaw's experience with growing native trees and shrubs from seed is unrivaled in the region. His Monee based Possibilities Place Nursery has specialized in not only producing hard to find natives but also all their product has a much greater concentration of roots in the root ball enhancing the tree's ability to establish itself and thrive.    

From backyard gardeners, home owner associations to owners of natural area acreage, this seminar covers all the key methods and techniques of preserving and using the best adapted plants for the Illinois environment. There is a $50 donation for the all day seminar which includes lunch and refreshments. Half day attendance without lunch is $25. Garfield Farm Museum is located five miles west of Geneva, IL off ILL Rt. 38 on Garfield Road. For reservations call 630 584-8485 or email

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