On-farm wetlands to be installed


A wetland built near Saunemin in 2018 (photo provided).

Several organizations are working together to improve water quality and wildlife habitat in north-central Illinois by building two wetlands on a private farm.


The public is encouraged to stop by and watch land improvement contractors carve out the wetlands in just days at Feather Prairie Farm near Dwight, IL, in Livingston County. In addition, the public is invited to the public open house and three free special functions, August 23-26, 2022.


Over one week, members of the Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association (ILICA) will be building two wetlands at Feather Prairie Farm. The 12.3-acre project will include implementing a 0.58-acre restored wetland and a 2.01-acre created wetland for treating tile drainage. The US Fish & Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and the Wetlands Initiative are covering design and construction costs. In addition, Illinois Pheasants Forever will be developing a prairie around the wetlands that will be planted with native species to attract pollinators and other wildlife to the area.


"Andie and I welcome you to visit our farm as we create two new wetlands! The goal of the project is to improve the quality of water flowing through Feather Prairie Farm and into the surrounding area. This area is also designed to support bees, butterflies, and other insects and wildlife. It is always our best intention to promote natural habitat; this project will be a great addition to our local environment." said Wes Lehman, the landowner.


The site will be open for anyone to visit and view the construction from 10 am to 4 pm, Tuesday, August 23 through Friday, August 26. Driving directions and the latest details about special events can be found at: https://www.smartwetlands.farm/smartwetland6

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