Lewis and Clark Community College and the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center recently received grants and funding totaling $420,000, which will be used to expand full-time staff and expand the capability of the Habitat Strike Team.
The Strike Team, whose major funding partners include the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Illinois Habitat Fund, Illinois Recreational Access Program (IDNR-IRAP) and the Division of Natural Heritage, has conducted habitat management and restoration work on both private and public lands since its inception in the spring of 2016.
The team is closely linked with L&C’s Restoration Ecology program, directed by Assistant Professor Scott Moss, by employing several graduates and providing students with career experience through paid internships. Along with Moss, student volunteers often help the Strike Team with various restoration projects throughout the year and assist on volunteer workdays hosted by local partners such as The Nature Institute.
The relationship between the two programs benefits both in several ways. For example, the Restoration Ecology program provides native plants to supplement the Strike Team’s restoration projects. In return, the Strike Team provides Restoration Ecology students chainsaw training days in the woods of the Godfrey campus.
PHOTO: The NGRREC Habitat Strike Team supports a prescribed fire conducted on an Illinois Recreation Access Property on March 5. Photo by Jacob Decker