BENEFITING: National Forest Foundation
In fall of 2015, the Prairie State – Illinois – will get a new herd of bison. Part of a broader restoration effort at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie that aims to return this special place to its original tallgrass prairie ecosystem, the bison reintroduction opens an exciting new chapter for Midewin and the country.
The webcam will feature the new bison herd as they roam near the corral and watering hole. This campaign will provide funding for the camera, installation and continued maintenance of the system.
The camera will be installed prior to the bison’s arrival and will be live by November 2015. Wildlife fans from across the world can watch the bison via the National Forest Foundation, U.S. Forest Service and EarthCam.
Just an hour from Chicago, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie once housed part of the former Joliet Ammunition Plant. Today, it’s a large-scale work-in-progress as the Forest Service, the National Forest Foundation, and our many partners work to restore a native prairie ecosystem. The bison reintroduction project offers an opportunity to study how bison can aid in the restoration of tallgrass prairie and prairie bird habitat, and provides a unique opportunity for viewing these majestic creatures.
About the National Forest Foundation
The National Forest Foundation promotes the health and public enjoyment of our 193-million-acre National Forest System. We believe that communities should play a leading role in determining the future of our National Forests and Grasslands, so we focus our efforts on connecting these communities, and the people who comprise them, to the tools, knowledge, and funding to become active and devoted stewards of this incredible public estate.
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