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Village of Schaumburg Biodiversity Recovery Plan. Schaumburg is located approximately 26 miles northwest of Chicago. The village was incorporated on March 7, 1956 and consisted of 130 residents and a land area of 2 square miles.

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Village of Schaumburg Biodiversity Recovery Plan


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Getting Started on a Biodiversity Recovery Plan Chicago.

  • Elected Officials became involved

  • NIPC, resolution in support of CW BRP

  • Planning Dept. staff assigned to lead this project

  • Consultant was hired


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Applied Ecological Services worked closely with the village to identify our goals and to refine the scope of work.

AES worked with village staff to incorporate comments made by the village and conducted presentations to elected officials at public meetings


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Scope of Work to identify our goals and to refine the scope of work.

  • The village developed four goals in order to fulfill the mission of the CW BRP

    • Create a Biodiversity Plan

    • Address Residential and Corporate Applications of Biodiversity

    • Target High Priority Sites

    • Ordinance Development


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Project Approach to identify our goals and to refine the scope of work.

  • Ecological Assessment

  • Natural Area Restoration

  • High Priority Sites

  • Conservation Development Planning

  • Greenway Opportunities

  • Funding Mechanisms

  • Ordinance Review

  • Educational Information


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Ecological Assessment to identify our goals and to refine the scope of work.

  • Identifies representative natural communities within the village.

  • The assessment documents the flora and fauna of both terrestrial and aquatic habitats on open lands and includes a discussion of the potential presence of rare species.


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Natural Resource Inventory to identify our goals and to refine the scope of work.


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Natural Area Restoration to identify our goals and to refine the scope of work.

  • This section provides an introduction to the philosophy behind ecological restoration and management.

  • Common restoration techniques as well as methods of maintaining and monitoring natural areas are described.

  • Suggested performance standards, specifications, and cost estimates are included.


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High Priority Sites to identify our goals and to refine the scope of work.

  • Using the ecological assessment, high priority sites were identified.

  • There are 12 high priority sites that comprise 937 acres

  • The sites range in size from 7.8 acres to 350 acres

  • This section provides a closer look at the current condition of each site, assesses the impact of surrounding land use, and suggests a restoration and management plan.


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How has the village used this information? to identify our goals and to refine the scope of work.

  • The BRP plan recommended that the village guide development of the Loeber Farm Property to be sensitive to the environmental resources on site


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Design Guidelines for environmentally significant parcels to identify our goals and to refine the scope of work.

  • Loeber Farm Guidelines

    • Created by staff and approved by the Village Board

    • Development plans for this project are currently under review


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Loeber Farm Landscape Plan to identify our goals and to refine the scope of work.


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Conservation Development Planning to identify our goals and to refine the scope of work.

  • This section includes an overview of the basic principles behind conservation development and discusses the use of native landscaping and alternative stormwater management in new developments.

  • Retrofitting commercial and residential areas.


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Greenway Opportunities to identify our goals and to refine the scope of work.

  • Connectivity of open space within the village and with adjacent municipalities.

  • Opportunities to create larger habitats.


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Funding Mechanisms to identify our goals and to refine the scope of work.

  • Great resource for the village and private organizations.

  • Information on funding sources for land acquisition, restoration, and education.


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Ordinance Review to identify our goals and to refine the scope of work.

  • Complete renovation of some codes:

    • Zoning Ordinance

      • Landscaping and Screening

      • Tree Preservation

      • Wetland Protection Overlay District

      • Weeds Declared Nuisance

      • Definitions


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Ordinance Review to identify our goals and to refine the scope of work.

  • Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance

    • Storm Sewer and Drainage Systems

    • Protection of Existing Trees, Landscaping, Parkway Grading and Sedimentation


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Residential and Corporate Biodiversity Guides to identify our goals and to refine the scope of work.


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Commercial Sites to identify our goals and to refine the scope of work.

  • The village worked closely with Motorola to reduce erosion along lengthy stretches of drainage swales using native plantings.


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School District assist with the removal of invasive species

  • The village assisted School District 54 in preparing a bid for selective clearing of invasive species at their nature center


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Residential Sites assist with the removal of invasive species

  • Townhomes of Brookhill Homeowners Assoc. completed a “retro-fit” of their detention pond using native plants, and was able to take advantage of a $100,000.00 interest free loan from the village


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Nantucket Cove “Before” assist with the removal of invasive species


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Nantucket Cover “After” assist with the removal of invasive species


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Results assist with the removal of invasive species

  • Village initiated projects

    • Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center site combines vegetated swales in the parking lot with native landscaping in the detention areas.

    • Expansion of Engineering and Public Works Facility and Fire Station #5 combines vegetated swales in the parking lot with native landscaping in the detention areas.

    • Public pocket park planted with native plantings.

    • Active in Salt Creek and Poplar Creek Watershed Planning projects.

    • Issued 4 residential natural landscaping permits.

    • Quarterly Biodiversity Reports are compiled to keep our elected officials up to date on our biodiversity progress.

    • Yeargin Creek; final phase has been submitted for funding.


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Results assist with the removal of invasive species

  • Private projects

    • Motorola has converted 7% of their turf to native plantings and were recognized by the US EPA and CW for their efforts.

    • Tallgrass Restoration relocated to Schaumburg and installed native landscaping on their site.

    • Six detention ponds in PUD’s have been retrofitted with natural landscaping; 2 additional projects are under review. Two new residential developments have been built with naturalized landscaping around the detention/retention facilities.

    • Twelve commercial developments have been built with naturalized landscaping.


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Small Projects Make a Big Difference. assist with the removal of invasive species

  • 2008 Rain Barrel Initiative


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Yeargin Creek Improvements assist with the removal of invasive species

  • Tributary No. 5 to the West Branch of Salt Creek

  • Channelized stream with mud and silt bottom

  • Landscape treatment along the stream bank consisted of bluegrass lawn

  • Extreme fluctuations during storm events


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  • Tell people how great your community is!

  • Interpretive signage can be beneficial in explaining why natural landscaping is used and how it is maintained


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  • Poplar Creek Watershed

  • Salt Creek Watershed

  • CMAP Environment and Natural Resources Working Committee

  • Illinois Climate Change Advisory Group

  • Chicago Wilderness 2008 Congress Planning Committee


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