The summer's biking season kickoff event may have been a cold one, but there was a surprising turnout thanks to determined bikers of all ages.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Jacob Ader
Monday, May 16, 2011
Dozens of bikers of all ages arrived at the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital in Grayslake to register on the spot after 8:30 a.m. for the 15th annual Prairie Pedal May 15. Others who pre-registered sought refuge from the inclement weather in the Byron Colby Barn at Prairie Crossing. Chilling wind and rain wasn't enough to stop more than half of the 435 bikers who registered from going through with their ride. Those determined enough to fight through the weather could embark on four different arranged paths or create their own trek. The mapped paths included two shorter routes allowing the participants to traverse through Prairie Crossing up to Oak Openings and back, while the two more extensive paths included an opportunity to ride …
As planting season approaches, incorporating native shrubs, trees, and perennials offers a host of benefits.
This spring, an ecological option for gardeners is to plant species that are native to the Lake County prairie and savanna landscape. Sarah Surroz, conservation and outreach manager with Liberty Prairie Conservancy, an organization dedicated to preserving open spaces and restoring natural areas in Lake County, says that using these plants in your own yard is helpful to the environment, your pocket, and your way of life. “Though there are a lot of hardy perennials on the market, none of them are as successful at survival in the Midwest as those that evolved in the Midwest,” Surroz said. “So native plants are really going to give you the best bang for your buck.” According to Surroz, because native species have adapted to the rainfall and …