Steering Committee

Executive Committee:

Deb Maurer (Chair) Lake County Forest Preserve District

Jeff Mengler (Vice Chair) Hey & Associates  


Steering Committee:

Trish Beckjord - Midwest Groundcovers, LLC

Cindy Hedges - DuPage County Forest Preserve District

Dan Larkin - Chicago Botanic Garden

John Legge - The Nature Conservancy

Delane Strohmeyer - USDA-Forest Service, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Pat Charlebois - Illinois Indiana Sea Grant



Former Steering Committee Members

Eric Ulaszek (Vice Chair) - USDA Forest Service, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie 

Becky Collings - The Field Museum

Kurt Dreisilker - Morton Arboretum

Rebecca Grill - Park District of Highland Park

Kathy Paap - Lake County Health Department

Dan Spencer - Cook County Forest Preserve District  

Karen Tharp - The Nature Conservancy - Illinois Chapter