About Us

Who We Are
 
  • The Midewin Tallgrass Prairie Alliance (Midewin Alliance) was incorporated in 1997.
  • Is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. 
  • Is comprised of conservation, environmental, and sportsmen's groups and individuals. 
  • Our members share a common interest in working with the U.S. Forest Service in planning, developing, and maintaining the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie - our nation's first National Tallgrass Prairie.
 
What We Do
  • To serve as an advocate and "Friend of Midewin" by supporting and promoting prairie habitat restoration at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.
  • To represent the interests of Midewin Alliance members, Midewin visitors, and Midewin volunteers.
  • To be the public voice for the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.
  • To promote an appreciation and better understanding of the unique tallgrass prairie ecosystem through communication, education, and interpretation.
 
Our Shared Vision with Midewin for the Future
  • Fully restored as the largest tallgrass prairie east of the Mississippi River.
  • Where bison roam on restored prairie.
  • Where our Illinois "Prairie Heritage" is preserved for the benefit of future generations.

2019 Accomplishments
  • Purchased museum display case that is on loan to the city of Elwood to display Midewin historical items.
  • Purchased second bison viewing scope.
  • Contributed to the purchase and installation of one Heritage Interpretive Educational sign.
  • Provided / funded four issues of the Prairie Telegraph Newsletter.
  • Funded the 2018/2019 Midewin Volunteer Recognition Banquet
  • Participated in the Midewin Stakeholders Group and provided snacks.
  • Provided snacks and materials for Smokey the Bears 75th Birthday Celebration.
  • Received $2,000 grant/donation from Exxon-Mobil.
  • Participated in Red Carpet Days event.
  • Ongoing input into local area Transportation Studies  (Rt 53, I-80- I-55, Houbolt/I-80 exchange)
  • Membership in the Chicago Wilderness Alliance
  • Organized the Annual Winter Hike, Spring Hike, and Day Trip Outings.
  • Organized the Annual Picnic.
  • Ongoing Feasibility Study for Midewin Tram System. 


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