WBEZ | native species http://www.wbez.org/tags/native-species Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Native prairie plants come back to Illinois http://www.wbez.org/news/native-prairie-plants-come-back-illinois-104361 <p><p>Native plants including rare species are coming back under power lines in a research project in northern Illinois.</p><p>The Chicago Botanic Garden, ComEd and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are working together to convert overgrown utility corridors into native landscapes.</p><p>On research plots at Illinois Beach State Park, nearly 300 different plant species were recorded, including 40 newly identified species.</p><p>Plants have reappeared that once were common staples for early Midwestern settlers such as the ground nut and the scouring rush. Ground nut&#39;s meaty roots were boiled and eaten during winter. Stalks of the scouring rush were used to scrub pots and pans.</p><p>By 2016, project organizers hope to use what they&#39;re learning to restore native vegetation under thousands of miles of power lines throughout northern Illinois.</p></p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 08:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/native-prairie-plants-come-back-illinois-104361