Cherry Valley ROW Prairie
Cherry Valley, Illinois, United States
Certified through 2023
Cherry Valley ROW
About the Program
Exelon’s ComEd Cherry Valley Right-of-Way (ROW) Prairie is located in Rockford Illinois, approximately 80 miles northwest of Chicago. The Kishwaukee River riparian corridor is located just south of the site. This 18-acre site is situated on a transmission ROW in a mixed-use landscape with residential, agriculture, natural area, and a golf course bordering the site.
ComEd's prairie initiatives are part of the company's biodiversity management plan committed to conserve the environment through ecosystem management. The goals of this project aim to increase the quality of the prairie habitat through invasive species management, seeding with natives, monitoring, and meeting the UIC ROW HWG's standards for pollinator habitat.
Practices and Impacts
- The team uses a meander survey to collect data to determine the quality of the grassland. In addition, a Floristic Quality Assessment is run on the data to determine native species richness and the Floristic Quality Index.
- Management activities consist of mowing and selective herbicide treatments targeting invasive species and woody growth. The team uses adaptive management to assess and address items of greatest threat to the habitat.
- ComEd partners with contractors that provide expertise in vegetation management.
- 70 different plant species were identified during monitoring. Tall native warm season grasses are the dominant species in grassland.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE WHC INDEX IS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY