[ApaIllinois] Midewin Burnham Legacy Task Force - Oct. 18th Meeting

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Call for Volunteers

The Illinois Chapter  of APA is calling for volunteers to participate in a charrette
in Spring 2009 to help develop specific implementation plans and
strategies for the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie (see sidebar).
2009 will be the centennial year of Daniel Burnham’s Plan of Chicago
and the Illinois Chapter of APA and its allied
professional organizations want to create a plan fulfilling Midewin’s
potential as Chicagoland’s greatest open space and to create a legacy
for future generations. 
The Midewin Burnham Legacy Task Force is a collaborative effort of
the Illinois Chapter of APA, the Illinois Chapter of ASLA, and the
Eastern Illinois Chapter of AIA, along with the Openlands and the US
Forest Service. This partnership is an outgrowth of a larger regional
effort being lead by Chicago Metropolis 2020 to celebrate the  Burnham Plan Centennial.
Our goal is to prepare a plan to help  Midewin
achieve the original vision as an environmental, educational and
economic development resource for the Chicago metropolitan region. Part
of the redevelopment of the former Joliet Arsenal, Midewin offers
opportunities for adaptive re-use, recycling, landscape restoration,
interpretive trails and exhibits, environmental education, eco-tourism
development, sustainable development, and more. One objective of this
project is to identify a project that will be funded and for which
ground breaking will occur in 2009. It is the intention of the allied
professional organizations to obtain regional and national attention
within their respective organizations for this collaborative effort and
the resulting plan and recommendations.

  Save the Date:

An organizational meeting will be held on Saturday October 18, 2008 at
8:00 AM at Midewin to define roles and responsibilities, and to develop
a roster of professionals and skill sets that will participate in the charrette (date to be determined).
those who are interested, the Midewin staff will offer a tour of
Midewin following the program. The tour is highly recommended due to
the vastness of Midewin and to experience the challenges and
opportunities of making this unique resource accessible to all and to
achieve Midewin's goals.
  If you plan to attend, kindly RSVP to Marta Witt, USDA Forest Service, mlwitt at fs.fed.us and use Midewin RSVP in the subject line.
  For more information about the organizational meeting click here. Interested persons should contact  (Illinois Chapter APA) Walter Magdziarz; (Eastern Illinois Chapter AIA) John F. Benware, Jr.; or  (Illinois Chapter ASLA) Beverly Nykiel. Background  information will be e-mailed to interested persons prior to the October  meeting.


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