Following an application and a visit to Fermilab, the commission scored Fermilab on a number of areas: its commitment to restoring the high-quality natural areas to their fullest potential, volunteer efforts by the nonprofit organization Fermilab Natural Areas, and education and outreach, according to a news release from Fermilab.
Fermilab’s score places the preserve in the platinum tier of the program, the release stated.
The commission was impressed with the lab’s knowledgeable staff, their work and its dedication to helping protect, restore and maintain one of Chicago Wilderness’s significant natural areas. Fermilab Natural Areas has been a critical component of the ecological work on the Fermilab site, according to the release.
The organization provides interns during the summer and fall, conducts community outreach, recruits volunteers and obtain grants to conduct additional restoration activities. FNA volunteers collect native seed, manage invasive species, and monitor plant and animal populations.
Chicago Wilderness is a regional alliance leading strategy to preserve, improve, and expand nature and quality of life. Fermilab is funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science.