The current Rockford Airport expansion plans call for the demolition of the Bell Bowl Prairie, an 8,000-year-old natural prairie that supports rare and endangered species. Just this year the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, a federally endangered species, was observed on the prairie.
Only 1/100th of 1% of our native prairie landscape remains in Illinois. We must do better if we intend to continue calling ourselves the Prairie State. Further, this is an opportunity to confront the climate crisis through preserving a treasured natural area. Luckily, we don’t have to choose between the expansion project and our historic prairie! There are many sustainable design strategies for a win-win project.
Fortunately, because of grassroots advocates like you, an agreement has been reached to temporarily halt construction until Spring, giving us time to find a sustainable design. This is a huge success, but the fight continues.
Contact key decision makers to tell them it’s time for the airport to collaborate with local experts and sustainable designers to identify a win-win project design now that they’ve paused construction.
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