"be the change you wish to see in the world" - Ghandi
Standing Tall Reserve's Habitat holds three certifications; 1. The National Wildlife Federation's worldwide network of mini-refuges, 2. The Conservation at Home program & 3. Monarch Watch as a registered Monarch Butterfly Waystation. These certifications serve as our guide to the land we maintain and focus on of our conscientious woodland maintenance including removal of invasive species, water conservation methods, nectar plantings, and cultivation of milkweed plants.
Standing Tall's habitat offers wildlife the opportunity to feed on nuts including acorns & hickory nuts, berries such as wild blackberries & mulberries, and lots of seeds from a variety of grasses. Our acreage is located on The Mazon River, providing a year round water source. Areas of cover include woodlands, brush piles, and a variety of nesting boxes including a Bat box, Eastern Bluebird boxes, and an Owl box. We keep some dead trees on the property, also called snags, that provide places for certain wildlife to raise young along with the woodlands and thickets.
We contribute to the overall health of the wildlife habitat's soil, water, and air through sustainable gardening practices including a natural occurring riparian buffer (woodland along the river) and by capturing rainwater from our roof in a water harvesting system under a permeable paver patio and reusing that water for our vegetable and flower gardens. In addition, we work each season to control invasive species such as garlic mustard and honeysuckle bushes while maintaining and adding to our native species collection including purple coneflower, nettles, and evening primrose. And finally, we have eliminated the use of all chemical pesticides and fertilizers while continuing our committment to compost and recycle.
As of March 2011, we were notified that we qualified for a cost-share program to install a raingarden! In cooperation with the Soil & Water Conservation District of Grundy County, Standing Tall Reserve will install two 600 square feet raingardens. The function of these gardens is to, among other things, reduce runoff to & help protect our river, recharge groundwater supplies & manage standing water during heavy rains. In addition, raingardens are a wonderful addition to our plan as a Conservation @ Home property. We are so excited for the next conservation minded addition to our landscape! We are also working toward a streambank stabilization program. Focus Tammi...one thing at a time:)