Hometown Habitat Documentary Released by The Meadow Project

on May 31, 2016

AES featured in 90-minute documentary on native plants and sustainable land use


Prairie Crossing, Grayslake, IL

The Meadow Project’s mission is to education and raise awareness about sustainable, native, healthy, easy, and affordable land care practices that support wildlife and human life.

With that mission, The Meadow Project has just completed production on Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home, a 90-minute environmental, educational documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems.

Hometown Habitat features renowned entomologist Dr. Douglas Tallamy whose research on the use of non-native plants in landscaping sounds the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy provides the narrative that challenges the notion that humans are here and nature is somewhere else – “It doesn’t have to be that way”.

The documentary, produced by award-winning director Catherine Zimmerman, features several inspiring stories from across the country of community commitment to conservation landscaping that illustrate how humans and nature can co-exist with mutual benefits.

One 10-minute segment tells the story of Prairie Crossing and the important ecological impacts made by AES and Steve Apfelbaum, AES Chairman/Founder and Senior Ecologist, on this nationally modeled conservation development.

Tallamy wrote: “Once we recognize the important ecological roles that plants play, we can incorporate those roles into existing developments or new developments. We can design them so they are functional ecosystems. And we are beginning to do this.”

The Meadow Project wrote: “Since the 70s, Steve Apfelbaum has been doing just that. We visit Prairie Crossing, a collaboration between developers George and Vicky Ranney and Steve Apfelbaum, which turns the development paradigm upside down.  Instead of ‘planting’ 600 acres of houses, half of the acreage is devoted to native, prairie habitat, which manages storm water and provides people with daily access to nature.”

In the segment, The Meadow Project also visits Stone Prairie Farm where Apfelbaum and ecologist/partner Susan Lehnhardt have transformed a degraded Wisconsin farm into an ecological oasis.  The documentary also visits AES and the native plant nursery Apfelbaum started in the 70s – Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries, which produced the plant and seed materials for Prairie Crossing.

The stories told in Hometown Habitat touch on all aspects of the benefits of native plants and bring to light a sense of community that makes conservation landscaping possible.

Visit www.themeadowproject.com for information about the documentary and how to view – or sponsor – a showing in your region.

About AES
Applied Ecological Services (www.appliedeco.com) is a leading ecological consulting, design, and restoration contracting firm dedicated to bringing the science of ecology to land-use decisions. Founded in 1978, the company has grown to a staff of 120 with offices in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. AES consulting and construction professionals offer comprehensive, coordinated expertise in ecological science, natural area restoration, geospatial services, sustainable ecological engineering, and landscape architecture.

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