November 08, 2007

Volunteers sought for native prairie plant effort

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Where native prairie plants once thrived, they will again at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and organizers are seeking volunteers to make that happen.

Volunteers will plant native prairie plants and seeds on Saturday, Nov. 10, beginning at 9 a.m. in front of the Center for Environmental Health and Safety. It's located at 1325 Radio Drive, off Poultry Center Road near the McLafferty Annex on McLafferty Road.

The goal is restoring the natural habitat that once dominated Illinois. The experience will be informative and for a good cause, according to Joseph Batir, president of Beautify Southern Illinois Student Alliance. The SIUC Registered Student Organization, along with Undergraduate Student Government and the Graduate and Professional Student Council, are sponsoring the planting.

All volunteer helpers are welcome. They'll enjoy free doughnuts, soda and water as they enhance the environment. The work will continue until it's completed but organizers anticipate it will wrap up about noon.

For more information, contact Batir at