Thank you for your interest in the Village’s Invasive Shrub Removal Cost-Share Program. Invasive shrubs include but are not limited to common & glossy buckthorn (Rhamnus sp.), honeysuckle (Lonicera sp.), burning bush (Euonymus alatus), Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii), sugar maple (Acer saccharum) saplings, and ash (Fraxinus sp.) saplings. Many of these species are on the Illinois Invasive Plant List. Poison ivy (Rhus radicans) removal is not included in the Cost-Share Program because it is native and removing it is not an ecological benefit.
An Ecological Consultation and approval from the Village Ecologist is required prior to applying for the Invasive Shrub Removal Program. Follow up planting (with native seed) may be required by the Village Ecologist after removing heavy infestations of invasive shrubs to help prevent them from returning. In the attachments below you will find the Application and complete program summary. Please read all requirements carefully and complete the checklist before submitting your completed application. The Invasive Shrub Removal Program is a 50/50 cost-share program. The Village’s share limit is $4,000 and there is a $100 non-refundable application fee.
The intent of the Invasive Shrub Removal Program is to encourage applicants to remove invasive shrubs from their property thereby improving the ecological health by removing competition and increasing the opportunity for desirable native plants to grow and thrive. It requires an assessment by the Village Ecologist of the existing conditions and preparation of a plan that includes the general area where proposed work is to be performed. The applicant is required to hire a certified contractor to remove invasive shrubs per the plan created by the Village Ecologist. Note: This program does not apply to removal of dead shrubs.
All invasive shrubs on the subject property must be designated for removal in order to be eligible for the matching funds. For larger lots, the Village Ecologist may approve a phased approach that can be accomplished over more than one year. The work must also include a follow-up herbicide treatment to target resprouts. Resprouts must be treated at least two growing seasons (April 1- November 1) months following initial removal/stump herbiciding. If for example initial removal was conducted from November 1- April 1, the resprout treatment must be completed no sooner than June 1 of the following growing season.
After the application is submitted and approved by the Village, the applicant will receive a permit from the Village to proceed with the work as proposed in the application. After the invasive shrubs are removed/herbicided and second herbicide treatment applied to resprouts, notify and deliver a copy of the paid contractor invoice to the Village and the Village Ecologist will conduct a site visit to verify the work has been completed properly. The reimbursement request is then forwarded to the Village Board for approval and reimbursement can be expected in 1 to 3 months.
Please fill out and print this PDF application and submit to the office of Woodland Ecology.