Due to a lapse in federal funding, this USDA website will not be actively updated. Once funding has been reestablished, online operations will continue. On-going operational updates will be posted here (https://www.fs.fed.us/shutdown) as we are able to provide them.


Working Together

Volunteers and partners are fundamental participants in planning for and managing Midewin. The very idea of Midewin was a grass roots concept that grew to include the Forest Service. Today, hundreds of volunteers and organizations, clubs, companies, and groups are helping achieve the vision of Midewin as a restored native landscape where people can enjoy and learn in the outdoors.

Individual volunteers bring a wonderful diversity of skills and knowledge that enhance native seed production, trail construction and maintenance, environmental education, heritage projects, and many other activities.

Key partners are helping fund the restoration of native habitat. Without these generous contributions, the progress we have made in restoration during the last decade would not have been possible. 


The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is headquartered in Wilmington, Ill. All contracting for supplies, services, construction, A&E, and stewardship contracts for Midewin are performed from the supervisor’s office in Wilmington, Ill.


The "Submit Invoice-to" address for USDA orders is the Department of Treasury's Invoice Processing Platform (IPP). All invoices are to be submitted online via the electronic Invoice Processing Platform. This is a mandatory requirement initiated by the U.S. Department of Treasury and you can find more information at this website https://www.ipp.gov/index.htm. Your company must register at https://www.ipp.gov/vendors/enrollment-vendors.htm to establish an account in order to submit an invoice on any awarded contract.

Three sites provide information on contracting with the federal government:



Plants of Concern Partnership

The partnership between the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie engages citizens in monitoring the health of a variety of sensitive plants. This is a high priority program at Midewin, where the success of restoration techniques must be evaluated and methods adapted to achieve our mission. It also connects our citizen volunteers to the ecological health of the larger Chicago region.