CRI is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization

Research Projects

Landscape Inventory and Assessment


Scientists on our research staff are devoted to understanding our natural landscapes. They know that the essential attributes of such a landscape are most reliably imparted to science by the inhabitancy and character of its native plants and animals.


Our staff specialize in a deep knowledge of organisms, which knowledge is becoming rarer in America with each passing year.  More and more, colleges and universities are forsaking education in organismal biology.  There is more money, it seems, in the development of arcane ecological doctrines that favor corporate resource extraction interests or analysis of DNA.


Insofar as the health and well-being of our aboriginal landscapes, organisms are the arbiters of controversies that are formed around the various contemporary ecological doctrines.  Our scientists inventory the organisms within such landscapes and, through forensic analysis of the inhabitants understandings can arise with regard to implications for restoration, rehabilitation, and management.


Custodians of remnant lands who share an interest in discovering the organisms of their land and in using them to develop plans to care for their land are entreated to collaborate with our staff in such an effort. If you are interested, you may contact Dr. Gerould Wilhelm, our Director of Research.


We have included these projects for your review:


Timber Hill Savanna, Assessment of Landscape Management by Gerould Wilhelm and Laura Rericha, 2007


Inventory and Assessment, Plan for Stewardship and Management at Hitchcock Nature Center by Gerould Wilhelm and Laura Rericha, 2012


• Pokagon Lands of Rodgers Lake A People and Place Moving Forward Together

Bgojinadzewin by Gerould Wilhelm, Margot Mazur and Laura Rericha, 2011


Restoration Plan for Bryant Children's Retreat and the Five Diamonds Baseball Field by Gerould Wilhelm, 2011



Laura Rericha studying bees

Dr. Wilhelm with the rare fern Woodwardia areolata

Research at Conservation Research Institute is ongoing. Currently, our researchers are in need of support to pursue the completion of floristic and faunistic works on the lichens, bees, ants, and ongoing work with the vascular plants. Donors will be acknowledged in
upcoming publications.