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Woody Invasive Species Clearing Project

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This winter, our well-trained crews will remove invasive woody species, primarily buckthorn, autumn olive, sandbar willow and honeysuckle, from the preserves listed below.

Removing invasive shrubs and trees in oak communities allows for enough sunlight to reach the ground level to encourage the growth of young native tree seedlings and other native vegetation.

Clearing will be completed through the use of hand tools and mechanical equipment. Brush and small trees will be burned in brush piles under carefully controlled conditions. The majority of the clearing work will occur during the winter months when the frozen ground conditions prevent disturbance to the soil, native plants and wildlife. Hover over or click on a map below to view the specific location of a clearing site.


Bluebird Meadow | Lake Villa

Habitat goal: grassland bird habitat

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle and other invasive species.

Questions? Comments? Contact Matt Ueltzen, Restoration Ecologist II, email, 847-968-3290.

 

 


Captain Daniel Wright Woods | Mettawa

West Side of Preserve

Habitat goal: northern flatwoods and mesic woodland

Target species for removal: buckthorn, sugar maple, elm, basswood and other invasive species.

East Side of Preserve

Habitat goal: northern flatwoods and woodland

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle, sugar maple, elm, basswood, white oak and other invasive species.

Questions? Comments? Contact Debbie Maurer, Manager of Ecological Restoration, email, 847-968-3285.


Grainger Woods | Mettawa

Habitat goal: woodland and northern flatwoods

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle, sugar maple, basswood, elm and other invasive species.

Questions? Comments? Contact Matt Ueltzen, Restoration Ecologist II, email, 847-968-3290.

 

 


Grant Woods | Ingleside

Habitat goal: prairie and savanna

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle and other invasive species.

Questions? Comments? Contact Debbie Maurer, Manager of Ecological Restoration, email, 847-968-3285.

 

 


Greenbelt | North Chicago

East of Green Bay Road

Habitat goal: native shrubland

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle, autumn olive and other invasive species.

West of Green Bay Road

Habitat goal: prairie and savanna

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle, autumn olive and other invasive species.

Questions? Comments? Contact Ken Klick, Restoration Ecologist II, email, 847-968-3284.


Kettle Grove | Grayslake

Habitat goal: savanna

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle and other invasive species.

Questions? Comments? Contact Nick Huber, Restoration Ecologist II, email, 847-968-3286.


 


Lakewood | Wauconda

Broberg Marsh

Habitat goal: savanna and prairie

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle and other invasive species.

Questions? Comments? Contact Matt Ueltzen, Restoration Ecologist II, email, 847-968-3290.

Schreiber Bog

Habitat goal: oak hickory woodland

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle and other invasive species.

Questions? Comments? Contact Nick Huber, Restoration Ecologist II, email, 847-968-3286.


Lyons Woods | Waukegan

Habitat goal: savanna and woodland

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle, box elder, cotton wood and other invasive species.

Questions? Comments? Contact Nick Huber, Restoration Ecologist II, email, 847-968-3286.

 

 


MacArthur Woods | Mettawa

Habitat goal: oak hickory woodland

Target species for removal: white oak.

Questions? Comments? Contact Debbie Maurer, Manager of Ecological Restoration, email, 847-968-3285.

 

 


Middlefork Savanna | Lake Forest

Habitat goal: prairie and savanna

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle and other invasive species.

Questions? Comments? Contact Matt Ueltzen, Restoration Ecologist II, email, 847-968-3290.


 


Prairie Wolf | Highland Park

Habitat goal: northern flatwoods and mesic woodland

Target species for removal: buckthorn, elm and other invasive species.

Questions? Comments? Contact Ken Klick, Restoration Ecologist II, email, 847-968-3284.


 


Ryerson Conservation Area | Riverwoods

Habitat goal: oak hickory woodland and northern flatwoods

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle and other invasive species.

Questions? Comments? Contact Debbie Maurer, Manager of Ecological Restoration, email, 847-968-3285.

 

 


Sedge Meadow | Wadsworth

Habitat goal: prairie and sedge meadow

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle, sandbar willow and other invasive species.

Questions? Comments? Contact Leslie Berns, Manager of Landscape Ecology, email, 847-968-3293.

 

 


Van Patten Woods | Wadsworth

Habitat goal: oak hickory woodland and savanna

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle, sugar maple, basswood, elm and other invasive species.

Questions? Comments? Contact Matt Ueltzen, Restoration Ecologist II, email, 847-968-3290.

 

 


Wadsworth Savanna | Wadsworth

Habitat goal: savanna

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle, white oak, cherry, cottonwood, hickory and other invasive species.

Questions? Comments? Contact Debbie Maurer, Manager of Ecological Restoration, email, 847-968-3285.

 

 


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