Invasive_Woody_Species_Before_and_After

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.


Cuba Marsh | Deer Park

Habitat goal: prairie

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

Questions? Comments? Contact Ken Klick, Restoration Ecologist II, email, 847-968-3248.

 

 


Captain Daniel Wright Woods | Mettawa

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.

North Side of Preserve

Habitat goal: northern flatwoods

Target species for removal: silver maple, sugar maple, basswood, cottonwood, elm.

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


Ethel's Woods | Antioch

Habitat goal: woodland

Target species for removal: white oak, elm, red oak, hickory.

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

 

 


Fort Sheridan | Lake Forest

Habitat goal: prairie 

Target species for removal: buckthorn, grey dogwood, black locust, overstocked maples, and basswoods.

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

 

 


Fourth Lake | Lake Villa

Habitat goal: woodland

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

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



 


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

South Side of Preserve

Habitat goal: prairie and savanna

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

North Side of Preserve

Habitat goal: woodland

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle, cottonwood, red oak, and hickory.

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

 

 


Grassy Lake | Lake Barrington

Habitat goal: prairie 

Target species for removal: Siberian elm, black locust, Asian crabapple, red cedar, overstocked cottonwoods, silver maples, and black walnuts.

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

 

 


Kettle Grove | Grayslake

Habitat goal: woodland

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

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


 


Lakewood | Wauconda

West Side of Preserve

Habitat goal: oak hickory woodland

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

East Side of Preserve

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.

 

 


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: woodland

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

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


 


Ray Lake | Wauconda

Habitat goal: grassland and woodland

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

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

 

 


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.

 

 


Van Patten Woods | Wadsworth

South Side of Preserve

Habitat goal: oak hickory woodland and savanna

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

North Side of Preserve

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: woodland

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

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

 

 


Woodland Habitat Restoration: Phase 3

Captain Daniel Wright Woods

Habitat goal: oak woodland 

Target species for removal: white oak, sugar maple, basswood, red oak, and hickory.

MacArthur Woods

Habitat goal: oak woodland

Target species for removal: white oak, sugar maple, basswood, red oak, and hickory.

Ryerson Woods

Habitat goal: oak woodland

Target species for removal: white oak, sugar maple, basswood, red oak, and hickory.

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


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