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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. Click on a map below to view the specific location of a clearing site.


Captain Daniel Wright Woods | Mettawa

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Captain Daniel Wright Woods | Mettawa

Habitat goal: northern flatwoods and oak woodland

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle, maple, boxelder, cottonwood, ash, elm, locust, cherry, basswood, and other invasive species.

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

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Cuba Marsh | Deer Park

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Cuba Marsh | Deer Park

Habitat goal: prairie

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

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

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Grainger Woods | Mettawa

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Grainger Woods | Mettawa

Habitat goal: northern flatwoods and oak woodland.

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle, and other invasive species. Dead and dying ash and elm adjacent to roadway.

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

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Greenbelt | North Chicago

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Greenbelt | North Chicago

Habitat goal: prairie and shrubland.

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

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

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Illinois Beach State Park | Zion

Habitat goal: prairie and savanna.

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle, cherry, boxelder, cottonwood, walnut, willow, and other invasive species.

Questions? Comments? Contact Gary Glowacki, Wildlife Ecologist II. Email. 847-968-3264.


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Lakewood | Wauconda

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Lakewood | Wauconda

Habitat goal: savanna and woodland

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

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

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Middlefork Savanna | Lake Forest

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Middlefork Savanna | Lake Forest

Habitat goal: prairie, savanna, and buckthorn-free landscapes.

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

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

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Old School | Mettawa

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Old School | Mettawa

Habitat goal: northern flatwoods and oak woodland.

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

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

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Van Patten Woods | Wadsworth

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Van Patten Woods | Wadsworth

Habitat goal: prairie, savanna, and wetland edge.

Target species for removal: buckthorn, honeysuckle, maple, boxelder, cottonwood, willow, walnut, cherry, hickory, and other invasive species.

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

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