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Major Habitat Resoration to Begin at Dam #1 Near Wheeling
Starting in December 2014, project will restore habitat for wildlife

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Special to suffredin.org
by Cook County Forest Preserves

Forest Preserves of Cook County

For Immediate Release: December 23, 2014

Don Parker, Forest Preserves of Cook County

don.parker@cookcountyil.gov, C: 312-919-0949

MAJOR HABITAT RESTORATION TO BEGIN
AT DAM #1 WOODS NEAR WHEELING

Starting in December 2014, project will restore habitat for wildlife
and increase native grasses and wildflowers

The Forest Preserves of Cook County will begin a new phase of work this month to restore 259 acres of forest preserve land near northwest suburban Wheeling.

Contractors will remove a large number of trees from the Portwine, Dam #1 Woods and Willow-Sanders properties, which stretch from Willow Road in the south to Lake-Cook Road in the north.

The major restoration push will continue through the winter, and aims to restore habitat for plants and animals native to our prairies and woodlands. Removing trees will increase the amount of sunlight that reaches the ground, encouraging the growth of grasses, sedges and wildflowers. These will provide food and shelter to a greater diversity of wildlife, as well as reducing soil erosion.

The project began last winter with smaller-scale, targeted brush clearing in more sensitive areas. This next phase will be more dramatic.

“You may be using the Des Plaines Trail or driving down Dundee Road and see heavy equipment at work,” said Forest Preserves chief ecologist Chip O’Leary. “Some parts of the landscape may look fairly bare for a while. But give them a season or two, and they will rebound very well with grasses and wildflowers. By enlarging existing meadow clearings, this landscape will function much better as habitat for lots of creatures. It’ll also improve as a place to hike and explore.”

In some areas, the work will leave selected trees in place, creating savanna and providing a buffer from street traffic.

Many of the trees being removed are invasive species that encroached on previously open land in the absence of fire. Others were planted in the middle of the last century, when conservation efforts were biased toward preserving forested landscapes. As the field of conservation has evolved, however, scientists have come to understand the critical role of grasslands and other open environments in preserving our region’s complete biodiversity.

“The Forest Preserves has continued to increase our habitat restoration work as part of our Next Century Conservation Plan,” said Forest Preserves General Superintendent Arnold Randall. “This work is critical to ensure that our native plants and animals continue to thrive for the next 100 years and beyond.”

The work is being done during the winter, when plants are dormant and the ground is frozen and less subject to compaction. The Des Plaines River Trail will remain open during the project.

For the first time, the Forest Preserves will be using most of the wood removed for restoration to produce lumber and firewood. (It is typically either burned or chipped onsite.) This will save approximately $235,000 over the course of the project.

The design for the project began more than seven years ago, in consultation with the US Fish & Wildlife Service and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The restoration work this winter will cost $500,000, and is being paid for with wetland mitigation funds from the Illinois Tollway Authority.

“This project reflects our commitment to restoring natural landscapes through collaboration and leveraging of public dollars,” said Randall.

To learn more about the Forest Preserves, visit fpdcc.com



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