In the 1960s, the creation of the Illinois Nature Preserves made the state a pioneer in conservation. There was a sense of urgency after the state had plowed or developed … Continue reading Illinois’ 596 Nature Preserves Need More Than Protection From Development To Thrive
Starting last August, the Friends have helped sponsor brush cutting and seed gathering "workdays" every week. Yesterday, we and staff gave a controlled burn to this once-neglected island, an especially important Illinois Nature Preserve.
Seventeen miles long – once a plank road across the prairie, then a railroad, now a bike and hiking trail. Over all that time, a few patches of original black-soil prairie survived – within the fenced right-of-way – nowhere else over hundreds of square miles.