Work Begins on Churchill Woods Habitat Restoration

From The Conservationist

In December 2015 the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County began habitat restoration work at Churchill Woods Forest Preserve in Glen Ellyn to improve the degraded Babcock Grove woodland and reconnect it with the adjacent Churchill Prairie Nature Preserve.

Crews will first remove invasive, nonnative brush, such as honeysuckle and buckthorn, as well as select, overcrowding, weedy native trees, such as box elder and cherry. This will allow more sunlight to reach the soil, which will help oaks, hickories, hazelnuts, ironwoods and a variety of wildflowers to thrive. When completed, the project will give visitors impressive shows of springtime wildflowers and views of surrounding prairies, wetlands and woodlands.

To make the most of frozen ground, which allows crews to use heavy equipment without disturbing the soil, the District plans to complete this part of the project by April. During this time, visitors may see workers burning brush piles and operating chainsaws, skid-steer loaders and chipper trucks and may encounter temporary trail closings.

This story appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of The Conservationist
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