Swift Prairie Nature Preserve
Image © Illinois Nature Preserves Commission
The 111-acre Swift Prairie Nature Preserve was dedicated in 2012. The site is a mosaic of natural communities comprised of marshes, prairie, meadow, ponds, and a creek and supports populations of rare birds and native plants.
District ordinances already dictate the preservation of rich, natural habitats, but land and water reserve status provides an extra layer of protection for future generations. The District continues to own, manage and maintain these areas, but individuals who destroy natural resources or violate other regulations are subject to state penalties. For more on the nature preserves system, visit the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission's web page at http://dnr.state.il.us/inpc.
There are no designated District trails within Swift Prairie Forest Preserve.
In accordance with the Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act, no pets, bicycles or horses are allowed in the nature preserve. Bicycles are not allowed, and pets and horses must remain on the unmaintained foopath in the nature preserve buffer.