Churchill Woods: Babcock Grove & Churchill Prairie Restoration
Less than one-hundredth of one percent of primarily undisturbed prairie patches remain in Illinois. Churchill Woods in Glen Ellyn contains one such prairie called Churchill Prairie Nature Preserve. The site contains rare and unique plants that were once common when prairies dominated the landscape. These prairies have irreplaceable qualities and are gems that must be protected and restored to maintain their quality. Recent restoration work has included invasive species control, native seed planting and prescribed fires.
Restoring the degraded Babcock Grove woodland will help reconnect it with the adjacent Churchill Prairie. Removing invasive brush will help support a more functional ecosystem, not only supporting a diverse array of wildlife but also providing visitors with springtime wildflowers and impressive views of prairies, wetlands and woodlands.
Beginning in December 2015, contracted crews will remove invasive and exotic brush and trees from the 26-acre Babcock Grove woodland. Desirable native trees and shrubs, including oaks, hickory, hazelnuts and ironwoods will remain. Work will be completed by April 2016. Contractors may use large machinery to remove the invasive brush and burn brush piles to dispose of it. Temporary trail closures may be necessary during the project.