St. James Farm McCormick Woods Trail

Project History
St James Farm Preserve, located south of Mack Road and east of Winfield Road in unincorporated DuPage County directly adjacent to Warrenville, has historically been a working private farm with extensive equestrian facilities.   

Today, the 612-acre St. James Farm Forest Preserve features more than 100 acres of woodlands, prairies and wetlands that are home to over 300 native plant species and wildlife like great blue herons, red-bellied woodpeckers, white-breasted nuthatches, coyotes, fox squirrels and white-tailed deer. Agricultural fields border these ecosystems on the north and south.

Near the northern border of the preserve flowing east to west is Spring Brook, a tributary of the West Branch DuPage River. In 2015 the District completed an ecological restoration of 2.3 miles of the Spring Brook floodplain that runs in part through St. James Farm connecting the creek to the floodplain, allowing nutrient-rich floodwaters to flow into surrounding forest preserves and newly created wetlands. As part of this project a pedestrian bridge was constructed over the waterway in anticipation of the construction of a multi-use path in the future.

Project overview
During 2017 a multi-use path will be constructed through McCormick Woods at St. James Farm. It will connect the existing trail system around the equestrian facilities to the bridge over Spring Brook and then onto the existing service drive. This project will consist of constructing 2,350 lineal feet of multi-use path through the McCormick Woods portion of the property and 1,300 lineal feet of path through a former agricultural field that is being restored to prairie.

The project has been split into two separate phases with the first beginning in March 2017 and consisting of tree removal along the route of the proposed path. The path construction is scheduled to begin in the summer. 

Project Funding
The project is funded through a combination of non-referendum bond funds and yearly appropriated construction and development funds.

Current Status
Tree removal scheduled for spring 2017. Path construction scheduled for summer 2017.

Map of project

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