Fullersburg Woods - Butler Woods Restoration
Butler Woods is a 62-acre Class IV mesic woodland with portions of diverse marsh, vernal ponds and bluff communities. It has 336 native plant species including eight of special concern. The three- to five-year project will remove invasive woody plants, thin abundant woody native plants, herbicide invasive woody and herbaceous plants, augment native species, stabilize the bluff area, and provide follow-up management.
The highly visible site surrounds the Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center and is used for educational programming year-round. There has been some work at the site, but it needs additional management. This project will greatly benefit this Class IV ecosystem, which offers native plants and animals critical habitat in a heavily urbanized county.
The project is in progress.