Local Forest Preserve projects include the removal of invasive shrubs and trees to create healthier preserves at two Northbrook sites:
- Chipilly Woods Forest Preserve (south of Dundee Road, and west of Sunset Ridge, by Voltz Road, the North Branch of the Chicago River, and the Union Pacific railway)
- Somme Prairie Nature Preserve (north of Dundee Road, and east of Bach Street, by Underwriter’s Lab, the Post Office, and the Canadian Pacific railway)
Work at both of these locations is scheduled to begin in December. The work at Somme Prairie Nature Preserve “will be very noticeable” according to John McCabe, Director of Resource Management, Forest Preserves of Cook County. He noted that projects such as these tend to look drastic at first (especially in the winter), but over time the cleared areas will re-populate with native wildflowers and grasses.
More information about the Somme Prairie Nature Preserve and other Forest Preserve projects may be found here.
More information on the Chipilly Woods project can be found at here.