Deer Grove West Restoration Open House

January 9, 2016 | 10am - 2pm

Camp Reinberg Dining Hall

Habitat Improvements Continuing at Deer Grove West

What’s happening?

In the coming weeks, Openlands and the Forest Preserves of Cook County will be working to improve Deer Grove Forest Preserve, west of Quentin Road.

The most visible enhancement will be the removal of invasive trees that have choked oak, hickory, and other woodland species for decades and prevented sunlight from reaching ground-level grasses and wildflowers.

Controlled burns of brush piles will also occur. Our highly trained contractors conduct burns according to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s strict safety guidelines.

There may be some temporary closures this winter, but the majority of the main multi-use trail will remain open for outdoor enthusiasts, including birders, cross country skiers, cyclists, hikers, and runners, during the restoration.

Why Restoration?

Openlands' restoration work at Deer Grove will afford many public benefits, including improved water quality, more outdoor education and recreation opportunities for people of all ages, and increased biodiversity and habitat for wildlife.

Openlands, a proven leader in ecosystem restoration, has worked for years with the Forest Preserves to improve preserves throughout the county. In the last twenty years, we have acquired or restored tens of thousands of acres of wetlands, woodlands, and prairie in Northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region, resulting in more and better quality parks, preserves, and other green open spaces and natural areas for public enjoyment.

For more information about the improvements at Deer Grove Forest Preserve, please contact Linda Masters at 312-863-6278.


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