Van Horne Ravine Restoration is Underway

March 20, 2014

Springtime visitors to the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve will notice some big changes to Van Horne Ravine, visible from the Van Horne Ravine overlook along the Hamill Family Upland Trail.

Openlands has started a large-scale restoration project in and around the ravine, and our first phase of invasive tree and brush removal is nearing completion. As spring approaches, we will begin replanting native herbaceous plant communities in the newly cleared areas. We will also be doing some repairs to the ravine’s existing stormwater infrastructure and assessing the health of the stream that runs along the bottom of the ravine.

The purposes of these restoration efforts are to reestablish the native natural communities once found in and around Van Horne Ravine, as well as improve water quality, lessen erosion caused by poorly managed storm water, and provide higher quality habitat for birds, amphibians, butterflies, and other residents of the Preserve.

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