Almond Marsh Nature Preserve
Location and Access:
From Libertyville, at the junction of Rts. 21 (Milwaukee Ave.) And 137 (Buckley Rd.), go west on Rte. 137 to Rt. 45, north on Rt. 45 for .5 mi. to Casey Road; east on Casey 1.5 mi. to Almond Rd.; north on Almond 1 mile; west into the Lake County Forest Preserve Planning and Conservation office. The nature preserve extends from the north side of the parking lot.
Special Note: No trail system is in place for viewing this preserve.
Almond Marsh is approximately 110 acres of wetlands, oak woodlawns, savanna and old fields. The latest advance of the Pleistocene continental glaciation in this area resulted in a landform of morainal ridges separated by depressions and small drainageways. The highlight of the preserve is an approximately 80-acre marsh and sedge meadow complex, over half of which is high quality. Wooded slopes border the wetlands providing important continuity to the diverse natural communities located at Almond Marsh. Predominant tress of the woodlands are bur, white and red oaks. The sedge meadow is dominated by tussock sedge with at least nine other sedge species also occurring including beaked sedge and the rare wheat sedge. Forbs in the wetland communities include blue flag, marsh skullcap, burreed, common arrowhead and several asters. The Almond Marsh Nature Preserve is part of an interagency cooperative project to establish the Liberty Prairie Open-Space Reserve. The project brings together public agencies and private landowners to form a macro-site preserve of approximately 2,500 acres in Libertyville Township.
Ownership: Lake County Forest Preserve District, Libertyville Township, Babson Farms, Inc., Henry B. Babson Trust, and Elizabeth B. Tieken
Dedicated: December 1990
Size: 157.568 acres with buffer
Topo Map: Libertyville and Grayslake 7.5
For Further Information Contact: Lake County Forest Preserve District, Natural Resource Mananger, 2000 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048 (708/680-6301)
03/10 R. Heidorn