Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve
Location and Access:
From jct. Hwy. 53 and Old McHenry Road in Long Grove, take Old McHenry Road northwest 1.6 miles. The nature preserve is on the southwest side of Old McHenry Road.
Reed-Turner Woodland is located along a deeply incised branch of Indian Creek. The preserve is a remnant of a presettlement prairie grove which once occurred along Indian and Killdeer Creeks, from the current village of Long Grove to Deer Grove Forest Preserve in Cook County. All that remains today are small portions of floodplain and upland forest, and sparse remnants of savanna and prairie vegetation. Oaks and hickories dominate the upland areas while the floodplain contains black willow, green ash and black walnut. American elms were common along the stream, but they have been eliminated by Dutch elm disease. The site contains an interesting wet meadow which is dominated by sedges, rushes and a few wetland forbs such as meadow rue, marsh aster, and curly dock. Over 116 species of birds have been observed in the preserve including resident populations of waterfowl and herons. Many common woodland mammals also live in the area.
Ownership: Long Grove Park District, Village of Long Grove and Barbara R. Turner
Dedicated: December 1980
Size: 38.216 acres with buffer
Topo Map: Lake Zurich 7.5
For Further Information Contact: Long Grove Park District, Long Grove, IL 60047; Barbara Turner, Box 3853, RFD, Long Grove, IL 60047 (708/438-7230)
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