Harper-Rector Woods Nature Preserve
Location and Access:
From Smithfield take Highway 95 west 2.5 miles and stop at the Spoon River. The preserve is on the north. The preserve is reached by walking north along the Spoon River for 0.25 mile to the preserve.
This woods is an old growth forest remnant representative of the Galesburg Section of the Western Forest-Prairie Division. Two types of forest communities are present here: dry mesic and wet-mesic upland forest. This site had been protected by the previous owner for over 50 years.
In the dry-mesic forest, white oak, black oak and red oak are the most common trees. Silver maple, basswood and hackberry are the most common trees in the wet-mesic forest.
Ownership: Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Dedicated: August 1989
Size: 37.2 acres
Topo Map: Smithfield 7.5
For Further Information Contact: Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Biologist, Jubilee College State Park, 13921 West Route 150, Brimfield, IL 61517 (309/446-8181)
1/2009 - R. Heidorn