Brush and tree thinning and seeding

By Bill Kleiman

The site is IL DNR’s Franklin Creek State Natural Area.


The floodplain north of the creek, next to the oak woods was cleared of common “weedy” trees (mostly box elder, and some cherry, elm and honey locust). The area was then planted with a mix of over 100 different wildflowers and grasses. Oaks will establish in this open area.  This will create a diverse habitat for all kinds of wildlife and support the rare oak woodland next to it.  The oak woodland needs more sunlight, increased air movement, and occasional prescribed fire.

A 200 horsepower tracked brush mower worked over several weeks
The wide steel tracks often leave little disturbance if turning is done gently. Here several weeks after mowing perennial plants emerge through the slash.
The area was seeded with a diverse mix of seeds.

To see more photos and modestly more description of the project go to:

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Bill Kleiman publishes this blog. Bill's daytime job is manager of Nachusa Grasslands. We are looking for guest authors on various topics of grassland habitat restoration. Contact me with your ideas or drafts.
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