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.
To see more photos and modestly more description of the project go to: https://www.middlerockconservationpartners.org/uploads/5/8/4/7/58476113/fcna_brush_work_spring_apr2023_.pdf