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Skokie River Nature Preserve
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Location Lake Forest, IL
Address W Laurel Ave Lake Forest, IL 60045
Lat, Long 42.259239, -87.853686
Description The Skokie River Nature Preserve is Lake Forest Open Lands’ oldest and largest nature preserve, was essentially completed by the mid-1980s although subsequent parcels have been added to the preserve. It consists of a mix of woodlands, savanna, prairie, and sedge meadows typical of the bottomland areas of the Skokie River valley. Several acres have been restored, but large areas consist of virgin prairie of such rarity that the entire holding is now part of the Illinois Nature Preserve system. The preserve was assembled largely through early land donations. Open Lands has also purchased several key parcels threatened by development, the latest being a 4.5-acre addition to the Shaw Prairie in 1999. Due to the original condition of this preserve, a number of rare birds and plants make it their permanent and part-time home. You can see many of these on the 4.2 miles of public trails available for walking and skiing.
Keywords Illinois, Park, Trails
Updated on 2019-05-23
Created on 2019-05-23
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