Friends of the Forest Preserves is working with partners to restore wetland habitat and stabilize stream bank along Plum Creek within the Plum Creek Forest Preserve. Restoration activities include controlling invasive species, using toe wood (sections of trees) to stabilize stream banks, creating bank terraces, and re-seeding native plants. This work is contributing to erosion and sedimentation reduction that is currently damaging habitat for fish, mussels and other aquatic organisms. It is also expanding and improving habitat for many bird species (e.g., eastern meadowlark, bobolink, sora rail, Virginia rail) and other species of conservation concern, including the Illinois state endangered eastern massasauga rattlesnake.
Plum Creek Forest Preserve in Cook County, IL