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Kishwaukee Fen

Nature Preserve Area: 
2
County: 
McHenry
Location and Access: 
From the jct of Rts. 176 and 14, head west on Rt. 176 to Haligus Rd. Turn south (left) onto Haligus. At the intersection of Haligus and Bard, continue on Haligus for 0.5 mi. where the preserve is located on the east side of the road.

Special Note: There is no public access at this time. Public access is planned for the future. Contact the Village of Lake Wood for access information.

Description: 
Kishwaukee Fen is locally known as the Turnberry Wetlands. The ecological integrity of the fen is dependent upon the ground water supply from the surrounding uplands. The area surrounding the preserve is buffer, part of which is being restored to native vegetation. Golf course fairways also provide portions of the buffer. The fen features a high quality plant community including many plants favoring calcium rich environments such as twig rush, sweet Indian plantain, turtlehead, swamp betony, grass of Parnassus and Kalm's lobelia. Other forbs abound here with many wetland sedges and grasses. The Baltimore checkerspot, dependent on turtlehead for its larval food supply, resides here with other wetland restricted butterflies. The area is being managed to eradicate invasive, exotic purple loosestrife and reed canary grass.

Ownership: 
Village of Lake Wood
Dedicated: 
March 1993
Size: 
36.578 acres
Topographic Quad: 
Huntley
Topo Map: 
Directions: 
For further information: 
Contact: Village of Lake Wood, 2500 Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 (815/459-3025)

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