MacArthur Woods

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Location and Access: 
Lyons Prairie and Woods is located in extreme northeast Lake County in the city of Waukegan. It is bounded by Blanchard Road on the south, North Avenue on the east, a wide Commonwealth Edison utility easement on the north, and an unpaved trail on the west. Access is gained from a parking lot at the corner of Blanchard Road and Sheridan Road.

MacArthur Woods is a large undeveloped tract of forest that represents the forest that once covered the eastern edge of the DesPlaines River Valley in the Northeastern Morainal Natural Division. Dry-mesic upland forest, mesic floodplain forest and northern flatwoods are the common communities. The upland forest is dominated by white oak, while the floodplain supports silver maple and bur oak and the flatwoods contain swamp white oak. They also provide critical breeding habitat for forest interior birds, including brown creeper, red-shouldered hawk, broad-winged hawk, veery, pileated woodpecker and several rare and uncommon warblers, all of which are very sensitive to disturbance.  this nature preserve is represented on two topos, Libertyville and Wheeling 7.5.

Lake County Forest Preserve District and Leo and Janice Halkovich
July 1981
449.5 acres with buffer
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For further information: 
Contact: Lake County Forest Preserve District, 2000 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville, IL 60048 (708/367-6640)

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