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Sand Ridge Savanna

Nature Preserve Area: 
3
County: 
Will
Location and Access: 
From Braidwood at jct. Hwys. 53 and 113, take Hwy. 113 east 2.7 miles. The nature preserve is to the south.

Special Note: There is no public access at this time.

Description: 
Sand Ridge Savanna is a diverse, high quality sand prairie, wetland and savanna complex characteristic of the Kankakee Sand Area Section of the Grand Prairie Natural Division. The site features grade B sand prairie with a large population of the tubercled orchid and grade B shrub prairie, a rare coastal plain community, with shore St. John's wort and narrow-leaved sundew. In contrast to the typical and savanna, which is dry and dominated by black oak, Sand Ridge Savanna is primarily mesic and is dominated by white oak. The sand savanna was selectively logged and grazed, but is being restored by the removal of exotic woody species and by prescribed burning. Former wetlands that were farmed are being restored by re-establishing the site's natural hydrology. Sand Ridge Savanna also contains a rich fauna of prairie and savanna butterflies.

Ownership: 
Will County Forest Preserve District
Dedicated: 
September 1993
Size: 
151.5 acres nature preserve and 75.8 acres buffer

Topo Map: Wilmington and Essex 7.5

Topographic Quad: 
Wilmington
Topo Map: 
Directions: 
For further information: 
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 22606 S. Cherry Hill Road, Joliet, IL 60433 (815/727-8700)