Denby Prairie

Nature Preserve Area: 
5
County: 
Macoupin
Location and Access: 
From Carlinville go south on the Shipman Blacktop for approximately 2 miles. The preserve lies adjacent to and west of the blacktop.

Description: 
During presettlement times, this part of Illinois was a mixture of forest and prairie, with forest covering over 80% of the land and prairie occupying the rest. Denby Prairie contains vegetation characteristic of the Carlinville Section of the Western Forest-Prairie Natural Division. Dominant species include big bluestem, Indian grass and flowering spurge with tall gayfeather, shooting star and white false indigo as common associates. The preserve also provides critical habitat for the prairie trout-lily. Common animal residents include prairie king snake, dickcissel and meadow jumping mouse. Current management of the prairie includes prescribed burning, which is critical for controlling the encroachment of woody shrubs.

Ownership: 
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Dedicated: 
May 1987
Size: 
2.5 acres
Topographic Quad: 
Plainview
Topo Map: 
Directions: 
For further information: 
Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Biologist, Sangchris Lake State Park, R.R.#1, Rochester, IL 62563 (217/498-9208)