Nature Preserve Area:
Location and Access:
From the Weston intersection of Hwy. 24, take Hwy. 24 east 0.5 mile to an entrance road, then turn and go north 0.3 mile.
Special Note: A small parking lot is located in the southeast corner of the tract.
Weston Cemetery Prairie is a remnant of the vast tallgrass, black soil prairies that once covered more than 13 million acres of Illinois, the Grand Prairie Section of the Grand Prairie Natural Division. The mesic prairie at Weston Cemetery is in good to excellent condition. Nearly one hundred native plant species have been on the site. Common grasses include big bluestem, little bluestem, prairie dropseed and Indian grass. Typical prairie forbs include shooting star, prairie gentian, compass plant and woody betony. Current management practices being implemented to protect the prairie habitat are prescribed burning and exotic species control.
Yates Township and ParkLands Foundation
For further information:
Department of Biological Sciences, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61761 (309/438-5567) or Yates Township, Chenoa, IL 61726