Fairchild Cemetery Prairie/Savanna
Nature Preserve Area:
Location and Access:
From Danville at jct. Hwy. 1 (Hwy. 136, Vermilion Street) and Winter Avenue, take Winter Avenue west and northwest across Lake Vermilion 4.2 miles to blacktop road, then turn and go west 1.8 miles to gravel road, then turn and go north and northwest 1 mile. The nature preserve is on the northeast side of the road.
This small cemetery is one of the few remaining savanna remnants left in Illinois. For many years, this site was protected and managed by the Vermilion County Audubon Society and the Vermilion County Conservation District, but it is now under the stewardship of Grand Prairie Friends.
Some of the predominant plants of this savanna are big bluestem, Indian grass, New Jersey tea, showy goldenrod, drooping yellow coneflower and prairie rose. Over 35 other herbaceous species of prairie plants are known to occur at this site.
The management program for this preserve includes prescribed burning and brush control. For the last several years prescribed burns have been conducted here with encouraging results.
Grand Paririe Friends and Vermilion County Conservation District
For further information:
Grand Prairie Friends, P.O. Box 36, Urbana, Il 61803-0036.