Nature Preserve Area:
Location and Access:
From Westville, take blacktop road east and south 5 miles, then turn and go east 1.8 miles to Forest Glen Preserve. Once inside the conservation area take the main park road north and west to the Meadow Lark shelter. Turn north at the shelter on the road to the group camping area. Park at the gate and walk down the road about 1 mile. The preserve is east of the road.
Forest Glen Seep represents 8 acres of floodplain forest, marsh and seep spring communities. Located on a terrace above the Vermilion River, the preserve is typical of the original vegetation of the Vermilion River Section of the Wabash Border Natural Division. The marsh and seep spring communities are of exceptional value. They support rare orchids as well as more common occurring species, including cat-tail and sweetflag in the marsh, and skunk cabbage and marsh marigold in the seep. The floodplain forest community adds to the diversity with stands of silver maple, black walnut, cottonwood and American elm. A large number of animals may be found in the area. Weasels, fox and deer are a few of the mammals present. Many herptiles and resident and migrating birds are also common.
Vermilion County Conservation District
8 acres with an additional 7 acres of buffer
For further information:
Vermilion County Conservation District, R.R.#1, Box 215, Danville, IL 61832 (217/662-2142)