Nature Preserve Area:
Location and Access:
From Vienna take IL Route 146 to IL Route 37. Turn south on route 37 and continue south approximately 9 miles to the Cache River State Natural Area. Section 8 Woods lies east of Route 37 along the Cache River.
This forest is an important component of the Cache River lands in Pulaski County. The plant communities present here include cypress\tupelo swamp and pond communities representative of the Coastal Plain Division. Some of the best examples of these communities in Illinois are present here. The swamp community consists of bald cypress and tupelo with scattered red maples, buttonbush and Virginia willow which often grows on logs or in areas of shallow water. Some exceptionally large cypress trees are present throughout the area. The site is also a haven for birds, including Acadian flycathers, pileated woodpeckers, prothonatary warblers, Cerulean warblers, tree swallows, herons and black vultures.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
For further information:
Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Biologist, 0139 Rustic Campus Drive, Ullin, Il 62992 (618/634-2545)