Nature Preserve Area:
Location and Access:
From Jonesboro take Highway 127/146 west 0.5 mile to a county road (Berryville Road). Turn south on the road and go 0.75 mile. The preserve is on the east side of the road.
Barrens are plant communities that contain widely scattered and stunted trees. The trees develop their stunted growth forms because of the thin poor soil which contains little moisture and few nutrients. The trees present in this barren are blackjack oak, post oak, black oak, hickory and winged elm.
The herbaceous flora of the site is naturally depauperate due to the moisture and mineral deficiencies of the shale. The plants that are present here are little bluestem, butterfly weed, prairie spurge and false boneset.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
For further information:
Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Biologist, Ferne Clyffe State Park, P.O. Box 67, Goreville, IL 62939 (618/995-2568)