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Al & Barb Wilson
Naturalists
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Al
Volunteers at:
Dixie, Briggs Fromm,
Gateway Park,
Salamander Springs

Activities:
Removal of non-native
trees and brush
Herbiciding non-native plants
Building bridges and benches
Leading nature walks
Prescribed burns
Facilitating Court ordered
Community Service
Barb
Volunteers at:
Lake in the Hills Fen,
Algonquin Parks & Recs,
MCCD sites


Activities:
Rare plant monitoring
Seed collection and sowing
Leading nature walks
Children’s nature programs
Al & Barb work in cooperation with
the following agencies:

IDNR, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
INPC, Illinois Nature Preserves Commission
TNC, The Nature Conservancy
TLC, The Land Conservancy of McHenry County
MCCD, McHenry County conservation District
INPS, Illinois Native Plant Society
Dundee Township Open Space
Kane County Court Services
McHenry County Court Services
Over 12,600 years ago, this area was covered by a Glacier with ice almost a mile
thick.  It had traveled down from the Canadian Shield bringing with it huge amounts
of soil, gravel, rocks and boulders.  The boulders, known as Glacial Erratic's differ
widely because the came from different locations.

The preserve was part of the "Barlina Moraine", an area where the retreating glacier
deposited a very dense quantity of boulders preventing plowing.  There is also a
gravel hill that managed to escape the mining companies.  Grazing did not destroy
some of the now very rare Prairie Plant species which has resulted in dedication as a
State Nature Preserve.

One recent discovery, Rough Geradia, is listed in the Botanical Bible,
Plants of the
Chicago Region
.  It states that the last contemporary record of this species was
collected by Robert Horlock back in 1976 on a site near St. Charles now called
Horlock Hill Prairie.  In 2012 we counted 15 plants.  Staff from the Chicago Botanical
Gardens,
Plants of Concern department help us monitor and count them annually.
Rough Gerardia (Agalinis aspera)
               Extremely Rare
Contact:
email
LITHFen@aol.com
Bittersweet jungle    BEFORE
Bittersweet jungle    AFTER
Dixie Bridge & Walk