|| The tree removal is being performed at several forest preserves throughout Will County in 2016.
Intermittent disruptions to preserve use can be expected, and trail users should exercise caution around work sites. Weather and other variables may impact the work schedule, and updates will be posted here as necessary.
The trees affected are ash trees that are diseased, dying, or dead as a result of an emerald ash borer infestation. If not removed, these trees may pose a hazard to preserve users.
Work has either been completed or is planned in 2016 at the Centennial Trail in Romeoville, Forked Creek Preserve - Ballou Road Access in Wilmington, Hammel Woods in Shorewood, Joliet Junction Trail, McKinley Woods - Frederick's Grove and McKinley Woods - Kerry Sheridan Grove in Channahon, Messenger Woods Nature Preserve in Homer Glen, Old Plank Road Trail in New Lenox, Frankfort, Matteson, and Park Forest, Riverview Farmstead Preserve in Naperville, Rock Run Greenway Trail in Crest Hill and Joliet, Teale Woods Preserve in Joliet, and Wauponsee Glacial Trail in Manhattan, Symerton, Wilmington, and Custer Park.
Ash tree removal work may be planned in the future at additional preserves as infested ash trees are identified throughout the year. Some trails will need to be closed to public access during the removal process and possibly some preserve access areas as well. Updates on the progress of the work and any impacts to preserve users will be posted on this website as they become available.
In 2015, tree removal work was performed at Centennial Trail in Romeoville, Hammel Woods in Shorewood, the Hickory Creek Bikeway in New Lenox/Mokena, Lake Renwick Preserve - Turtle Lake Access in Plainfield, Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve, Runyon Preserve in Lockport, and I&M Canal Trail in Lockport, Laughton Preserve and Wauponsee Glacial Trail in Manhattan, Joliet Junction Trail, Lower Rock Run Preserve - I&M Canal Access in Joliet, and Teale Woods Preserve in Joliet, Old Plank Road Trail and Sauk Trail Reservoir in Frankfort, and Whalon Lake in Naperville.
For more information about the emerald ash borer and the impact it is having on our local ecosystem, visit the emerald ash borer website.