Messenger Woods Nature Preserve Selective Tree and Brush Control (Completed November 2013)
The project was located at Messenger Woods Nature Preserve on Bruce Road, north of Route 6 (Southwest Highway) and east of Cedar Road, in Homer Glen.
The Messenger Woods Nature Preserve Selective Tree and Brush Control project consisted of the selective thinning of understory trees and invasive brush at Messenger Woods Nature Preserve in order to restore light levels at the forest floor that are conducive to regenerating canopy tree species, sustaining native shrub populations, and maintaining a diverse herbaceous community.
In December 2012, this work was completed on a 128-acre portion of the preserve (Project I). In November 2013, this work was completed on an additional 59-acre portion of the preserve (Project II).
These projects were funded by the Forest Preserve District's Capital Improvement Program.
For more information and to view a map of the project areas, download the Project Fact Sheets and Mapping linked below.
Photograph Courtesy of Joe Miraglia