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Beginning with the purchase of Trelease Woods in 1917, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has slowly acquired permanent research sites for environmental, ecological and biological research and teaching purposes. The restricted access sites represent a cross-section of biotic communities native to east-central Illinois and are managed with minimal human impact guidelines. The presentation will be a visual and descriptive tour of the eleven Natural Areas sites.
Trelease Woods 60 acres “virgin” prairie grove forest remnant – 2 small ponds
Trelease Prairie 20 acres reconstructed tallgrass prairie and 10 acre reconstructed buffer
Brownfield Woods 60 acres “virgin” prairie grove forest remnant – ephemeral creek
Phillips Tract 130 acres former farm – allows manipulative studies – oldfield, 40+ year successional trees, reconstructed prairie, 970 m of Saline Ditch access
Nettie Hart Research Area 40 acres second growth (~150 year old) upland oak/hickory forest & flood plain forest – 430 m Sangamon River access.
CCDC-Collins Woods 13 acres – woodlot with pasture/grazed history.
Nanney Research Area 45 acres 40+ year successional upland and flood plain woods – 1,200 m Embarras River access.
Funk Forest 62 acres “virgin prairie grove forest remnant” upland and flood plain forest – 380 m Timber Creek access.
Rutan Research Area 26 acres upland woods with grazing history – artesian spring.
Edgar and Sophia Richter Research site 22 acres – Second growth & successional, upland and floodplain woods – 820 m access to Salt Fork River.
Vermilion River Observatory 477 acres – upland and flood plain second growth eastern deciduous forest – successional oldfield and woods – crop ground – ravine systems – ponds, ephemeral creeks, seeps - field building
For more information please see http://wwx.inhs.illinois.edu/research/natural-areas-uiuc/