Timber Ridge was once agricultural fields. The forest preserve now is oak woodlands and savannas, restored and natural prairies, recreated wetlands, and lakes.

To learn more about the forest preserve, visit Timber Ridge Forest Preserve.

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Timber Ridge Forest Preserve Enhancements

Overview

Timber Ridge Forest Preserve in West Chicago is a remote preserve. The forest preserve has several sensitive natural areas and rare ecological communities to northeastern Illinois.

Recently, the District developed a conceptual plan for Timber Ridge Forest Preserve’s western area. The plan provides for creating an access entrance on Prince Crossing Road and constructing a 30-car parking lot and a .75-mile-loop-trail with two trail overlooks. In addition, the plan features an ecological approach to treating the parking lot’s future storm water runoff and calls for native landscaping and seeding at the site.

History

The improvements came about in order to provide greater access for visitors to the western preserve area.

Funding

The District allocated $1 million for the project from the sale of non-referendum bonds and endowment funds.

Status

Vegetation is established, and the area opened in late summer 2010.

The new entrance on Prince Crossing Road, parking lot and trail.

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