Belleau Woods Land and Water Reserve
Image © Illinois Nature Preserves Commission
The 118-acre Belleau Woods Land and Water Reserve was dedicated in 2013. Its 300 species of native plants grow among an upland oak forest, floodplain forest and prairie, which have remained undeveloped since the District received the land in 1965. Three species of sensitive forest birds and 18 species of woodland birds have been confirmed as breeding.
District ordinances already dictate the preservation of rich, natural habitats, but land and water reserve status provides an extra layer of protection for future generations. The District continues to own, manage and maintain these areas, but individuals who destroy natural resources or violate other regulations are subject to state penalties. For more on the nature preserves and land and water reserves system, visit the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission's web page at http://dnr.state.il.us/inpc.
There are no designated District trails within Belleau Woods Forest Preserve.
In accordance with the Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act, bicycles and horses are not allowed at the area. Pets must remain on the unmaintained footpath.