Warrenville Grove River Corridor Restoration
Warrenville Grove Forest Preserve has seen some major natural resource improvements recently, as the dam was removed and the West Branch DuPage River and adjacent floodplain and woodlands were restored. Volunteers, led by the site’s steward, have also removed invasive brush from the woodland on the east side of the preserve.
Beginning in December 2015, these efforts continued with invasive brush maintenance in several areas of the preserve along the river. Work will be completed by May 2016. Desirable native trees and shrubs, including oaks, maples, and dogwoods, will remain. Contractors will use chainsaws and hand tools to remove the invasive brush and burn brush piles to dispose of it.
Controlling these invasive woody plants will help reconnect and restore the river corridor. The larger restored landscape will help support a more functional ecosystem, not only supporting a diverse array of wildlife but also providing visitors with springtime wildflowers and impressive views of the river, wetlands and woodlands.