white oak Lone Grove Forest Preserve

Kaneville Township

Perry Rd.
Kaneville, IL

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Lone Grove is a quiet "out in the country" preserve 2.5 miles northwest of the rural hamlet of Kaneville. For the most part, the surrounding land is flat open fields, but here along a tributary of Big Rock Creek, that acted as a partial firebreak, grew a forest. The historic Lone Grove consisting of thick bark Bur Oaks and other prairie edge sentinel trees, were able to survive the onslaught of prairie fires that swept through most of the area. Consequently this attractive woodland largely remains as it was a thousand years ago.
 
Floristically, Lone Grove is especially interesting. For it is here on the prairie that many of the presettlement prairie forbs and grasses have intermixed with the traditional herbaceous woodland carpet plants. We have an enclave of great biodiversity, an island of ever changing form and color throughout the seasons. The rich, unspoiled wetlands along the creek are ablaze with flowers from late June through September and coupled with the adjacent woodland, this place is a busy arena of wildlife activity from the butterflies to the weasels.
 
Lone Grove is located 2.5 miles northwest of Route 47 in Kaneville. It is a nature preserve to be visited on foot.

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