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Raymond Street Forest Preserve

Raymond Street
South Elgin, IL

Description

The ecological features of this preserve include pockets of floodplain forest along Poplar Creek, including large cottonwood, ash, and silver maple trees. East of Raymond Street there is a cattail marsh that provides habitat for wetland wildlife.

There is a parking lot at the trailhead of the intersection of the Fox River Regional Bike Trail with the Elgin Branch of the Illinois Prairie Path.
Future improvements include a new access under the railroad bridge; upgraded parking; trail and interpretive signage; and wetland and woodland habitat restoration.

History

The original property was obtained from the Department of Conservation of the State of Illinois in 1987. The 13-acre parcel on the east side of the street was acquired in 2003.