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The information below is provided to keep you informed about the Forest Preserve District of Will County's ongoing or recently completed land acquisition, restoration, and development projects.
Messenger Woods Nature Preserve Habitat Restoration
Project Name:
Messenger Woods Nature Preserve Habitat Restoration
Project Type: Restoration
Project Status: In Progress
Project Location:
The project is located at Messenger Woods Nature Preserve, north of Bruce Road, west of Parker Road, south of 167th Street, and east of Cedar Road in Homer Glen.
Project Description:
The Messenger Woods Nature Preserve Habitat Restoration project consists of the ongoing management of restoration work begun in 2009 at Messenger Woods Nature Preserve.

Habitat restoration in the northwestern portion of the preserve (90 acres) was funded by the O'Hare Modernization Mitigation Account (OMMA) administered by Openlands in conjunction with the City of Chicago and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This project consisted of restoring hydrology to 30 acres of wetlands, protecting eroding ravine heads, and re-creating a 60-acre mosaic of woodland, savanna, and prairie adjacent to the high quality woodland at Messenger Woods.

The primary restoration activities were completed between 2009 and 2010, and the initial five-year management period was successfully completed in 2014. Native trees and shrubs were planted in the fall of 2014, funded by the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.

Ongoing management activities, including prescribed burn management, invasive species control, enrichment seeding, and erosion repairs will continue to be funded by the OMMA administered by Openlands for up to an additional five-year period (until approximately 2019).

For more information and to view a map of the project area, download the Project Fact Sheet and Mapping linked below.

Photograph Courtesy of Juanita Armstrong
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