The wetlands of this area are located at the precise point where the eastern forest, central prairie and great lakes ecosystems meet, making it unique and irreplaceable. Of course, it's also where Chicago and Gary, IN created an industrial powerhouse that obliterated much of the natural environment. But, in the current post-industrial climate, there is encouraging new interest in saving what's left and restoring what's possible of this remarkable native system.
The Millennium Reserve is located in the Calumet region of Cook County, IL. Last week I spent two days touring some of the parks and natural areas that already have been established. Here is what I saw, one photo from each of the parks I visited.
|Thorn Creek Trail, Glenwood|
|Glenwood Woods, Glenwood|
|Sauk Trail Woods, Chicago Heights|
|Osprey, Powderhorn Marsh & Prairie|
|Egger's Grove, City of Chicago|
|Controlled burn, Big Marsh, Chicago|
|Jurgenson Woods, Lansing|
|Indian Ridge Marsh, Chicago|
|Wampum Lake, Lansing|
|Brownell Woods, Thornton|
|William Powers State Rec. Area, City of Chicago|
More images in my Flickr album.