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FREP Annual Picnic & Program – Habitat & Hydrologic Restoration at Pingree Grove FP
July 12 @ 3:00 pm
FREP will provide grilled meats & buns. Please bring dish to share, your own table service,
and non-alcoholic beverages.
Pingree Grove Forest Preserve Shelter, 14N187 Route 20, Pingree Grove
Forest Preserve District of Kane County
For planning purposes, please RSVP to Becky at email@example.com
Presenters: Jeff Mengler, Dave Kraft (Hey and Associates, Inc), Bill Graser (KCFPD)
Pingree Grove Forest Preserve contains a large marsh complex that is potential habitat for several state-listed species including the yellow-headed blackbird. The marsh currently lacks significant patches of open water due to dense growth by invasive species (e.g., narrowleaf cattail and common reed). Open water conditions within the marsh are critically important for migratory waterfowl, as well as the state endangered species historically present in the marsh. Water currently exits the marsh through a large culvert controlled by a railroad and therefore Forest Preserve District lacks the ability to manage water levels. In addition, the marsh is a known occurrence location for the state-listed Blanding’s turtle. The closed (vegetation) nature of the marsh is not providing ideal habitat for the turtles.