St Paul Woods is an inviting oak-hickory woodland situated east of the North Branch of the Chicago River. Like many of our native woodlands, it needs management to clear invasive brush and trees to restore the original structure. The pre-settlement Public Land Survey (PLS) indicates the entire site (N & S) was originally timbered with diverse trees including bur oak, white oak, hickory, elm, ash, and basswood. Currently the site contains a good number of bur and red oaks, a few hickories and elms, but the fire sensitive species of sugar maple and basswood account for most if not all of the new growth. These species have shaded out the vast majority of the plants on the forest floor. This along with an abundant deer population has resulted in no observed oak regeneration.
Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers as we remove buckthorn and other weedy species, protecting our native ecosystems. With increased sunlight, the wildflowers and grasses will once again add to the beauty of the woods.
For more information or to volunteer contact:
Chris Parson at 847-309-4979 or Kent Fuller at St Paul Woods