Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve Wetland Mitigation Bank

Location: Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve north of Lake Cook Rd.

Description: The Lake County Forest Preserve is currently expanding and improving the Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve. As part of the work being done at this preserve, the Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is constructing a wetland mitigation bank by returning former farm fields to a sustainable natural condition. We will be creating more than 25 acres of wetlands, and constructing a new section of path that will be part of Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve’s path system. Establishing a wetland mitigation bank will help offset future impacts to wetlands that may happen as part of construction projects. 

The improvement includes the creation of a wetland mitigation bank within the Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve. The work includes earth excavation, storm sewer, wetland plants and seeding and the construction of an aggregate trail. The trail is tentatively scheduled to open in the summer of 2018.

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Current Information

 
The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is constructing a wetland mitigation bank by returning former farm fields to a sustainable natural condition. 

8/23/18 - The project has transitioned into the 5-Year Maintenance and Monitoring period which consists of weed control of the native landscaping, mowing, control burning, etc. Shrub plantings are scheduled to be installed in September. The trail is currently closed. The LCFPD is looking to install drop gates and fencing at the trail entrances on Checker Rd.





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