a UN global initiative to reimagine, recreate and restore ecosystems around the world.
Let's take a closer look at a BACT preserve
featuring one of the rarest ecosystems in the Midwest.
Glaciers Did This!
Only approximately 148 of such acres exist in Illinois and 2 acres are located right in Barrington! Stewarded by BACT, Gravel Hill Conservation Easement consists of a "bowl" with gravel hill sides which are 790 feet in elevation at their highest. An adjoining woodland consisting of Bur, Red and White Oaks, as well as Maples and Pines completes this unique 4+ acre property.
Gravel hills are formed as glaciers recede, sometimes leaving deposits called kames. The prairies that develop here differ from the open prairieland. Due to the high volume of gravel in the soil, water tends to drain very quickly and the plants adjust accordingly: they grow less tall and put their energy into well-developed root systems to maximize the meager water supply.
What Grows Here?
big and little bluestem
nodding wild onion
common and whorled milkweed
rough blazing star
purple prairie clover
old field goldenrod
Some birds living in the gravel prairies include vesper sparrow, savanna sparrow, grasshopper sparrow and sedge wren.
Upcoming Events ~ Save these Dates!
June 27 - Work Day at Pederson Preserve - Sowing Seeds ~ Register