Nature Preserve Area:
Location and Access:
From Durand, take Center Road north 2.2 mi. to Yale Bridge Road, then turn and go west 1.7 mi. to Anderson Road, then turn and go north 0.3 mi. to Laona Heights Forest Preserve. The nature preserve is in the forest preserve and is west of the road.
Laona Heights is an example of dry-mesic upland forest once common in the Freeport Section of the Rock River Hill Country Natural Division. The preserve is located in the rolling uplands above the Otter Creek floodplain. Here, the native forest community is dominated by white oak, white ash, and basswood, but sugar maple prevails in the damper ravine. A rich herbaceous understory includes bloodroot, prairie trillium, bellwort and puttyroot. Data from this area was included in the classic book Vegetation of Wisconsin by John T. Curtis.
Winnebago County Forest Preserve District
For further information:
Winnebago County Forest Preserve District, 5500 Northrock Dr., Rockford, IL 61103 (815/887-6100)
1/2009 - R. Heidorn