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Harper's Woods

Nature Preserve Area: 
Location and Access: 
From Bradford at jct. Hwys. 88 & 93, take Hwy. 93 west 2.2 miles. The nature preserve is north of the road.

Special Note: Harper's Woods is a privately owned nature preserve. Entrance is by permission only.

Harper's Woods is a 40 acre high quality dry-mesic and mesic upland forest. This forest remains today because of the Harper families and their interest in preservation. In 1865, John Hall acquired the property and sold it to family members, asking them to never cut or graze the timber. The preserve is located above the Spoon River flood plain. The old-growth forest is dominated by white oak, with sugar maple occurring in the understory. A diverse understory is also present. Common woodland wildlife includes squirrels, raccoon, chipmunk, woodpeckers and chickadees. The woods contain several loop trails; however, the preserve is privately owned and permission is required for access.

Mrs. Betty Harper
February 23, 1983 as the 100th Illinois Nature Preserve
40 acres
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For further information: 
Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62706 (217/785-8774)