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  2. Illinois Nature Preserves Commission

Sand Prairie-Scrub Oak

Nature Preserve Area: 
5
County: 
Mason
Location and Access: 
From Bath, take blacktop road east 3.6 miles, then turn and go south 1.3 miles. The nature preserve is west of the road.

Description: 
This preserve is a mixture of dry sand prairie, dry sand savanna and dry sand forest. Little bluestem, goats rue, eastern prickly pear cactus, sand love grass and porcupine grass characterize the sand prairie. Blowouts, areas of actively moving sand, are sites where beach grass, three-awn grass and Mohlenbrock's sedge may be found. Blackjack and black oaks plus mockernut and black hickories are present in the forest. Due to the arid nature of the soils, these trees remain small and "scrubby". Prairie plants are often present in the herbaceous understory of the forested land.

Lark sparrows nest in the sand prairies which also provide homes for badgers, pocket gophers, western hognose snakes and many insects that are more typical of western states.

Ownership: 
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Dedicated: 
April 1970
Size: 
1,460 acres
Topographic Quad: 
Kilbourne
Topo Map: 
Directions: 
For further information: 
Site Superintendent, Sand Ridge State Forest, Forest City, IL 61532 (309/597-2260) or Illinois Department of Natural Resources, District Natural Heritage Biologist, 700 S. 10th Street, Havana, Illinois 62644 (309-543-3262).