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  2. Illinois Nature Preserves Commission

Merwin Savanna

Nature Preserve Area: 
5
County: 
McLean
Location and Access: 
From the Interstate 55 exit at Lexington, proceed westward on the county road about 5 miles.  At the stop sign, turn right (north).  A parking lot is located on the east side of the road, just after the county road crosses the Mackinaw River.  The trail system begins at this parking lot.

Description: 
This preserve protects a rare 11-acre savanna with a small hill prairie overlooking the Mackinaw River within the Grand Prairie Section of the Grand Prairie Natural Division.  The preserve also contains upland and bottomland forest, a savanna restoration, and a portion of the Mackinaw River, a stream noted for its high mussel diversity.  Notable birds observed in the savanna include the summer tanager, red-headed woodpecker, and eastern towhee.  Prescribed fire is an important management tool being used to restore natural communities to a high-quality condition.

Ownership: 
The ParkLand's Foundation
Dedicated: 
November 2006
Size: 
30 acres, with an additional 48 acres in buffer in two tracts
Topographic Quad: 
Gridley
Topo Map: 
Directions: 
For further information: 
The ParkLands Foundation, P.O. Box 3132, Bloomington, Illinois 61702-3132 (309-454-3169, www.parklandsfoundation.org)