Lake County Forest Preserves
Lake County Forest Preserves  |  Home  
Preserves & Outdoor Recreation Nature, History & Culture Golf Get Involved Info & Media About Us Contact Us Search
   
outdoor activities
your forest preserves
Maps
Des Plaines River Trail Map
Directions

Acreage
612 acres

Activities
Bicycling
Cross-Country Skiing
Hiking

Amenities
Public Parking
Trails

Related Sites 
Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway

Wetlands Research Project
The Des Plaines River Wetlands Demonstration Project is a living laboratory designed to provide scientists the research opportunities necessary to study the function of wetlands. These controlled, experimental wetlands have been constructed where abandoned farm fields and gravel pits once stood.
 
Location
The Wetlands Research Project is located in northeast Lake County near Wadsworth.
The entrance and parking area are located on the south side of Wadsworth Road, east of Route 41 and west of the Des Plaines River Trail.
 
History
The Wetlands Demonstration Project is part of the Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway. Wetlands Research, Inc. was formed in 1983 as a joint venture between the Lake County Forest Preserves and the Chicago-based Openlands Project to manage construction and research of the wetlands project.
 
The Natural Scene
Before restoration work began, the land had been drained for farmland, mined for sand and gravel and then abandoned. Most of the original wetlands had been destroyed. Today, the river, once obscured by weedy overgrowth, is visible through a rehabilitated oak grove. The prairies have been restored, and the wetlands are again functioning to provide flood control and improve water quality in the river.
 
© Kim Karpeles
Preserve News
Cicada Mania: Tell Us Your Memories of Last Emergence
Preventative Measures Help Protect Against the Emerald Ash Borer
Warm Weather Brings Out People – and Ticks
Continued Funding Approved for New Lands, Habitats, Trails and Improvements
New Survey - Lake County Forest Preserves Popular, Highly Rated
 
  top
Sitemap | Privacy Policy