Results and Accomplishments
In the Spring of 2005 ownership of this 23 acre was transferred to MALC. The site includes a remnant prairie, a sedge meadow, savanna, and wetlands. Over 130 native plant species have already been identified on the site, and it is anticipated that proper management will increase that number. The ultimate goal of the project is to have an outstanding example of pre-settlement land conditions that can be used for enjoyment and educational purposes by the citizens of
. In the ecological context, this project area plays a critical role in terms of water quality, wildlife habitat and species diversity that was once dominant, but is now extremely rare in
. As an important part of the biological world, the site will provide a meaningful research area of the nearly extinct Midwestern prairie. As this site links a SEWRPC Isolated Natural Area and a Secondary Environmental Corridor, its protection will benefit the
watershed. The wetlands and adjoining sedge meadow will protect Legend Creek from run-off when the surrounding area is developed. The site will be open to the public; therefore, the project will also contribute to the health and social well being of the community by providing a link to the natural world as well as a peaceful place of rare solitude tucked away from busy everyday life.