Lake County Preservation Society
In 1990, the Lake County Forest Preserves began acquiring the land that would become Grassy Lake Forest Preserve. Today, the 689-acre preserve significantly enhances the quality of life in the Barrington community, with its gently rolling hills, oak woodlands, marshes and moraines. Three high quality natural features include Flint Creek, Wagner Fen – home to eight endangered and threatened species – and the surrounding oak woodlands and wooded bluffs, which provide habitat for songbirds, woodpeckers and hawks.
In an effort to enhance the natural beauty and ecological function of Grassy Lake Forest Preserve, specifically on a 117-acre section of the preserve that opened to the public in October 2015, hundreds of invasive trees and shrubs are being removed and replaced with native varieties.
This work, which is being supported by a 2015 grant from the Schwemm Family Foundation, will enhance the native ecology for a variety of wildlife. In addition, the work is being implemented in such a way that visitors will be able to meander along the looping ADA trails, enjoy a panoramic view of the Fox River, and read a series of interpretive panels that explain the site’s unique natural and cultural history. A second donation, which was presented in 2016, was made by the Foundation to continue the restoration efforts of Grassy Lake.