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Natural Resource Management

The Woodridge Park District is dedicated to preserving native plant communities, wildlife diversity, and water quality throughout the District. A Natural Resource Management Plan was created to serve as a tool to educate residents about the District’s natural resource management techniques. A list of natural area sites and habitat types, as well as descriptions of those areas can be found in the plan.

Natural Resource Management Plan Overview
The Woodridge Park District owns and manages 150 parcels totaling 682 acres which consist of 40 sites, 26 prairies, 20 ponds, 30 woodlands, 16 streams, and approximately 28 wetlands. These sites contain a variety of native plants, wildlife and water features. The District’s Natural Resource Management Department is dedicated to preserving and managing these natural areas.

View full Natural Resources Management Plan

Prescribed Burns to Begin October 1 and Continue Through Spring 2020

The Woodridge Park District will be conducting prescribed burns in numerous parks and properties beginning this fall. The burns will take place between October 1 and May 30, when weather conditions are suitable. 

Prescribed burns are part of a natural areas management process and will be conducted by trained Park District staff or a contractor. All burns are supervised by an Illinois Certified Prescribed Burn Manager. Prescribed burns are a management technique used for improving site conditions for high quality native plants while reducing invasive weeds.

During the prescribed burn, smoke conditions will occur, but shall be kept to a minimum.  Should any of your family members have health situations that may be affected or irritated by these conditions, please contact us so that we may properly plan to avoid any problems.

Prescribed burns are planned for the following parks:

• 63rd Street Park
• Boundary Hill Woods
• Caddie Corner Park
• Castaldo Park
• Crabtree Creek Lot
• Cypress Cove
• Hawthorne Hill Woods
• Heritage Parkway
• Ide's Grove West Park
• Lake Harriet
• Mending Wall Park
• Orchard Hill Park
• Rosewood Pond
• Rutgers/Peters Basin
• Seven Bridges Park
• Summerhill Park
• Vicente Outlot A, C & D
• Village Greens Golf Course
• Water Tower Reserve Outlot A & B
• Wendy’s Pond
• Windy Point Park

High Risk Natural Area Tree Removals

This project focus’ on the removal of dead or high risk trees within various natural areas. These removals will take place contractually over the winter at the following sites:

-Timber’s Edge Woods
-Vicente outlots A, D and E
-Orchard Hill
-Lake Harriet
-Crabtree Creek
-Others, if needed

Park Tree Inventory

As part of the Environmental Management Budget, this year staff identified the importance of a tree inventory conducted at 24 of our parks and three natural area sites. This inventory helps us by:

  • Creating a strategic management system for pruning, removal and planting
  • Assessing and mitigating tree risks
  • Analyzing existing tree diversity
  • Strategically planning and locating future park development features accordingly

Community Center Playground Landscape Renovation

The Woodridge Park District’s Natural Resource and Landscape Crews have removed some landscape material surrounding the community center playground this fall. Many of the shrub removals have taken place as a result of the plant material being overgrown, diseased, or dead, thus being a visual obstruction to the playground. This spring/summer, staff will reinstall some of the plant material with a smaller scale variety to permit good visibility throughout the site. Thank you for your patience.

Seven Bridges Park Landscape Renovation

Our arborist and landscape architect recently completed an assessment of the current landscape conditions at Seven Bridges Park. Upon inspection, we discovered many of the trees were overgrown, diseased and/or dead. Our goal is to improve sight lines, safety and improve overall tree health in the park.   As a result, our staff has begun the first phase of removing some of those trees.  We will continue more of these removals over the next several weeks. 

Lake Harriet Landscape Renovation

Our arborist and landscape architect recently completed an assessment of the current landscape conditions at Lake Harriet. Upon inspection, we discovered many of the trees were diseased and/or dead. We will also being removing invasive brush that has taken over the island in the middle of the lake. Brush will be disposed on the island by controlled burning managed by our certified burn manager. Our goal is to improve safety and overall tree health in the park.   Weather permitting, staff plans to conduct this work in winter of 2020.

 

Living with Coyotes

Coyotes are occasionally spotted in the winter including parks and schools. They tend to shy away from human beings, but have been known to attack unattended small pets. The park district would like to remind residents of these tips provided by the Forest Preserve of DuPage County:

Keep pet food and watering dishes inside, especially at night.

Do not allow spillage to accumulate around bird feeders.

Keep grills and barbecues clean: even small food scraps may attract animals.

Keep garbage cans indoors.

Keep dogs and cats leashed and stay with our pets outside, especially during the evening and early morning when coyotes are most active.

If you feel a coyote is dangerous, please call the Village of Woodridge Police Department at 911. To learn more about living in harmony with DuPage County's native wildlife, visit the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's website.