Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve Wetland Mitigation Bank
Location: Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve north of Lake Cook Rd.
Description: The Lake County Forest Preserve is currently expanding and improving the Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve. As part of the work being done at this preserve, the Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) constructed a wetland mitigation bank by returning former farm fields to a sustainable natural condition. More than 25 acres of wetlands have been created, and a new section of path added that will be part of Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve’s path system. Establishing a wetland mitigation bank will help offset future impacts to wetlands that may happen as part of construction projects.
The improvement includes the creation of a wetland mitigation bank within the Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve. The work includes earth excavation, storm sewer, wetland plants and seeding and the construction of an aggregate trail.
The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) constructed a wetland mitigation bank by returning former farm fields to a sustainable natural condition.
6/6/2019 - Drone Footage captured a bird's eye view of the project.
8/28/2019 - Contractor will continue mowing operations and spraying herbicide to control weeds and other invasive species throughout the project site. These operations should continue over the next month or so. Attached are some pictures of various areas that are progressing well.
Lake County Division of Transportation
600 W. Winchester Rd.
Libertyville, IL 60048
5/9/2019 - The project is in its first year of the Maintenance and Monitoring period. The contractor is looking to begin applying herbicide to control weeds for the native landscaping areas in the next couple of weeks. They will also address some minor soil erosion concerns in certain areas of the site.
2/15/19 - With construction complete, the project will continue in a 5-Year Maintenance and Monitoring period. During this time, the area will be monitored for weed control of the native landscaping, scheduled mowing, controlled burning, etc.
8/23/18 - The project has transitioned into the 5-Year Maintenance and Monitoring period which consists of weed control of the native landscaping, mowing, control burning, etc. Shrub plantings are scheduled to be installed in September. The trail is currently closed. The LCFPD is looking to install drop gates and fencing at the trail entrances on Checker Rd.
7/19/18 - Trail installation has been completed. Next week, crews plan to work on punch list items and miscellaneous clean up work.
7/2/18 - Erosion control stabilization and miscellaneous prep/clean up work in progress. Stone placement for trail installation resumes.
6/6/18 - Crews started plug planting installation on Friday (6/1) and should finish the first shipment today, remainder scheduled for delivery on
6/15. Disking/soil prep, clean up work and miscellaneous prep work for trail construction is currently in progress. Crews may start seeding this afternoon or tomorrow. Contractor is scheduled to begin placing the aggregate base course tomorrow, followed by the aggregate surface course later in the week into the weekend, weather dependent.
5/24/18 - There has not been any work due to heavy rains over the past week or so. A majority of the project site is currently under water. Once ground conditions improve, crews will resume work on trail construction (finish grading clay, compact, proof roll and place aggregate), complete grading work in miscellaneous areas, and prep grounds for seed installation. Plant delivery is scheduled for June 1st.5/15/18 - Crews will resume trail construction once ground conditions improve. Seeding should be placed next week sometime, weather dependent. Plug planting delivery is scheduled for Friday 5/25.
5/7/18 - Contractor has completed the culvert installation and existing trail removal at the east end. Brush pile burning resumed today and should be completed in the next several days, weather dependent. Also, crews started grading the path and should continue the rest of the week. They started today at the west end of the job at Old Hicks Rd and will work their way east. Contractor plans to start seeding next week sometime and start plug planting installation later this month.
4/23/18 - There was no work last week due to wet ground conditions. This week, crews will continue tree removal/brush pile burning, miscellaneous grading/clean up work around borrow pit areas and begin removing existing “ring” trail at the east end of the project.
4/2/18 - Contractor will continue tree removal/brush pile burning and grading work around the west borrow pit area. Crews might start removing the existing “ring” trail at the east end of the project, weather dependent.
3/21/18 - Brush pile burning and grading work resumed today and should continue the remainder of this week.
1/29/18 - Contractor will resume grading and tree removal/brush pile burning once ground conditions improve -- the ground needs to freeze a little more before driving equipment on the surface. Conditions are being evaluated on a day-by-day basis.
1/17/18 - Stabilized straw placement over the seeded areas has been completed. Excavation/grading work around the borrow areas will continue in the next few days. Also, tree removal/brush pile burning could resume next week, weather dependent.
1/9/18 - Clay placement for berm 5 has been completed. Contractor started placing the stabilized straw yesterday and will continue installation the remainder of the week. Also, miscellaneous grading and cleanup work near the borrow pit areas will be worked on this week. No brush pile burning is scheduled for this week.
1/2/18 - Seeding begin last week. About 40% of the seed placement has been completed. This week, crews will begin berm 5 construction at the SE corner of the project site, tree removal/brush pile burning and seeding.
12/22/17 - Crews have completed berms 1 – 3 and currently working on berm 4. For the week of 12/26, Contractor will continue soil disking, berm construction and possibly began seed placement Tuesday (26th) afternoon. Stabilized straw to be placed later in the week. Also, brush pile burning operations will resume if weather permits.
12/18/17 - Crews will continue berm construction, rip rap installation, clean up work for soil prep and disking this week. Also, Contractor is looking to begin seed placement late this week or early next week.
12/11/17 - This week, crews will continue working on the trail construction, burning brush piles, culvert installation and begin berm construction. Mowing has been completed in preparation for seed placement. Disking and seed placement may start later in the week depending on the progress of berm construction and weather.
12/4/17 - This week crews will continue placing clay for trail construction, place stone for undercuts, install trail culverts and burning brush piles.
11/28/17 - This week crews will continue placing clay for trail construction, tree removal and burning brush piles.
11/20/17 - Contractor has begun excavating clay in borrow areas and may begin placing clay to build up proposed trail tomorrow (11/21). Crews will also continue tree removal and burning brush piles this week as weather allows.
11/16/17 - Crews will continue tree removal/clearing and brush pile burning for the next few weeks. The contractor has started excavation for the proposed trail.
10/25/17 - The last trail entrance at Old Hicks Road/Checker Road has been completed. Storm sewer operations will resume next week due to wet ground.
10/18/17 - The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is constructing a wetland mitigation bank by returning former farm fields to a sustainable natural condition. The field tile removal work is now complete, and the contractor is continuing to work on the trail entrances. Storm sewer installation is in progress.
8/18/17 - The Lake County Forest Preserve is currently expanding and improving the Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve. As part of the work being done at this preserve, the Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is constructing a wetland mitigation bank by returning former farm fields to a sustainable natural condition. We will be creating more than 25 acres of wetlands, and constructing a new section of path that will be part of Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve’s path system. Establishing a wetland mitigation bank will help offset future impacts to wetlands that may happen as part of construction projects.