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Second phase of DeKalb Nature Trail restoration set to begin mid-November

The third site is the largest, and can be seen along the Kishwaukee River Bike Path near Deprin Park, 327 E. Hillcrest Drive.
The district also registered its habitats with the national organization Monarch Watch, to officially certify the sites as Monarch Waystations.
The third site is the largest, and can be seen along the Kishwaukee River Bike Path near Deprin Park, 327 E. Hillcrest Drive. The district also registered its habitats with the national organization Monarch Watch, to officially certify the sites as Monarch Waystations.

DeKALB – The second phase of ongoing restoration work on the DeKalb Nature Trail is set to begin in the middle of November.

The second phase of the plan, approved in November 2017, will last about a month, weather-permitting and include removal of invasive and undesirable understory shrubs and plants, removal of ground clutter and planting of high quality seeds and shrubs, according to a news release from the DeKalb Park District.

No mature trees will be removed, and any dead trees that do not pose a hazard to residents will be left as wildlife habitat. Selective herbicides will be used, the release said.

The restoration plan calls for removal on the nature trail of undesirable and invasive species, and introduces high-quality native species that will improve the overall quality and ecological function of the plant communities, according to the release. It also will provide habitat for birds and butterflies.

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