Thompson Road Oak Woods

Project Profile

Project Location

Bull Valley, IL

Project Operator

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County

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Project Contact

Lisa Haderlein, Executive Director

As part of the Chicago Carbon Region Program, The Land Conservancy of McHenry County (TLC) and Village of Bull Valley are preserving the 35-acre Thompson Road Oak Woods in Bull Valley, IL. The forest is dominated by 100+-year-old bur oak, white oak, and shagbark hickory trees. This project is part of a larger effort to protect the Thompson Road Conservation Area, a 275-acre property located in an important headwaters area of the Boone Creek Watershed.

Preserving Thompson Road Conservation Area will help enhance water quality for Boone Creek, a high-quality, cold-water creek considered one of Illinois’ true ecological treasures. By restoring a functioning wetland system to the property, the natural areas will better filter and manage the water that eventually flows into the creek. Thompson Road also has nearly five miles of private equestrian trails that will be preserved and incorporated in the future park as mixed-use trails. This will expand the use of these trails beyond horseback riding to include hiking, walking, snowshoeing, trail running, and other non-motorized activities.

Preserving the forest will also conserve habitat for a wide diversity of bird species, including ovenbird, eastern towhee, brown thrasher, wood thrush, and norther flicker – all species that need woods and/or shrub habitat to thrive. An accessible public viewing area will also be created along Thompson Road for wildlife viewing, including the seasonally resident sandhill cranes.

This project is part of the Chicago Region Carbon Program (CRCP) and complements other tree planting and preservation projects in the seven-metro counties included in the Chicago Region Trees Initiative. Projects in the 2022 CRCP cohort include:

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