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Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens

The semi weekly blog spot is an amazing resource for those of you who want to read about landscaping with natives and why it is so beneficial to our indigenous wildlife.  Articles are posted from all over the country, and many from the Midwest, so a lot of great regional information is a click away.


Brush Hill Nature Preserve.  This preserve was the first of the Green Earth's properties.  It is located in eastern Carbondale at the top of the hill on Park Street, about halfway between Wall and Giant City Road.  The parking for this site is just west of the Carbondale Township Fire Dept.  

Brush Hill is approximately 20 acres of forested hills.  The 1.0 mile Herbie Beyler Trail loop is moderately difficult.  A shorter trail loop (approximately 1/3 mile in length) by-passes the steeper and more challenging portions of the trail. The full trail passes through many different habitats, including an old clearing, an upland forest, a lowland forest, a seasonal pond, and a coal pit excavated by early settlers.

The Derecho Storm that swept through the Carbondale area during May 2009 permanently changed the face of this woodland.  What was a mature forest with closed canopy structure was set back successionally to nearly open field conditions.  The oaks, hickories, and walnuts that dominated much of the west facing slope are gone.  Sapling trees will now have to compete with shrub species for sunlight and other resources.

The hiking trail that was closed for months following the Derecho is open again thanks to the hard work of volunteers Keith and Mark Beyler.  Since the trail's reopening, several sections have been re-routed to deal with downed trees and long standing erosion problems.  The lower, wetter sections of the trail can still be problematic after rain, but Green Earth has begun upgrading these areas with pikes and gravel.  Major improvements have been made over the past few years and will continue with the help of our fantastic volunteer labor force.

Trail Adopters:  Long Forestry Consultation

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