After years of back-breaking labor, restoration work is showing signs of progress at a 40-acre Springfield wildlife sanctuary.
The Illinois Audubon Society’s headquarters was being overrun with invasive plant species. In 2009, volunteers began work to restore the property. The invasive trees were turned into mulch and an evergreen ground cover was sprayed with herbicide.
Meanwhile, invasive bush honeysuckle was cut and stacked into piles. Now the property is home to about 50 species of native plants, grasses and wildflowers that can thrive in the woodlands, prairies and wetlands that comprise the site.