Nature Preserve Area
Location And Access
From the intersection of I-80 and IL Rt 82 (south edge of Geneseo), travel south on Rt 82 a distance of 5.25 miles, then west (right) on a graded, gravel road (1400N) exactly 1 mile, then south 1 mile, then east approximately 0.25 mile to the cemetery entrance. A small parking area and entrance to the prairie are visible at that point. Please follow the path.
This black soil prairie remnant is representative of the Western Section of the Grand Prairie Natural Division. Big bluestem, little bluestem and Indian grass are the dominant grasses with a variety of interesting and unique forbs including yellow star grass, Hill's thistle and one-flowered broomrape. Some historical accounts indicate that many years ago the cemetery was mowed for hay, but the prairie has remained undisturbed in recent years. It is now carefully managed with a combination of brush removal and prescribed burning.
For Further Information
Alan Yager, Supervisor of Munson Township, R.R. 2, Box 85, Cambridge, IL 61238 (309/944-6212); Henry County Natural Area Guardians, County Soil and Water Conservation District, 301 E. North, Cambridge, IL 61238 (309/937-3376)