Davey Resource Group documented baseline conditions in Burnidge Woods, a city park in Elgin. This effort involved GPS mapping of existing park features such as trails and interpretive signs, identification and mapping of vegetation community types within the woods using the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory, conducting a vegetation inventory, assessing the general health of the woods, and providing recommendations with cost estimates for park maintenance.
Celastrus orbiculatus (large oriental bittersweet) vines had degraded the health of the northern flatwoods vegetation community, which included Prunus virginiana (chokecherry), Quercus coccinea (scarlet oak),
Q. macrocarpa (bur oak), Q. palustris (pin oak), and Tilia americana (American basswood). The weight of the vines resulted in branch failure in otherwise healthy trees. Davey Resource Group identified hazardous trees adjacent to trails and then trimmed or removed them to promote public health and safety.
Large common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) shrubs were suppressing the native understory in portions of the woods. Davey removed these shrubs and treated the stumps with Garlon® 4 to prevent resprouting.
Davey Resource Group chipped hazardous trees and large branches on site and spread the chips on park trails. Smaller branches were left piled for wildlife habitat.
Funding for this project was provided by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant awarded by the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, U.S. Forest Service.