Lakewood Master Plan

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This PowerPoint presentation outlines elements of a proposed Master Plan for Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda. The Lakewood Master Plan Advisory Committee approved a Conceptual Master Plan on May 17, 2007, and forwarded their recommendation to the Forest Preserve Board of Commissioners for review and consideration. When approved by the Forest Preserve Board, the Conceptual Master Plan will provide a solid framework for future restoration and renovation of trails, public use facilities and natural habitats at Lakewood. Thanks are extended to members of the Lakewood Master Plan Advisory Committee for their volunteer efforts over the past two years in helping to prepare the recommended Conceptual Master Plan.

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Lakewood Master Plan

  1. 1. LAKEWOOD FOREST PRESERVE CONCEPTUAL MASTER PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE – APPROVED MAY 17, 2007
  2. 2. LAKEWOOD CONCEPTUAL MASTER PLAN General Use Categories Low Use Zone: • Large concentrations of threatened & 5 endangered species, sensitive areas & 6 protected habitats • Potential restoration as large non-fragmented high quality habitats • Very limited public access 1 • Primary access for maintenance, public safety 4 and restoration only 7 Moderate Use Zone: • Existing low to moderate quality habitats • Isolated high quality habitats 8 2 3 • Existing habitat fragmentation that will remain 9 in the future • Adjacent to high use zones 10 • Potential public access and trails 15 11 12 High Use Zone: • Minimal species diversity & no high quality 13 natural areas 16 • Land has been highly disturbed by past or present land uses 14 • Major public access or recreation facilities exist or are adjacent • Potential for major public access or recreation facilities
  3. 3. #1 MILLENNIUM TRAIL CORRIDOR • Landscape Characteristics – Former Wauconda Orchard lands – Narrow trail corridor through residential development – Disturbed land with minor woodlands and adjacent wetlands • Current Land Uses / Activities – Millennium Multi-Use Trail – Native tree planting along trail • Potential Land Uses / Activities – No additional programming or restoration recommended – Additional native tree planting along trail corridor – Millennium Trail tunnel connection under Bonner Rd.
  4. 4. #2 BROBERG MARSH • Landscape Characteristics – Regionally significant hemi-marsh bird habitat – Nine threatened and endangered bird species use wetland – Bordered by steep wooded slopes • Current Land Uses / Activities – Wetland bird habitat – Illinois Natural Area Inventory Site • Potential Land Uses / Activities – Restoration and enhancement of bird and other sensitive species habitat
  5. 5. #3 BROBERG MARSH BUFFER • Landscape Characteristics – Rolling topography broken up by mature oak hedge rows – Savanna restoration on former agricultural fields – Gravel trail • Current Land Uses / Activities – Prairie and savanna habitat buffer – Millennium Multi-Use Trail – Native tree plantings along trail • Potential Land Uses / Activities – Continue habitat restoration and enhancement of bird and other sensitive species habitat area – Millennium Trail tunnel connection under Bonner Rd. – Continued native tree planting along trail – Overlook for bird watching
  6. 6. #4 FAIRFIELD WETLANDS • Landscape Characteristics – Large parcel with three extensive hemi- marsh wetlands – Two wetlands with seven threatened and endangered bird species each – Agricultural fields on upland areas • Current Land Uses / Activities – Licensed farming – Wetland bird habitat • Potential Land Uses / Activities – A large mostly non-fragmented wetland, savanna, prairie complex habitat restoration – Preservation and enhancement of threatened and endangered species – In conjunction with Broberg Marsh & Buffer this complex will create an extensive wetland and grassland bird habitat as well as for other sensitive species – Very limited public access on perimeter
  7. 7. #5 EAST RAY LAKE • Landscape Characteristics – Agricultural fields and drainage ditches – Absent of native vegetation or wetlands – Frontage on Fremont Center Road and Erhart Road • Current Land Uses / Activities – Licensed farming • Potential Land Uses / Activities – Heritage Farm – Public access trails and parking – Other recreation opportunities – Wetland, prairie, savanna restoration
  8. 8. #6 WEST RAY LAKE • Landscape Characteristics – Former Ray Lake now a wetland drained by farm tiles and ditches – Extensive wetlands surrounded by former agricultural fields that have been planted in a grassland mix • Current Land Uses / Activities – Restrictive conservation easement – Informal public use by people parking and walking on site • Potential Land Uses / Activities – Public access trail and Gilmer Rd. tunnel connection – Savanna and prairie restoration – Wetland habitat and hydrology restoration – Ray Lake restoration or re-creation of former Ray Lake, pending control of wetland/water outlet
  9. 9. #7 EPSTEIN PARCEL • Landscape Characteristics – Access from Gilmer Road – Agricultural row crops with existing barn – Oak woodland and hedge rows • Current Land Uses / Activities – Licensed farmland and barn – Millennium-Ray Lake Trail Connection, construction Spring 2008 • Potential Land Uses / Activities – Future public access trail and Gilmer Rd. tunnel connection to Ray Lake – Wetland, savanna and prairie restoration
  10. 10. #8 FOUR WINDS GOLF COURSE • Landscape Characteristics – Access from Route 176 – Former golf course with existing facilities and extensive mowed turf – Existing path system and parking lot – Scattered oak groves with extensive non- native golf course tree plantings – Open water channels and degraded wetland • Current Land Uses / Activities – No current programming – Anticipated interim public parking & trail access, Spring/Summer 2008 – Millennium/Ray Lake Trail Connection, construction Spring 2008 – Cell towers • Potential Land Uses / Activities – Removal of existing buildings – Relocation of group reserved picnic shelters from Area #15 – Hiking/biking trails – Other recreation opportunities – Road system and parking – Wetland restoration – Non-reserved picnicking – Fencing and landscaping along ATB property – Future site of Lakewood Maintenance Facility
  11. 11. #9 DOG EXERCISE AREA • Landscape Characteristics – Access from Fairfield Road – Grass fields with mowed trails and gravel parking area – Degraded oak woodland on steep knoll at northwest corner and wetland on east border • Current Land Uses / Activities – Active dog exercise area – Millennium-Ray Lake Trail Connection, construction Spring 2008 – Tree planting in dog exercise area • Potential Land Uses / Activities – Paved parking lot – Additional tree planting along trail corridor and in dog exercise area – Woodland restoration
  12. 12. #10 WINTER SPORTS AREA • Landscape Characteristics – Old Ivanhoe Road corridor – Rolling topography dominated by remnants of former tree nursery – Paved parking area – Sled hill and ice rink – Gravel Trail – East farm storage buildings • Current Land Uses / Activities – Winter Sports facilities – Millennium Multi-Use Trail and Fairfield Rd. tunnel – Winter Sports and Millennium Trail parking • Potential Land Uses / Activities – No change in programming
  13. 13. #11 EAST LAKEWOOD • Landscape Characteristics – Steep rolling slopes with extensive degraded oak woodlands interspersed with former agricultural fields and wetlands – Davis, Owens and Schreiber lakes – Floating mat bog at Schreiber Lake contains five threatened and endangered plant species – Successful savanna restoration area – Gravel trails • Current Land Uses / Activities – Millennium Multi-Use Trail – Schreiber Lake is an Illinois Natural Area Inventory site – Informal walk-in fishing • Potential Land Uses / Activities – Public access trail expansion – Habitat restoration
  14. 14. #12 WAUCONDA BOG • Landscape Characteristics – Rare tamarack bog ecosystem with 14 plant and 2 bird threatened and endangered species – Extensive adjacent wetland which drains to Bang’s Lake – Inaccessible even to foot traffic • Current Land Uses / Activities – State dedicated Nature Preserve and Dedicated Buffer Nature Preserve – National Natural Landmark – Illinois Natural Area Inventory Site – Lake County Forest Preserve residence/ garage storage • Potential Land Uses / Activities – Habitat restoration
  15. 15. #13 WAUCONDA BOG BUFFER • Landscape Characteristics – Degraded oak woodlands – Steep shaded slopes and ravines border wetland – Eroded dirt foot trails – Agricultural fields and non-native tree plantings • Current Land Uses / Activities – Educational programs / youth group camping – Buffer to State Nature Preserve – Dirt foot trails – Licensed farming • Potential Land Uses / Activities – Woodland and slope restoration – Public access trails – Continued educational programming and youth group camping – No parking lots in this area – Work with local residents to help determine what type of uses/activities and buffering are desired for this area – Trail connection from Tamarack Subdivision to the Millennium Trail Buffer Zone – Any buffer requested by local residents shall consist of native plant species suitable for Lakewood Forest Preserve
  16. 16. #14 SOUTH OAK WOODS • Landscape Characteristics – Mixture of degraded oak woodlands, wetlands, agricultural fields, grasslands, and pine reforestations – Steep to rolling topography – Man-made Heron, Beaver, Acorn ponds – Three threatened and endangered bird species • Current Land Uses / Activities – Equestrian and hiking trails – Gravel equestrian trailer parking – Fishing ponds – Licensed farming – Overflow
  17. 17. #14 SOUTH OAK WOODS • Potential Land Uses / Activities – Trail additions and improvements to accommodate 2016 Olympics – Minimal trail routing improvements without reduction in mileage Conservation – Pond and woodland restoration Area – Relocation of horse trailer parking to Area #16 if 2016 Olympic plan improvements are implemented – Millennium Trail equestrian/hiking connection to Area #15 – Preservation and enhancement of threatened and endangered species – Bicycle use on trails not allowed – The zone located from the northeastern forest preserve boundary along Barnswallow Estates and west to Area #16 shall contain a conservation area. The LCFP will work with local residents to help determine what type of buffer would be most suitable for this area. Existing horse trails are acceptable, however any additional trails shall be located as far west as possible. Parking shall no longer occur in this zone after the shelters have been relocated and new parking improvements have been established – Any buffer requested by local residents shall consist of native plant species suitable for Lakewood Forest Preserve
  18. 18. #15 CENTRAL LAKEWOOD • Landscape Characteristics – Original dairy farm facilities – Extensive mowed turf with picnic shelters and Special Events area – Degraded ponds and oak woodlands – Extensive network of paved roads and parking lots – Open grass fields – Over grown fields and oak ravines in youth camping area • Current Land Uses / Activities – Lake County Discovery Museum – LCFP Operations Department – LCFP Ranger Facility – Reserved shelters and non-reserved picnicking – Special Events – Civil War Days, Farm Heritage, Cross-country Meets – Organized youth group camping – Education programs – Dirt and mowed grass trails – Millennium Multi-Use Trail & Fairfield Rd. Tunnel – Fishing – Other recreation areas
  19. 19. #15 CENTRAL LAKEWOOD cont. • Potential Land Uses / Activities – Relocation of LCFP Operations Department and removal of unneeded buildings – Expanded Museum use in retrofitted farm buildings and surrounding landscape – Entrance, vehicular circulation, parking and utility reorganization and improvements – Remove reserved group picnic shelters (except Shelter E) after shelters have been built in Area #8 – Pond and oak woodland restoration – Public hiking and biking trail improvements – Millennium Trail equestrian/hiking connection to Area #14 – Special events area improvements – Other recreation opportunities – Organized youth group camping and education facility improvements – Temporary 2016 Olympic support facilities
  20. 20. #16 SOUTH CENTRAL LAKEWOOD • Landscape Characteristics – Pine reforestation area – Rolling agricultural fields – Access from Ivanhoe Road • Current Land Uses / Activities – Licensed farming – Lake County Forest Preserve ranger stable and arena – Operations Headquarters – Existing parking and trail access • Potential Land Uses / Activities – Olympic Equestrian Venue and then operated as District equestrian center and trails – Removal of District ranger stable and arena – Removal of former operations headquarters if no use is determined – In the event that the 2016 Olympic Equestrian Venue is not built - restoration and additional equestrian/hiking trails are recommended as the use for this area

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