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The preservation and enhancement of the open space within Woodstone Prairie is of paramount importance to its creators. To that end, we composed an overall Conservation Plan which will guide the restoration and maintenance of the open space at Woodstone Prairie. The main goals of this plan are:

Ecological Goals

To improve water quality inputs to the wetland, Birches Creek and Lake Geneva by:

  • reducing sediment, nutrient, and surface water runoff inputs through the establishment of a native grass prairie
  • increasing infiltration and groundwater recharge

To improve wildlife habitat by:

  • maintaining and increasing areas of natural vegetation in the open spaces, including mesic prairie, oak savanna, and wetland
  • reducing populations of invasive vegetation
  • increasing structural habitat diversity by establishing emergent wetland vegetation in the storm water detention basin
  • creating a buffer along the wetland boundary

Aesthetic Goals

  • To create vegetation communities with a diversity of color and texture throughout the year
  • To create appreciation for the utility of native plants in landscaping

Recreational Goals

  • To make the open areas accessible to homeowners for passive recreation via a low-maintenance path

Social/Education Goals

  • To give children and adults a place to experience and learn about a diverse natural community
  • To give residents pride in their living space
  • To involve residents in the care of their living space
To help build community through interaction with the landscape.

The following plants are present at Woodstone Prairie:

Native Grasses
Common Name Scientific Name
lbs / Acre
Seeds / Sq Ft
Big Bluestem Andropogon gerardi
2.75
8.21
Indiangrass Sorghastrum nutans
2.00
7.81
Sideoats grama Bouteloua curtipendula
1.00
7.85
Little bluestem Schizachyrium scoparium
1.00
5.17
Western wheatgrass Agropyron smithi
0.50
1.26
       
Forbs (flowers)
Common Name Scientific Name
lbs / Acre
Seeds / Sq Ft
Black-eyed susan Rudbeckia hirta
0.80
1.73
Prairie coneflower Ratibida columnifera
2.00
2.87
Purple prairie clover Dalea purpureum
6.00
2.37
Purple coneflower Echinacea purpurea
1.00
0.17
Illinois Bundle Flower Desmanthus illinoensis
10.00
0.86
White prairie clover Dalea candide
3.20
1.34
Partridge pea Chamaecrista fasciculata
2.00
0.14
Tall Coreopsis Coreopsis Tripteris
0.05
0.12
Roundhead lespedeza Lespedeza capitata
0.50
0.11
Prairie Coreopsis Coreopsis palmata
0.50
0.14
       
Woody Plants
Leadplant Amorpha canescens
1.00
0.18

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