Mill Creek Project - Forest Stand Improvement and Invasive Species Control
Mill Creek is a high quality natural area located in southern Randolph county in Illinois. Owned by Heartland Conservancy, it contains several creek corridors with impressive bluffs that are almost canyon like in some areas.
Long Forestry completed a forest stand improvement and invasive species control on the entire 100 acre preserve fall 2014 - spring 2015 season. The project goals were to re-establish the oak/hickory upland and to eliminate or control bush honeysuckle, multi-flora rose, autumn olive, tree of heaven, and Japanese honeysuckle. To protect the diverse and high quality attributes of Mill Creek, several methods were used during the invasive species treatments, including foliar spraying, basal bark application, cut stump, and hand pulling.
Click on the picture below to download a narrative and pictoral review of the project. It covers the scope of our assignment, the methods we used, and the results of the project.