Woods & Wetlands

 Sierra Club
Woods & Wetlands Group


March, 2012

Date Title / Location Rating Leader /  Contact Bring $$
March 11
Hike the FAP 342 "Pkoe" Corridor
Prairie Crossing to Almond Marsh FP, Grayslake
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Evan Craig
Warm layered clothes, eye protection, sturdy, preferably waterproof boots, 2nd pair of shoes for the trip home, water. $free

Did you know that there are hundreds of acres of public land that connect together half the way up the middle of Lake County? These lands and waters form a corridor, and are our unofficial wildlife preserve, featuring dozens of high value wetlands, several streams, and proximity to six Lake County Forest Preserves. Yet few even know it exists. We're calling it the Pkoe Corridor, because Pkoe (puh-koh-eh) is the Potawatomi word for "Wild." Now it is once again threatened by those who want to have an extension of the Rt. 53/120 bypass built through these sensitive areas. This hike will start where this corridor goes through the Prairie Crossing conservation area, and explore its course to Almond Marsh Forest Preserve.

The hike will start on Harris Rd. in Prairie Crossing, head east across route 45, south-east through Arbor Vista and finally north-east to Almond Marsh near Almond Road.

Plan for the weather and on and off-trail hiking, mud, rain etc.

There will be a shuttle back to parking on Harris Rd. if you RSVP by clicking on the leader's name above.

Park along Harris Rd. The hike will start from the yellow farmhouse at 32400 N. Harris. Map

This is the second Pkoe Corridor outing planned in collaboration with the Liberty Prairie Conservancy. This hike will travel a 2.5 mile section of public lands purchased for the proposed Route 120 bypass, which is part of the proposed roadway being discussed by the Tollway Authority's Route 53/120 Blue Ribbon Advisory Council. The purpose of the hike is to educate ourselves on the potential draconian effects to natural areas, farmland and residential communities of the proposed Rte. 120 bypass - an experience we call "ground-truthing." No one has actually walked the corridor before - we'll learn a lot by doing this. This section of the proposed bypass has very important community character and environmental values that must be protected and enhanced if a road is to be approved or supported. The hike will highlight firsthand these valued features. See pictures from our first hike.

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