Each winter since 2013-2014, the Forest Preserve District hires a farmer to use a small tractor to spread seeds on the snow cover at Kankakee Sands Preserve.
The seeds come from native plants that will grow in the type of sandy soil found in the Kankakee Sands Region, which includes other southern Will County preserves.
Shore St. John’s Wort, which has been discovered in only three Illinois counties, features a yellow flower with five petals and 13 or more stamens. The state-endangered species is one of several rare plants found in the Kankakee Sands Region.
(Photo by Lonny Cain)
Indian paintbrush is one of the plants grown from seed donated by The Nature Conservancy for the Forest Preserve District’s Kankakee Sands restoration project.
(Photo by Cindy Cain)
The state-threatened tubercled orchid is only 1-2.25 inches tall, but it has a spike of whitish- or yellowish-green flowers that can grow up to 10 inches tall. This plant also is found in the Kankakee Sands Region.
(Photo by Juanita Armstrong-Ullberg)