Habitat Enhancement continues at Bridgeview Park
In July, 2019 brush management will occur on portions of Bridgeview. The objectives of this work are to:
- Improve Wildlife Habitat
Open oak woodlands and oak savannas are incredibly valuable for a wide array of wildlife species. The mosaic of light and shade allows the highest level of plant diversity for pollinators, song birds and other wildlife. The open areas that are being cut have scatter oaks that will be protected and an understory of establishing prairie that has been planted over the last 5 years. The brush is competing with the prairie and needs to be removed.
- Encourage regeneration of oaks
Fire suppression has allowed this historically savanna area to become densely wooded, casting full shade. Bur oak acorns require sunlight to germinate. Mechanical brush management now will allow prescribed fire to further stimulate the growth and establishment of not just oaks, but also native grasses and wildflowers.
- Control buckthorn and other woody invasive species
Through a series of grants to the County, significant work has been done to remove buckthorn and other woody invasive species here at Bridgeview. Buckthorn seed stays viable in the soil for up to 10 years – which means it is still popping up! Although in lower densities, it is still critical to keep up with removals to prevent it from producing more seed.
The cutting may take up to 3 days in July.