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posted: 8/16/2013 1:03 PM

Tyler Creek Forest Preserve to have road maintenance

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Submitted by Forest Preserve District of Kane County

Parts of Tyler Creek Forest Preserve, 401 Davis Road in Elgin, will undergo road maintenance Aug. 20-23, and preserve users may experience periodic closures during that time.

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Although the forest preserve off Route 31 will generally be open during this project, users should expect occasional, temporary closures to accommodate equipment movement and safety concerns during the repaving project.

The preserve will have signage indicating possible closures and when road work will be completed.

Schedules are subject to change due to weather and other circumstances. For more information, call the district at (630) 232-5980.

The gravel-sand bottomed Tyler Creek is the centerpiece of a multipurpose urban open space. The Tyler Creek Preserve, along with Elburn, Johnson Mound, and Bliss Woods, was the original Forest Preserve District. The city of Elgin now surrounds this once rural setting.

The site is characterized by Tyler Creek and its floodplain with oak-hickory forests on the steep slopes. The forest preserve staff has begun a habitat restoration program for the site, resulting in the appearance of a number of rare plants.

The site has been used by the staff for spring wildflower walks for the enjoyment and education of the public. The Tyler Creek extension of the bike trail was installed in 1991 and has become a popular starting point for trail users.

Tyler Creek is located at the intersection of Route 31 and Davis Road in Elgin. A creek runs through the preserves. This preserve has hiking trails, ball diamonds, and a picnic area.

For details, visit www.kaneforest.com.

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