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In order to protect the unique ecosystem of Elkhart Hill, the family recently dedicated 136 acres of woods as the Elkhart Grove Forest Preserve. Studies by the University of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Conservation have identified the hill as an important stop for migratory birds and the forest as a special example of prairie woodland flora and fauna. Several endangered species of plants thrive in the unusual Blue Ash forest. Walking trails through this beautiful old growth timber, surrounding fields and wetland areas are accessed by specially arranged day passes. Press Release - IL DNR

Plans to expand the preserve, by the restoration of prairie acerage adjacent to it, are underway. The family is in the process of fund raising to restore some of the historic barns as educational centers from which to promote environmental workshops and study programs.