Sand Ridge State Forest


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Sand Ridge State Forest


Location:Southwest of Peoria and 1.5 miles northwest of Forest City in Mason County.
Facilities:27 Class C campsites, 12 backcountry primitive sites, organized group campground, equestrian camping area with hitching rails, water, pit toilets, and a shelter area, picnic area with shelter, hiking trails (44 miles), equestrian trails (55 miles), snowmobile trails (26 miles), historic site, archery range, hand trap shooting range.
Activities:Camping, hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, shooting, hunting, birdwatching.
Special Features:Largest of the state forests in Illinois, Sand Ridge is the result of a prehistoric dry period when more desert-like conditions existed. It is one of the few places in the state with a variety of plants and animals more commonly associated with the southwest than the midwest, including the badger, pocket gopher, silvery bladderpod, and prickly pear cactus. Sand Ridge Forest is also an important nesting area for such neo-tropical migratory birds as the ovenbird, indigo bunting, veery, and scarlet tanager.
Address:PO Box 111
Forest City, IL 61532

Phone:309-597-2212
Web: dnr.state.il.us/Lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R4/SAND.HTM
Size: 7,200 acres.

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Degraded dry sand savannas, that are presently dry sand forests, are a dominant community of ridges and slopes on large stabilized dunes at Sand Ridge State Forest, Mason County, Illinois.
Henry Allan Gleason Nature Preserve, located near the northwestern edge of Sand Ridge State Forest near the small village of Goofy Ridge, contains a small mature dry sand prairie.
Sand Ridge State Forest was visited more than 15 times in 2003 to 2006 to study the floristic composition of sand prairie and sand forest communities.
A total of 554 vascular plant species in 104 families were documented from the Sand Ridge State Forest.
The most notable of these aggressive species affecting Sand Ridge State Forest are: Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard), Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive).
An annotated list of the vascular plants of Sand Ridge State Forest, Mason County, Illinois.
2]/ha), relative values, importance values and average diameters of the woody species at Sand Ridge State Forest, Mason County, Illinois.
Sand Ridge State Forest is located in north-western Mason County about 21 km northwest of Havana and just west of Forest City, Illinois (parts of townships T22N R7W and T23N R7W).
The original reason for purchasing the land for what is now the Sand Ridge State Forest was to stabilize soil on abandoned farmland, develop a wood product industry, and set land aside for recreation (Andrews 2004).
Sand Ridge State Forest has a continental climate with warm summers and cold winters.
Dedicated in 1970, the preserve is within the boundaries of Sand Ridge State Forest which covers 1012 ha (Marcum et al.
Vascular flora of the Sand Ridge State Forest, Mason County, Illinois.