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Invasive species to be removed, natural areas restored in five Naperville parks this fall and winter – Chicago Tribune

Five Naperville parks will undergo environmental improvements this fall and winter, with invasive species being removed and seeds for native species planted as part of the Naperville Park District’s ongoing restoration program.

Natural areas with plants and trees help support wildlife and getting rid of invasive species helps species native to the area to thrive, district officials said.

Work at Hobson West Ponds, 1047 S. West St., began this summer and will continue this winter, according to a district news release. Staff will clear remaining invasive species throughout the natural area with a focus around the north pond.

At May Watts Park, 804 S. Whispering Hills Drive, woody invasive plants are being removed along the pond shoreline, which will help minimize erosion and enhance water quality, officials said. Invasive plants also will be removed from the hill near Whispering Hills Drive.

The work at DuPage River Park, 808 Royce Road, will include removing invasive shrubs and trees along the river shoreline and another natural area. A seed mixture of native plants to protect the shoreline from erosion will be planted.

Similarly, woody plants are being removed along the river shoreline at Knoch Knolls Park, 320 Knoch Knolls Road. A native plant seed mixture will be planted along the shoreline here as well.

Invasive shrubs and trees are being removed along the pond shoreline at Summerfield Lake Park, 2003 Skylane Drive, and native plant seeds planted, officials said.

“These projects are part of ongoing park maintenance and the park district’s commitment to environmental stewardship,” Director of Parks Tim Quigley said.

For more information on the district’s restoration program, go to www.napervilleparks.org/restorationprojects.

Michelle Mullins is a freelance reporter for the Naperville Sun.

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