Will buffalo find a home on Will County range?
BY BOB OKON email@example.com March 26, 2013 10:48PM
The Bison at Lords Park in Elgin, Ill., on Saturday, October 1, 2011. | Andrew A. Nelles~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 28, 2013 7:11AM
Oh, give me a Will County home where the buffalo roam.
The U.S. Forest Service wants to bring a small herd of bison to the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie near Wilmington.
The Forest Service has announced an April 3 open house to explain the plan to anyone who is interested. The meeting will be from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S. Illinois 53, Wilmington.
The small herd of buffalo would be introduced to Midewin “on an experimental basis to determine the success of prarie ecosystem restoration using bison grazing practices,” according to an announcement of the open house released Tuesday.
The Forest Service plans to use a 1,200-acre grazing area that stretches along Illinois 53 south of the Iron Bridge and north of Prairie Creek.
The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie was carved out of the old Joliet Arsenal to recreate the prairie environment that once existed in Illinois.