| Story by Cindy Cain |
If you drive around Will County, you might think the land is pretty basic with city, suburban and rural turf covered only in pavement, buildings, lawns or crops.
But there’s more to this story. Will County has incredible natural areas that are unique and worth knowing that make up the “Wonders of Will County,” according to Floyd Catchpole, the Forest Preserve District’s land management program coordinator, who has worked for the District since 2001.
“Will County has some of the rarest natural communities in the world and we have the opportunity to preserve them for the future,” he said. “And we do have some extraordinarily rare plants and natural associations, which are a bunch of plants and animals that naturally occur together.”
The most unusual natural areas occur in the Des Plaines River Valley, from Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve to Keepataw Preserve, and in the Braidwood Sands area.
Here are some of the interesting and rare natural wonders that can be found: