Re-naturalization is expensive and takes an extended period of time. In 2007, about 3 acres were prepared and planted with prairie vegetation. Controlled burns of the Conservancy and reseeding of native prairie plants and grasses will continue for the foreseeable future. In fact, a much larger part of the land has already had several successful burns, resulting in the eradication of a large number of invasive species.
Looking at the big picture, however, Kickapoo must also meet the needs of the community in which it is located and in a manner beneficial and supportive to both the land and the community.
Maintaining as much of the Conservancy in its natural state while still permitting human access and benefit to the local community remains the key to Kickapoo’s vision and a major component to its future plans.
Grazing has been part of the Conservancy’s history for over 100 years. In keeping with this history, an area farmer currently uses a portion of the property to graze cattle. One of Kickapoo’s upcoming Projects is to determine the economic feasibility of grazing once the Conservancy has been re-naturalized.
In addition, public access will continue with events like the Ogle County Trail Riders Association’s "Stronghold Ride”. Open to the public, the annual outing involves upwards of 200 riders—many of whom camp for the weekend on the bottomland of the Conservancy.
More community events and special projects are planned for the future. View the Kickapoo calendar for upcoming events at Kickapoo and its partner organizations.
Kickapoo Center south & west elevations