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reed-turner About Reed-Turner Woodland
Thousands of years have passed since the retreat of Ice Age glaciers. The topography of what is now the Reed-Turner Woodland has actually changed little since then, but the face of the land has altered and been altered many times.

From oak forests, to plains and back again to forest, this area has reacted both to climactic change and the influence of mankind. Native Americans were the first to interact with the landscape through cultivation, hunting and selective planting. When European settlers came to northern Illinois, much of the forest areas were clear cut and the soil was tilled for farming. Partially because of the steep hillsides, the area that is now the Reed-Turner Woodland remained forested.

In the 1930s, timber cutting and animal grazing was greatly curtailed. At this time, Mr. Reed created what is now known as Reed Pond and is adjacent to the Woodland.

The Village of Long Grove was incorporated in 1956. The residents of this community realized that they had a unique situation and within a few years the beginning of the Long Grove Comprehensive Plan was developed. This plan included keeping the Village of Long Grove as a relatively rural community with a good deal of open space.

In 1973 the Long Grove Park District worked with Guy Reed's daughter, Barbara Turner to established and oversee the open space for the village. The Reed-Turner Woodland was placed under the care of the park district, but fell into a slightly different category since it was established in conjunction with both the Illinois Nature Preserve Commission and the Nature Conservancy.

Since then a great deal has been done to restore the woodland to its previous natural state. Please feel free to click on the map located above and download it to take with you on a visit the Reed-Turner Woodland.

More information on Reed-Turner and the other parks within Long Grove may be found at the Long Grove Park District website or by calling (847)438-4743.
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