Friary Site Prepared

by Carl Strang

Last fall I covered the demolition of the old friary at Mayslake Forest Preserve.

The building had deteriorated to the point where it was an attractive nuisance.

Over the winter and early spring the site waited for the final touches.

Uneven holes marked where buried concrete had been removed.

In recent weeks the contractor finished the grading, and spread some topsoil.

The savanna is ready to expand south.

The exclusion fence was removed, but a silt fence remains to contain unprotected soil. Once the prairie seed mix has been broadcast, this place
can move on to the next stage, a living stage, of its story.



  1. August 1, 2011 at 5:46 am

    […] I posted on the preparation of the friary site’s soil at Mayslake Forest Preserve. Later that day I found that seed had been spread. A basic starter […]

  2. January 26, 2012 at 7:04 am

    […] Preserve. The main exception has been a flock of dark-eyed juncos that has taken residence at the former friary site. The area grew a lot of annuals in the late summer and fall, including a number of weedy species, […]

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