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8/23/2013 2:07:00 PM
Restoration limits wildlife sanctuary's invasive species

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — After years of back-breaking labor, restoration work is showing signs of progress at a 40-acre central Illinois wildlife sanctuary.

The site in Springfield is home to the Illinois Audubon Society’s headquarters. But the property was being overrun with invasive plant species.

So in 2009, volunteers began work to restore the property.

The invasive trees were turned into mulch and an evergreen ground cover was sprayed with herbicide. Meanwhile, invasive bush honeysuckle was cut and stacked into piles.

Now the property is home to about 50 species of native plants, grasses and wildflowers that can thrive in the woodlands, prairies and wetlands that comprise the site.

Tom Clay is executive director of Illinois Audubon. He says the work’s being done methodically.

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