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Howard Rutan Research Area

A 13.3 ha (32.8 acres) open upland woodlot in two parcels (25.6 acre main woods and a 7.2 acres smaller woodlot). The main parcel is a mature, open oak, hickory, and maple woods on the flat, upland ground had been maintained by grazing for most of the 20th century. The steep south facing slope is denser, young, successional growth. A ravine runs along the eastern edge of the woods and contains a filled in, 8 ft. high erosion control dam. There is an spring run on the wooded slope in the southwestern corner of the property. The smaller parcel is also a mature oak/hickory/maple woods but a 10’ to 40’ deep ravine runs through the middle of it. The south edge is in the Salt Fork River floodplain. A system of marked grid posts, at 50 meter intervals, is in place in the main parcel. Located about 21 miles east of the UIUC campus. Only fenced on the west side. Vehicle access to the parking lot on the edge of the property. Agricultural land abuts on three sides and a narrow woods that runs down to the Salt Fork River is on the west side. Acquired as a gift in 1993 (main parcel) and in 2015 (small parcel). Both parcels are owned by the University of Illinois Foundation.

Location: Twenty-five acres in the center of the SE 1/4 of section 26, Vance township, Vermilion Co. At the end of a 1/4 mile grass/rock lane off 200 E at about 1425 N. About 5 miles SW of the town of Fithian.

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