First round of invasive species removal complete at Carlinville Lake

First round of invasive species removal complete at

By Rick Wade
Carlinville’s Lake Watershed Coordinator Bob Caveny told the lake watershed committee Aug. 27 the initial invasive species removal in two stands of timber surrounding the lake is complete, and he is ready to send out bid packets for the first timber harvest.

Caveny said this round of invasive species removal in Stand 3 cost $27,950, or $325 per acre. The initial removal in Stand 2 cost $18,200, or $200 per acre.

Removal of invasive species of vegetation is part of the city’s overall plan to reduce the amount of erosion in the Carlinville Lake Watershed, which ends up as silt in the city’s primary water source, Carlinville Lake.

Clearing out this vegetation is expected to give oak and hickory saplings the room to take root and grow to maintain the long-term health of the forest.

Meanwhile, the city is also planning a select timber harvest of forest surrounding Carlinville Lake 1 and Lake 2.

By cutting down trees marked in February by a team of Illinois state foresters, the forest canopy will open to allow more sunlight to the forest floor, which helps those oak and hickory saplings.

The city council has earmarked the money from the timber sales to go back into the overall restoration plan for Carlinville Lake. The lake is filling up with silt, but before it can be dredged, best management practices (such as riffles, dry dams, etc.) in the lake watershed are first being designed and built to trap the silt before it can get into the lake.

The city is using its first 319 grant to pay for Phase I of these improvements; that round of funds ends shortly. The city recently submitted its grant application for Phase II 319 grants.

Caveny reported he is ready to send out Stand 3 bid packets to loggers, an action which the city council approved Aug. 12. Bids will be opened at the Oct. 7 city council meeting.