Cypress Pond is TNI’s most recently acquired property and serves as a seven-acre buffer to our core preserves. After years of neglect, the one-acre pond on site was slowly becoming a lifeless mud puddle. With a grant from Illinois American Water and assistance from Great Rivers Land Trust, TNI was able to restore this body of water to its original state.
After removal of almost 10 feet of silt and construction of a storm water retention basin, Cypress Pond is again a habitable ecosystem for fish, reptiles, birds, and amphibians. Wildlife benefit from its clean, oxygen-balanced water, and our educators use the site to teach a variety of aquatic curricula.