Beginning in the fall of 2009, Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. began management of the approximately 50 acres of shoreline buffers, prairie buffers and wetlands within the Liberty Lakes residential development. Like many new residential communities, the stormwater basins and natural areas within this +/-467 Acre property were neglected during the main construction phase and build-out of the development. In the absence of regular maintenance of these areas, Cattails (Typha latifolia) and Thistle (Cirsium speciosa) became prevalent along shoreline areas and within the naturalized buffer zones.
Due to the forward-minded nature of the HOA board, a phased restoration approach within the framework of a 10-year plan was determined as the best way to tackle restoring all of the sites’ natural areas. Focusing on the most visible areas first, a concentrated and aggressive effort of maintenance and stewardship activities led to a significant resurgence of Common Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia) along shoreline areas. A prescribed burn in the spring of 2011 coupled with the installation of nearly 2,000 plugs during the season has helped to improve the natural areas plant diversity and stormwater filtration system.
With its connection to 2,700 acres of Lakewood Forest Preserve and the 9.25 mile Millennium trail that is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District Master Plan, Liberty Lakes is a desirable destination for active families in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.