Edna Edwards Burnett Land and Water Reserve

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  • This section of the Embarras river is considered of high conservation value because of the diversity of freshwater mussel species that call it home.

  • Reforestation project began in 2018, with 70 oak and hickory trees planted.

Located in Crittenden Township in the southern most part of Champaign County, the Burnett Tract is closer to Villa Grove than it is to Urbana or Champaign. This parcel of land was generously donated to Grand Prairie Friends by Mr. Ralph Burnett in memory of his mother, Edna Edwards Burnett. ​


A portion of the Embarras River (about 100 ft) flows through the middle of the property. The Nanney Tract, owned by the University of Illinois, lies to the south and also protects a length of the Embarras River. ​


The site is fairly open with few trees. Reed canary grass, a non-native species, dominates the riparian zone. Scattered trees in the floodplain and adjacent areas include green ash, silver maple, Osage orange, honey locust, and hawthorn. Near the bridge on 100N, there are a few shagbark hickory and eastern cottonwood trees. 

IL 130 south from Urbana for 14 miles to 200N.  West 1 mile on 200N to 1500E.  South on 1500E one mile to 100N.  West on 100N ¼ mile.  Park along road east of bridge.  Property is north. 



1466-1498 County Road 100 N, Tolono, IL 61880

Lat: 39.894239 Long: -88.184042

Directions to the Preserve

Preserve is open for public access dawn to dusk. This is registered as an Illinois Land and Water Reserve, and no living or dead plant or animal material, or inorganic material including soils, minerals, or water, may be removed. We encourage you to come out for hiking, bird watching, nature observation and study, and photography.

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Guidelines for visiting the Preserve