The Friends of Busse Woods was established in 2008. Our mission is to restore, restock, protect and preserve its natural lands together with their flora and fauna for the education, pleasure, and recreation of the public at Busse Woods. Volunteer groups work to restore habitat throughout Busse Woods in cooperation with the Forest Preserves of Cook County.
Busse Woods, also known as the Ned Brown Preserve, is a 3600 acre holding located in northwestern Cook County in Illinois. Busse is one of the richest and most diverse natural areas in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Flatwoods support red maple, swamp white oak and black ash, as well as sensitive fern, hop sedge and blue flag iris. Busse’s upland forest is an ancient remnant, full of tall red oaks and hickories, maple, ash, basswood, elm and very large ironwoods. Many of the trees here date back to before European settlement. The woodlands and forest shelter wildflowers such as bloodroot, great white trillium and woodland phlox.
Busse is the home to many species of animals. Birds include a variety of migratory waterfowl and grassland birds such as Henslow’s sparrows, bobolinks, and meadowlarks. Woodlands birds include warblers and owls. Mink and muskrat may be seen swimming the shoreline while deer and coyote roam the preserve.