Terrestrial Biological Inventory, Hillview Drainage and Levee District, Greene and Scott Counties, Illinois.
WAPORA INC EARTH CITY MO
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A qualitative evaluation of the terrestrial biological resources within the Hillview Drainage and Levee District, Greene and Scott Counties, Illinois was performed. Field reconnaissance, habitat mapping, and consultation with recognized authorities were combined to present an overview of the existing plant and animal communities within the District. The various habitats were analyzed with regard to their abilities to support wildlife. Land within the Hillview Drainage and Levee District is used primarily for agricultural purposes. The major terrestrial habitats in the District are cultivated fields, shrubby vegetated areas adjacent to drainage ditches and bordering creeks, and a bottomland forest between the riverfront levee and the Illinois River. The bottomland forest is classified as a Palustrine Forested Wetland. A total of 222 plant species and 40 vertebrate species were observed in the Hillview Drainage and Levee District. Of the vertebrates, 33 were avian, 5 were mammalian, and 2 were amphibian species. The habitats most capable of supporting wildlife are the bottomland forest and the border vegetation adjacent to the ditches and creeks. Local residents use both of these habitats for hunting. The bottomland forest provides habitat for deer, squirrels, and other game species.