Sangamon River Property (Brady Tract)

The Sangamon River runs through this 20-acre tract of primarily wet floodplain forest dominated by silver maple and hackberry trees. The largest individual trees are silver maple (55 inches in diameter), sycamore (52 inches), hackberry (43 inches) and bur oak (38 inches).


Sangamon River area wildlife and plants

Significance of This Land

  • The Sangamon River is on the IDNR’s Illinois Natural Areas Inventory (INAI)
  • Sangamon phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. sangamonensis) is located near this tract. This subspecies is on the Illinois endangered species list and is endemic to a small area of Central Illinois, with populations known from only Champaign and Piatt Counties.
  • This land lies to the east of the Piatt County Forest Preserve’s 60-acre Sangamon River Park, separated only by a narrow power line easement.
  • It is also adjacent to the 4-acre Smith House Natural Heritage Landmark, which contains populations of the endangered Sangamon phlox.
  • Great blue herons have nested in the giant sycamores on the property; only one nest has been seen, but reliable sources say they have nested here in the past.


Brady Tract aerial view


TRACT SUMMARY: Brady Tract, Champaign County

Address: 10 CR 1800 North Seymour, IL 61875
Location: Part of the south NW ¼ of Section 31, TWP 20 N. Range 7 East of the 3PM in Champaign County, Illinois
Latitude and Longitude: 40.147688 - 88.461358
Size: ≈20 acres