Evanston’s Forestry and Greenways Divisions will start habitat restoration work Tuesday in part of the Lighthouse Beach dunes and Harley Clarke Mansion Council Circle.

Work expected to continue over several weeks, weather permitting.

The project will include removing dead and dying ash trees, volunteer trees, and other non-native trees and vegetation. Crews will also address soil erosion around the Council Circle. Work will not expand onto the Harley Clarke Mansion manicured grounds.

The Council Circle.

City officials say the habitat restoration work is essential to protecting and conserving the natural area, while also maintaining the site for safe recreational use. Once work is complete, staff will evaluate the site for placement of possible replacement vegetation.

The deadline for interested parties to submit proposals for a new use for the vacant city-owned Harley Clarke mansion is Feb. 28.

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