Dokum Mskoda Sedge Meadow Nature Preserve
Illinois Nature Preserve Protection - January 2012
93 Acres Preserved
“Quiet Prairie” is the meaning of the Potawatomi phrase “Dokum Mskoda” and is an apt description of this rare, undisturbed sedge meadow and prairie in west Waukegan. Conserve Lake County worked with the Fields of Cambridge Condominium Association, the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission and others to protect the 93-acre site which has at least 98 native plant species. Conserve Lake County played a key role by securing funding and purchasing an 8-acre parcel that was critical for the dedication of the nature preserve to proceed. The 8 acres will be added to the preserve later this year, expanding it to over 100 acres.
The Fields of Cambridge Condominium Association owns the site and has been committed to the stewardship and protection of this natural treasure. Intrigued by the thought that the sedge meadow was largely unchanged since Native Americans lived in the area, the Association contacted an alliance of seven tribal councils of the Potawatomi who suggested the “Dokum Mskoda” name. The Potawatomis were the last succession of indigenous peoples to live the region.