Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve is a 1,225-acre natural area characterized by gently rolling topography and a mix of grassland, wetland and oak savanna woodlands. The property was actively farmed for many decades and most of its original wetland habitat had been drained and converted to cropland. DU’s project involved the restoration of 240acres of wetlands located throughout the property.
In its restored state, Rollins Savanna provides ideal breeding habitat for local nesting mallards, as well as many other wetland dependent wildlife, including several threatened and endangered species. Funding for the $500,000 project is being provided by grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, The Conservation Fund, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, other local foundations and DU major donors.