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May 2010 Land Acquisitions
 

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    May 2010 Land Acquisitions May 2010 Land Acquisitions Presentation Transcript

    • May 11, 2010
    • 1. Bluebird Meadow: 56-acre addition 2. Des Plaines River Trail: 5-acre addition 3. Almond Marsh: 30-acre addition 4. ComEd Trail easements: 36 acres 5. A combination of 4 land purchases to form a new Forest Preserve and expand Prairie Stream • New Preserve: 747.7 acres • Prairie Stream Addition: 26-acres
    • With these acquisitions, the Forest Preserve holdings will be approaching 29,000 acres.
    • PROTECT…............. Wildlife Habitat PRESERVE…............ Wetland, Prairies & Forests PROVIDE………….. Trails, River and Lake Access PROTECT…............. Against Flooding EXPAND………….... Existing Preserves SAVE………............. Large Refuges ASSIST…….............. County with Farmland Preservation
    • • Land purchase totaling approximately 56 acres. • Increases Bluebird Meadow to 156 acres. Purchase price: $2.632 million Price per acre: $47,000
    • Located east of Route 59 on the north side of Petite Lake Rd.
    • • A combination of oak grove and Advanced Identification (ADID) wetlands. • Allows for the protection and expansion of wetlands and woodlands found at Bluebird Meadow Forest Preserve. • Rolling topography with a more than 50 ft elevation difference.
    • Bluebird Meadow
    • • Land purchase totaling approximately 5 acres. Purchase price: $425,000 Approximate Price per acre: $86,700
    • Located on Hwy 41, along the east side of the Des Plaines River.
    • • Bordered on the north, west & east by Forest Preserve property and to the south by Route 41. • Allows for the elimination of an in-holding and improves District boundaries. • Provides excellent access for river management and trail maintenance. • Potential canoe launch in the future.
    • • Land purchase totaling approximately 30 acres. • Protects 900 ft of frontage along Almond Rd. Purchase price: $1.95 million Price per acre: $65,000
    • Located south of Route 120 on the east side of Almond Road
    • • Liberty Prairie Reserve is a nationally recognized public-private partnership in land conservation. • A continuous effort of residents and organizations working together to preserve open space for people and wildlife. • Approximately 3400 acres have been protected within the Reserve.
    • Other Properties, Currently Owned Current Forest Globe-Getz Owned or Preserve Forest Protected Preserve Easements Property by Easements Properties
    • Rollins Savanna Marl Flat Almond Marsh Singing Hills Independence Grove DPR Trail Countryside Lakewood
    • • Allows for the protection of an ADID wetland and oak-hickory woodland. • Assists in the preservation of the beautiful, rural and scenic character of Almond Rd. • Allows for management of a small vernal pool which eventually flows under Almond Road and drains into Almond Marsh Forest Preserve.
    • • Allows for protection of a high quality sedge meadow and hemi marsh habitat. • Excellent opportunity for restoration of oak- hickory woodland. • An important piece in the much larger matrix of preserved habitat and farmland within Liberty Prairie Reserve.
    • • Recreational Leases for the District to operate and maintain multiuse public trails on the Com Ed right-of-way. • Leases total 36.5 acres.
    • A combination of 4 land purchases come together forming a New Preserve in Antioch & Newport Township: 747.7-acres Prairie Stream addition: 26-acre • Total purchase price: $32.6 Million • Average Price per acre: $42,134
    • Located south of State Line Rd from Route 45 to Crawford Rd and south of Edwards Rd
    • 2000
    • 2000 2010 2008 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2336.7Acres 1533.9 1241.5 1234.7 Acres 1012.8 Acres 1165.9 830.6 827 Acres 351.5
    • •Land purchase totaling approximately 186 acres. • Potential wetland restoration area. •Significant trail and recreational uses possible. Purchase price: $7.4 million Price per acre: $39,784
    • •Land purchase totaling approximately 36.7 acres. • Allows for protection and expansion of oak woodland •Opportunity to create wetland communities. Purchase price: $1.174 million Price per acre: $32,000
    • •Land purchase totaling approximately 541 acres. •New Preserve: 515 acres •Prairie Stream addition: 26 acres Purchase price: $23.5 million Approximate Price per acre: $43,438
    • •Land purchase totaling approximately 10 acres. • Heavily wooded due to participation in IDNR forestry program. •Directly west of Pine Dunes across Crawford Rd. Purchase price: $525,000 Price per acre: $52,500
    • • Acquisition will provide nesting and foraging areas for bird, reptile and amphibian species that require large wetland and grassland areas . • Opportunity to recreate large scale wetland communities. • Provides additional buffer and restoration areas for nearby Red Wing Slough Natural Area.
    • Pine Dunes Prairie Stream
    • • Potential for extensive trail systems including small loops and long distance trail connections to Raven Glen and Ethel’s Woods forest preserves. • Possible equestrian trails with connections to Pine Dunes and Prairie Stream forest preserves. • Excellent high viewing points for possible overlooks and birding opportunities.
    • • Protection and restoration of a 1 mile segment of Dutch Gap Canal from the Wisconsin border to Edwards Rd, plus an additional .25 mile south. • This area is identified as a Conservation Opportunity Area” by the IDNR Fish & Wildlife Action Plan, which determines long term funding opportunities. • This area is also identified by Chicago Wilderness as a critical area for wetland restoration.