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Forest Preserve Land Purchases and Donation

Lake County Forest Preserve Board of Commissioners added 81.43 acres to existing Forest Preserves by approving two land purchases and accepting a land donation at their June meeting.

Des Plaines River Greenway Additions

The Forest Board approved the purchase of 16.47 acres in the Villages of Mettawa and Libertyville for $10,000 per acre totaling approximately $164,700.  Known as the MacArthur Property, this addition to the Des Plaines River Greenway includes several types of high quality natural woodlands located along the Des Plaines River between MacArthur Woods and Old School Forest Preserves.

Acceptance of  a 22.5-acre land donation that will make another addition to the Des Plaines River Greenway also was approved by Forest Preserve Commissioners. Indian Creek Investors, Inc., will donate the property located in the Village of Lincolnshire near the intersection of Half Day Road (Route 22) and Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21), as required in conjunction with regulatory approval of a commercial development on adjoining property. The property donor also will pay for restoration and mitigation of wetlands and uplands on the site. The land is located along the existing route of the Des Plaines River Trail and adjacent to the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort.

Heron Creek Addition

In Ela Township near the Village of Long Grove, a 42.46-acre addition to Heron Creek Forest Preserve was approved at a cost not to exceed $3,624,570.  The purchase will enlarge Heron Creek to 143 acres from its current 101 acres. The additional space will enhance the design of new trails, picnic shelters and other public facilities being planned for the preserve. Heron Creek is located south of Route 22 and west of Old McHenry Road. The Heron Creek purchase fulfills Forest Preserve land acquisition goals of protecting wildlife habitat; preserving native wetlands, woodlands and prairies; providing recreational sites; protecting water quality; providing flood control protection; and providing trail opportunities.

“This is one of the last remaining opportunities in south-central Lake County to add to an existing Forest Preserve.  We had to act quickly to preserve this land while it was still available,” said Bonnie Thomson Carter, President of the Lake County Forest Preserves. “It’s a great addition because it will allow us to offer better trails and facilities for people to enjoy in the future.”

The two land purchases and one land donation approved in June increase the number of acquisitions made using funds from the successful, voter-approved November 2000 referendum to 45.

About the Lake County Forest Preserves

We currently manage over 25,000 acres of land and offer innovative educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for all ages. Visitors enjoy nearly 124 miles of trails for a variety of outdoor recreation uses, fishing, boating and other public access to many rivers and lakes, award-winning nature and history education programs and events, and three public golf courses.

For a program calendar or additional information about your Lake County Forest Preserves, call 847-367-6640 and request a free copy of the Horizons quarterly newsletter or visit us on-line.

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Media Contact: Tom Hahn, Executive Director ,, 847-968-3338
News release date: June 16, 2006