The Land Conservation Foundation (LCF) held a reception Dec. 12 at the Urbana Country Club to recognize donors who made generous in-kind or cash donations to the non-profit organization. LCF also celebrated the successful acquisition of a 108-acre floodplain forest along the Sangamon River in Piatt County.
LCF has raised more than $160,000 in private donation and received a $455,000 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to purchase and permanently conserve the land.
This acquisition will connect Allerton Park and Illinois Department of Natural Resources holdings to land owned by the City of Monticello in the Sangamon River Corridor. LCF plans to reforest 59 acres of the land in order to provide wildlife habitat and protect the recharge of the Mahomet Aquifer. LCF also plans to develop a trail system and open the land to the public for outdoor education and recreation.
"We've just reached a major milestone with this acquisition," said Bruce Hannon, president of LCF. "We can now ensure the long-term environmental integrity of another mile of the Sangamon River and protect 108-acres of forest habitat along its banks for wildlife."
LCF is a nonprofit organizations that actively works to conserve land and to protect natural resources by purchasing land from willing sellers or hold conservation easements.
To learn more about how to assist LCF's conservation efforts, contact Bruce Hannon at firstname.lastname@example.org or Terre Zeigler at email@example.com. For more information about The Land Conservation Foundation, visit http://www.landconservationfoundation.org.