PRESERVING NATURAL AREAS
for PEOPLE, for WILDLIFE,
Charlotte & Dan Brady Woods Nature Preserve
In January, the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission approved dedication of our Brady Woods property in western Champaign County as a Nature Preserve, giving it the greatest protection land can be granted in Illinois. LCF thanks Charlotte and Dan Brady for donating this beautiful 20-acre floodplain forest.
Thank You to Our
Mouth of Jordan Donors
On behalf of the LCF Board of Directors, I want to thank the many generous donors who helped LCF complete the acquisition of this special natural area. LCF also wants to thank the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation for awarding LCF a land acquisition grant. It is only with this support that LCF can protect lands such as this in perpetuity! Thank you! — J. Steven Beckett, President
Kids Page Celebrates Mudpuppies and More
Our popular Mudpuppy Festival is on hold this year, but we still honor the Sangamon River's coolest creature! The city of Monticello proclaimed Saturday, January 30, as Mudpuppy Day. To celebrate, our new Kids page offers fun family activities, including Scavenger Hunt Bingo for our Bruce Hannon Levee Trail, and a beautiful coloring book, Mandy's Prairie Home.
Improves Levee Trail
A 60-foot-long weir on the Bruce Hannon Levee Trail will help water levels on either side equalize more quickly, reducing erosion damage and the need for repairs. Allowing flood waters to cross the levee is key to our 59-acre floodplain forest restoration project at the Sangamon River Corridor Reserve.
Boost Your "Outdoorphins"
Similar to the boost we get from endorphins, research confirms the uplifting effect — the "outdoorphins" — we get from visiting natural places. So get outside! Take your camera along and photograph whatever inspires you! Post photos on your social media of choice with hashtag #LCFnature. This way, we can search and share photos!
This summer, enjoy our trails on your own! Then watch here, on Facebook, and in our e-newsletters for news of special activities coming in the fall.