PRESERVING NATURAL AREAS
for PEOPLE, for WILDLIFE,
LCF is delighted to announce that, in memory of devoted LCF volunteer Bob Feller, his wife, Theresa, has donated 20 acres to LCF. The newly named Feller Woods sits along the Sangamon River in Piatt County. Watch for details soon, here and in our e-newsletter!
A new video offers an overview of our protected natural areas and our work to maintain them; the diverse animals and plants that live there; and our hiking trails, volunteer activities, and special events. See how our levee trail handles floods, plus lots of great trail-cam wildlife footage. A big thanks to Roger and Cathy Inman, who produced the video, and everyone else involved in the project. Photo: Freshwater mussel survey in the Sangamon River by Roger Inman.
The Meyen family of Clinton has significantly extended the network of trails at Mettler Woods, west of Clinton. A full two miles of trails now lead into more rolling portions of the woodland, including the western area that was damaged by a tornado in 2003. These super volunteers even installed signage! Pictured here, Cassandra Meyen pauses at the start of the Valley Trail. Photo by Melissa Records.
Volunteers got right to work clearing trails at Mouth of Jordan Reserve (pictured here) and Mettler Woods, after high winds felled trees in a late June storm. Some trails at Mettler Woods were re-routed to go around very large trees. Other LCF properties saw less damage. We appreciate the hard work that has our trails open for hiking again! Photo by John Marlin.
Learn what's so unusual about the mudpuppy salamander, and watch our video of a mudpuppy survey in action at the Sangamon River in Allerton Park. Mudpuppies have also been found in LCF's Sangamon River Corridor Reserve. LCF's Mudpuppy Festival celebrates all of the wonderful wildlife and natural lands that LCF is working to protect — especially the unique and fascinating mudpuppy salamander! Photo by Alex Lourash.