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PRESERVING NATURAL AREAS
for PEOPLE, for WILDLIFE,
FOREVER

in
EAST CENTRAL

ILLINOIS

Mike Hittmeier and friend install the Quentin Rund bench

Bench Donated in Memory
of Quentin Rund

Hikers on LCF’s Bruce Hannon Levee Trail now have a place to take a break mid-hike. In memory of his friend Quentin Rund, Mike Hittmeier of Mansfield, along with members of his family plus friends of Rund, donated and installed a sturdy wood bench. LCF is grateful for this enhancement to the popular 2.3-mile trail. Thanks also go to Jonathon and Michael Norvell, who helped with installation. Pictured: Jonathon Norvell, left, and Mike Hittmeier. Photo provided.

LCF's popular annual Mudpuppy Festival returned on a sunny Sunday, April 3 — official Mudpuppy Day in Monticello, by mayoral proclamation! LCF thanks the hundreds who came to Monarch Events Center for kids' crafts, games, a balloon artist, and more! We're grateful to our sponsors, who made the event possible. It's a fun way for all ages to learn about some fascinating local wildlife and the important work of LCF. 

Mudpuppy with Mayoral Proclamation
Mudpuppy from the Sangamon River, by Alex Lourash

See what's so cool about the mudpuppy salamander, and watch 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.

LCF's New Land
Acquisition Opportunity

LCF has long had a long-term vision of completing a protected Sangamon River corridor in Piatt County. This will require acquiring pieces of the puzzle to complete this vision. We are now pursuing the possibility of acquiring an exciting 16-acre parcel downstream of our Sangamon River Corridor Reserve. We will hopefully have more news to share soon.

Map of Sangamon River in Piatt County
Winter hike on LCF Bruce Hannon Levee Trail

Follow a unique raised trail to the Sangamon River and our floodplain forest restoration. Visit the Sangamon River Corridor Reserve near Monticello.

Floodplain at Sangamon River Corridor Reserve

LCF works to ensure a future with abundant clean water by focusing on rivers, wetlands, and groundwater.

Phoebe bird in east central Illinois

All creatures who share our Illinois home benefit from LCF's work to connect and improve natural lands and waters.

LCF freshwater mussel survey in Sangamon River

LCF offers opportunities to encounter nature nearby, inspiring wonder and a future commitment to preservation.

Coyotes, mink, busy beavers, a bobcat, and a bunch of turkeys! They've all been caught on camera at our Sangamon River Corridor Reserve.

Be part of our promise to preserve natural lands forever.