Salt Fork River/Jordan Creek LCF Land Acquisition
LCF is planning to purchase almost 15 acres at the confluence of the Salt Fork River of the Vermilion River and Jordan Creek both of which are on the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory (INAI). The two tracts are also within two miles of several other INAI sites, a dedicated Illinois Land and Water Reserve and a University of Illinois Research Site. These parcels are indeed a pearl in a string of pearls – and worthy of protection.
Habitat is also provided for endangered mussel species due to its high-water quality, including the Bluebreast Darter, Iowa Darter, Wavy-rayed Lampmussel, River Redhorse, and Mudpuppy. The floodplain and upland forest habitat are intact and have only minimal problems with invasive species.
The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation has awarded a grant to LCF for 80% of the cost of this land or $45,600. LCF needs to raise a total of almost $25,000 to cover the remaining cost of the land, closing costs, and to establish a stewardship fund. If you are interested in protecting this magnificent natural area, please make a donation to LCF to help protect this exquisite natural area.
Improved Approach to LCF’s Levee Trail
Two rows of native bur oak trees will now lead visitors to the Bruce Hannon Levee Trail at LCF’s Sangamon River Corridor Reserve. In late August, the trees were relocated from near the parking lot to create a welcoming allée, pointing hikers toward the first stop on the trail’s hike-app tour.
Just beyond the oaks, a 20-foot-long wooden footbridge will be installed to cover a frequently soggy drainage way. This attractive improvement to trail access is funded by a 2019 Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Amenities Grant.
Thanks to John Burr (pictured above, left), Ted Rund (above, right), and Fran Harty for their work transplanting the trees, and to the City of Monticello for help with watering.
3 to 1 Grant Challenge for Sangamon River Corridor Reserve
LCF is launching a fundraising campaign for stewardship at its Sangamon River Corridor Reserve located in Monticello. The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation has awarded an 18-month Stewardship Challenge grant to LCF! For every one dollar that we raise, up to $7,000, the Foundation will match it with three dollars, resulting in a total of $28,000 to be used for stewardship at the Sangamon River Corridor Reserve in Monticello.
Any additional dollars donated will be used for stewardship at this site and support for LCF. The Foundation will also provide LCF an extra $4,000 when 400 hours of volunteer stewardship work at this site has been completed.
This grant is important in allowing LCF to repair and maintain the levee in order to monitor and protect the 59-acre reforestation project and to keep the recreational Bruce Hannon Levee Trail open. A major flood event in early 2018 caused serious damage to this levee, including severe erosion and washing out a 10-foot gap in the trail, reducing use of the trail for hiking and threatening the reforestation effort. This grant will allow much of this damage to be repaired in a way that will hopefully minimize damage in the future.
Please send your donation to LCF and help us meet this grant challenge! Mail your tax-deductible donation to LCF, 3413 Waterville Court, Champaign 61822 or donate online. Please indicate that your donation is for the Clean Energy Challenge Grant.
App Offers Self-Guided Tour of Levee Trail
An interactive tour of the Bruce Hannon Levee Trail at LCF’s Sangamon River Corridor Reserve is available in the Prairie State Hike App. The app costs 99 cents and is available in your app store. It’s compatible with Apple and Android devices and includes trails all over Illinois, including Allerton Park’s formal gardens. Read more.