Mouth of Jordan Reserve Expanded to 14 Acres
Thank you to all of the generous donors who made it possible for LCF to acquire a total of 14 acres where Jordan Creek flows into the Salt Fork of the Vermilion River! The initial purchase of 11 acres at the end of January 2020 was funded by a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, plus contributions from generous donors. On June 5, LCF was able to enlarge and enrich the site with the purchase of an additional three acres along the Salt Fork.
This Vermilion County location is on the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory and provides habitat for endangered and rare mussel species. The area has historically been known as "Mouth of Jordan" in association with its role as a popular summer recreation destination. Read more.
Photo by Deanna Glosser
Nature as Retreat
LCF wants to express its support to all donors and members in these difficult times. We can look to nature to help get us through. The current shelter-in-place policy recognizes the importance of hiking and walking in parks and natural places, so get out to your favorite natural area! Birds are migrating and spring wildflowers are emerging; prairie wildflowers will come in late spring and summer.
LCF invites YOU to visit the Bruce Hannon Levee Trail at our Sangamon River Corridor Reserve near Monticello and immerse yourself in a floodplain forest. This trail has become even more popular as we look for ways to refresh ourselves outdoors. LCF's trail at Mettler Woods Nature Preserve near Clinton is also open.
But PLEASE use caution and follow all CDC guidelines, including allowing safe distance between you and others — 6 feet!
Wildlife Videos Now on YouTube
The levee trail wildlife videos you may have enjoyed on LCF’s Facebook page are now highlighted in a YouTube video! It includes 13 amazing animals — baby raccoons, beaver, wild turkey, river otter, and more!
See it on YouTube, share with your friends, or use it as a homeschool exercise! You all will enjoy the beauty and solitude of the Sangamon River corridor.
Click here to subscribe to the "Land Conservation Foundation" YouTube channel so you can receive notices of future videos.
Nature Photo Blitz: Use #LCFnature
Do you like to get outside and take photos of the wonders of nature? If so, LCF encourages you to go to your favorite natural area and take photographs of whatever inspires you!
This is not a photo contest at all! Use whatever camera you have: cell phone, point-and-shoot, or a 35 mm. Just get out and find your inspiration and capture it in a photograph! Post your favorites on your social media of choice using hashtag #LCFnature. Then we can all search and share your photos! We can’t meet in person, but we can share!
Photos by Melissa Records (left) and Elizabeth Otto (right)
Join LCF Today
Please join or renew your membership today to ensure that LCF can continue our vital mission, such as to maintain the Bruce Hannon Levee Trail and to preserve treasured natural areas for future generations — including our newest acquisition, Jordan Creek in Vermilion County. Show your support by becoming a part of what we do!
Founder and Director Bruce Hannon says of LCF, "We are in the ‘perpetuity business’ for those who love nature now, and for the children of the future, whose love of nature we must help them acquire."
Photo by Melissa Records
Levee Trail Improvements
LCF would like to thank the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation for its Amenities & Events grants for providing the funds to install a pedestrian bridge to facilitate getting to the trailhead across a low, wet area. We also want to thank Bob Feller, Fran Harty, the City of Monticello, and other volunteers for their assistance in assembling and installing this bridge.
Through the generosity of anonymous donors, LCF was also able to acquire a large boulder sign to install at the trailhead to make the entrance more visible from a distance. LCF wants to again thank Bob Feller, Fran Harty, the City of Monticello for their assistance in installing this attractive sign.
Photos by Fran Harty