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Forest Preserve District nears end of land purchases

Updated: March 18, 2013 6:51AM



The Will County Forest Preserve District is winding down its massive land acquisition campaign, which was funded by two successful referendums in 1999 and 2005.

About $13.5 million of the $165 million fund is left, but there are still acquisitions to be had.

At Thursday’s meeting, board members agreed to seek a .43-acre parcel that would allow the district to expand Teale Woods Preserve, which is on Broadway in Joliet, south of Theodore Street and east of Center Street. The acquisition would expand the existing preserve to provide parking and a possible trailhead for Joliet’s Broadway Greenway.

Also Thursday the board voted to:

Seek the acquisition of 45 acres to expand the Plum Valley Ravines Preserve in Crete Township. The acquisition would allow the district to provide increased public access, a trailhead and parking.

Pay about $490,000 ($23,507 an acre for 21 acres) in the Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve in Crete Township to settle an eminent domain court case. The parcel contains 5.4 acres of wetlands in lake form and heavily wooded habitat.

District Executive Director Marcy DeMauro said the acquisition will fill in a preserve gap and give the district ownership of an entire lake instead of half of a lake.



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