The forest preserves of Winnebago County will be adding to their list of properties, with new land right on the rock river.
They were awarded a $501,000 check from the Illinois Clean Energy Coalition. They’ll use it to restore almost 170 acres on the river in the southern part of the county. Officials say the new preserve is unique, including 60-foot limestone cliffs. Tom Hartley, Director of Land and Development said, “There are limestone cliffs along the river, that are a good 50 to 60 feet high. That’s a pretty unique habitat for the Rock River in this county, so we hope to be able to restore that.”
The new preserve is planned to be open to the public by next summer.