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Donation Expands Stone Bridge Forest Preserve

StoneBridgeRoscoe Township has donated 21 acres of property to the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District to be added to the Stone Bridge Forest Preserve. The recent donation raises the total preserve acreage to 127.5.  The donated property was planted to prairie by the township and will be maintained as a natural area by the Forest Preserve District. The new addition will enhance access to the forest preserve and to the Stone Bridge Trail. Roscoe Township’s donation of this critical piece of land is just one chapter in a long story of cooperation and partnership that has created this forest preserve.

The original Stone Bridge land acquisitions by the Forest Preserve District and the Natural Land Institute took place in in 2007, through collaboration among several public and private entities including: The Trust for Public Land, the Natural Land Institute, the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District, Roscoe Township, and the  Village of Roscoe with funds provided by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, Grand Victoria Foundation and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources C-2000.

In 2010 the Forest Preserve District purchased an additional 10.5 acres with more funding help from Illinois Clean Energy, and later that year the Natural Land Institute donated their 61 acres south of the creek to the Forest Preserve.

 

The Forest Preserve District’s land acquisition priority is to connect and expand existing preserves to protect sensitive wildlife habitat and critical natural resources, such as the rare oak savanna and pristine Kinnikinnick Creek on this property. Roscoe Township’s support of the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District’s mission by providing a valuable expansion to an ecologically sensitive property is a continuation of preserve’s history of innovative partnerships.