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DU looking for conservation-minded buyer for “Duckland” property

August 13, 2011 at 08:29 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

Illinois Ducks Unlimited is selling more than 230 acres of protected wetlands adjacent to the Sanganois State Fish and Wildlife Area near Chandlerville in hopes of reinvesting the proceeds in its next land protection effort.

DU already has facilitated the transfer of more than 450 acres in and around Sanganois known as Pluckeman’s Slough to DNR in recent years, but the agency was not interested in adding another parcel right now, said Eric Schenck, regional biologist with Illinois Ducks Unlimited.

The 236-acre property along the Illinois River on the south end of Treadway Lake is locally known as “Duckland.”

Duckland is located about 2 ½ miles downriver from Browning and is only accessible by boat.

“We are going to sell it to hopefully some conservation buyers and use the money to go back into another land acquisition project,” he said.

Most of the property is a shallow backwater lake with wetlands and a small amount of floodplain forest.

Schenck said a conservation easement is to be placed on the property at closing to protect it from being divided into smaller parcels and to prevent further development beyond a rudimentary hunting shelter.

“It needs to stay as a wild area, in a more or less natural undeveloped state,” Schenck said. “Forever wild is how I would describe it.

He says wetlands in the Sanganois area are some of the last examples of wilderness in central Illinois.

“It is one of the largest areas of undeveloped land in central Illinois,” Schenck said. “Outside of southern Illinois and the Shawnee Hills, this is the closest thing we see to wilderness in central Illinois.”


An Internet auction opens Aug. 22 and closes Sept. 22.

The winning bid will become the opening bid via telephone in a live auction conducted by Mossy Oak Realty.

The live auction will be held in Browning.

Call Schenck with questions at (309) 647-5651.

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Wait a minute. The DNR turned down the porperty because they are not interested in adding another parcel?

Posted by illin on 08/14 at 01:18 PM

It’s probably not that DNR wasn’t interested, it’s that DU would expect to be paid and DNR doesn’t have ANY money.  They can’t hire staff to manage the sites they already have.  However, should DU want to buy a plush suite of offices in Chicago, I am sure quinn would place a whole covey of $100,000 deputy directors, chiefs of staff, etc, to fill those vacant offices.

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