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Ducks Unlimited donating land to Illinois

February 18, 2009 at 02:07 PM

Ducks Unlimited is donating the 370-acre Wightman Lake tract to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

IDNR Director Marc Miller accepted the donation on Feb. 21, 2009 on behalf of the agency at the annual Illinois DU state convention in East Peoria.

The donated property is located along the Illinois River approximately 20 miles north of Peoria near the Village of Sparland.  The parcel – known as Wightman Lake – is accessible by Ill. Rt. 29. It has been designated as a waypoint on the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway and will become part of the Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area (SFWA).

“This is a great example of how working together, even in challenging economic times, organizations can make a difference for the environment. I personally want to thank the members and leadership of Ducks Unlimited for their generosity, energy, and continued commitment to conservation,” said IDNR Director Miller.

IDNR also signed a cooperative management agreement with DU for Wightman Lake. During the first three years of the partnership, DU and Marshall SFWA staff will work together to fully establish habitat restoration practices associated with the donation. IDNR will assume full maintenance and management responsibilities at the end of the initial 36 months.

“This donation is an expansion of conservation and recreation opportunities in Illinois and it would not be possible without the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. DU is excited about the future of this partnership and this agency under the leadership of Director Miller and Governor Pat Quinn,” said DU regional biologist Eric Schenck.

Ducks Unlimited originally purchased the 370 acres on the north end of Wightman Lake in December 2004 for $648,000. That included a $350,000 matching grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. Since that time, Ducks Unlimited has invested more than $400,000 in the restoration of wetland and bottomland hardwood habitat with the goal of making Wightman Lake a showcase for wetland conservation. 
 
Wightman Lake will allow the property to be open to the public for compatible recreational and educational purposes, including serving as a newly designated waypoint on the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway. Also, the donation represents one of the very first cooperative conservation achievements between DU and IDNR to be accomplished under the Illinois State Wildlife Action Plan. 
 

 

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