Citizens for Conservation (CFC), one of the oldest and most successful volunteer conservation groups in Illinois, announced that it is expanding its Flint Creek Savanna property by the acquisition of previously natural land slated for development in Lake Barrington, Illinois.
As a result of the negotiations led by CFC, three buildable lots of the Foley Court subdivision located in are being acquired with a private individual, resulting in a net addition of well over two acres to CFC’s managed preserves. More importantly, the acquisition averts the total development of this subdivision and completes the work started by CFC in 2005 when it acquired one of the then four lots and received as a donation over five acres of adjacent wetlands that created an ecological buffer between the proposed development and CFC’s Flint Creek Savanna preserve.
CFC’s Land Preservation Chairman Alberto Moriondo stated, “We are very pleased to have completed this acquisition that expands our Flint Creek Savanna preserve. When we learned that the three remaining lots of the Foley Court subdivision were about to be sold for development, we rapidly mobilized to try to preserve them. As a result of the ensuing negotiations, CFC gave the other bidding party an option to purchase one of the three lots, thus mitigating CFC’s financial commitment and the extent of the potential development of this subdivision. We see this as a win-win situation for all parties involved.”
Since 2005, CFC has been successful in securing over 50 acres of open space in the Barrington area, both directly and by working with private entities and local governments. With this new addition, CFC now has 376 acres under management and over the past 40 years has helped protect over 3,000 acres in the Barrington Area Council of Governments (BACOG) area. CFC’s Land Preservation Committee believes that current market conditions are very favorable for land preservation and is committed to continuing its programs in the months and years ahead.