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ONAA aquires 14 acres along the Rock River!

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Ogle Natural Areas Alliance Expands Conservation Efforts with Acquisition of 14-Acre Parcel Along Rock River in Byron

Byron, 12/14/2023 

The Ogle Natural Areas Alliance (ONAA) is pleased to announce the successful acquisition of a 14-acre parcel along the picturesque Rock River, marking a significant milestone in the organization's ongoing commitment to environmental conservation and public land preservation. This acquisition was made possible through the support of an 80% grant, demonstrating the collaborative efforts to protect and enhance our region's natural resources. The recently acquired parcel serves as a vital link, connecting two existing public land parcels owned by the Byron Park District (Johnson Riverfront Park) and Byron Forest Preserve District (Mill Creek Wetland Preserve). This strategic addition not only expands the footprint of protected natural areas but also fosters the creation of a contiguous and accessible space for the public to enjoy. This includes up to 3 miles of hiking trails and nearly 1 mile of Rock River front protection. "The Ogle Natural Areas Alliance is thrilled to announce the successful acquisition of this 14-acre parcel along the Rock River," said Trevor Hogan, President at ONAA. "This accomplishment underscores our dedication to preserving the beauty and biodiversity of our natural landscapes while providing the community with expanded opportunities for recreation and environmental education."

The grant funding, which covered 80% of the acquisition cost, was secured through a collaborative effort between ONAA and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. This partnership exemplifies the importance of public and private entities working together to achieve shared environmental goals and ensure the longevity of our natural heritage. The newly acquired parcel will contribute to the overall health and resilience of the local ecosystem, providing habitats for native flora and fauna, and supporting the broader goals of sustainable land management. Additionally, the connectivity it establishes between existing public land parcels will create a seamless and inviting environment for residents and visitors alike.

As we celebrate this achievement, the Ogle Natural Areas Alliance extends its gratitude to all partners, stakeholders, and community members who have contributed to the success of this project. This collaboration exemplifies the power of collective action in safeguarding our natural treasures for generations to come.

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