SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County Forest Preserve district is about to get a little bit bigger.
Pending approval from DeKalb County Forest Preserve District commissioners, the district will buy
142 acres adjacent to northern Kirkland. Another 10 acres of the parcel will be donated.
The cost to the district will be about $1.1 million, but county preserve Superintendent Terry Hannan said some of the land will be leased out to farmers, and a portion will be eligible for wetland grant money from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He said the preserve is getting a good deal.
“It’s favorable to what local land is appraising for,” Hannan said. He said the preserve is buying the land at about $7,700 an acre, whereas nearby land is going for about $8,250 an acre.
Hannan said there are other arrangements through which forest preserve property is leased to farmers.
Hannan told the DeKalb County Board Executive Committee on Wednesday that the land acquisition had to meet several criteria, including that it was a willing seller and adjacent to an existing forest preserve property.
“It was positive in all areas,” Hannan said.
The land, which according to county property records is owned by the Joan Stigliani Trust, is bordered on the west and south of the Potowatomi preserve. The new land is at the corner of Kirkland Road and the entrance to the forest preserve.
The Potowatomi preserve is one of the largest preserves within the system. It has 300 acres that border the Kishwaukee River, with equestrian trails, both paved and grass hiking trails, a lookout tower, shelters, picnic areas and canoe launches.
Most of the preserve is in a floodplain.
It also borders the MacQueen Preserve.
The county preserve commissioners, made up of County Board members, will vote on the resolution finalizing the sale at their Wednesday meeting.