August 14, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: Alberto Moriondo, Chairman, CFC Land Preservation Committee. 847.877.6886
Citizens for Conservation Expands Flint Creek Savanna, Acquires Three Remaining Lots of Foley Court Subdivision
LAKE BARRINGTON, IL – Citizens for Conservation (CFC), one of the oldest and most successful volunteer conservation groups in Illinois, today 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 Cuba Township 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.
About Citizens for Conservation: Citizens for Conservation has been a leading environmental steward in the Barrington area for the last forty years. Incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1971, CFC acquires and receives donations of land for preservation and restoration while also providing both adult and children’s education to local communities. Its cutting-edge restorations provide habitat for threatened species of plants and animals such as the sandhill crane, and its educational outreach provides residents with programs about native plants, water conservation, pollinators, coyotes, deer, and other subjects of local interest. Each day CFC volunteers live the organization’s mission of “Saving Living Space for Living Things through protection, restoration and stewardship of land, conservation of natural resources and education.” For more information please visit www.citizensforconservation.org