Salt Creek Marsh acquires 24 acres from Forest Preserve district
From its spotted sandpipers to storm water management, DuPage County’s Salt Creek Marsh will soon experience expanded horizons following the Forest Preserve District board of commissioners’ recent approval of a 24-acre donation from a real estate trust.
The area near Wood Dale and Itasca is south of Thorndale Avenue between Wood Dale Road and Prospect Avenue. Transfer of the parcel will incur an approximately $27,000 outlay from the board for transactional costs. The tract consists almost entirely of wetlands, with 95 percent lying in a floodplain.
“We’re thankful for this very generous donation, which will provide additional open space and natural habitat for the benefit of all residents in DuPage County,” Joe Cantore, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County president, said.
Great egrets, spotted sandpipers and great blue herons frequent the marshy area, which also serves an important function for DuPage County storm water control.
“The district will care for this land and make sure it serves the greater good for all residents of the county,” Forest Preserve District Commissioner Marsha Murphy of District 1 said.
Each year, more than 4 million visitors explore the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, which has operated for over a century, with 60 preserves, 145 miles of trails and five education centers.
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