Nearly ten years after JDCF purchased the original 85-acre Casper Bluff Preserve, we are thrilled to announce the acquisition of 21 acres that will be managed as a new addition to Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve. Funding for the purchase of this property was generously provided by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, the Grand Victoria Foundation, and Google Inc.
This new addition will be restored to native prairie and savanna habitats in partnership with the Northwest Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts, who will be donating native prairie seed for the restoration. The future prairie and savanna restorations will provide critical grassland habitat for a dozen bird species “in greatest need of conservation” and expand on the 46 acres of prairie and oak savanna habitats have been already been restored in the nine years since JDCF’s acquisition of the original Casper Bluff. Stay tuned as this project moves forward.