A 162-acre piece of rural St. Charles property is now in the hands of the forest preserve.
This week, the Forest Preserve District of Kane County picked up two large parcels of land for a total of more than $4 million.
The former Swanson farm, which is about 162.6 acres at 6N327 Route 25, was bought from Oliver Hoffmann Corp. for about $3 million on Nov. 2.
On Nov. 1, the District closed on a 93.9-acre addition to the Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve on Russell Road in Elgin. The deal cost about $1.1 million.
“It’s great to have an expansion of Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve," said Drew Ullberg, Forest Preserve director of natural resources, in a media release. "This is a preserve where we’ve done a lot of restoration work already, to reestablish the prairie and wetland. Adding to it will make for a greater habitat for wildlife,” he said.
The buys are the fourth and fifth investments made with money from the $30 million referendum fund approved in April. About $12.2 million has been spent so far.