We will tour the Crawford County Museum on Sunday afternoon June 29 at 2:00 pm. (If you want to carpool meet at the museum about 1:15) The museum is located in the former Schmidt Clinic 408 S. Cross Street Robinson, Illinois 62454. A $2.00 donation is expected. Everyone is invited. See you there!
Wetlands were once a dominant feature of the Illinois landscape, with an estimated 8.2 million acres in the state. Statewide, wetlands have been reduced by more than 90%. If one excludes floodplain forests (frequently classed as wetlands), the remaining natural wetlands now occupy about 1% of the Illinois landscape.
September 26, 1974 Condemnation Suits Against Land Owners
Eight County and one Crawford County land owners face condemnation suits brought about by the State Department of Conservation which is trying to preserve 920 acres of marsh land in northeast Petty Township and Southern Crawford County.
The purpose of the Chauncey Marsh Project, so named because the area is approximately 4 1/2 miles from that community, is to keep the area in its present state as an example of forests and marsh areas, according to the Conservation Department.
Of the 920 acres, the condemnation suits cover only 325 acres in Lawrence County and 50 in Crawford County. Listed in the suits are
1. Ruth F. Ellis and Alice R Ingalls 80 acres
2. Donald L Kimmel 36 acres
3. Paul D Waggoner and Irene M Waggoner 40 acres
4. Wesley Kimmel and Nellie Kimmel, 4 acres
5. Lloyd V. Jacobs 40 acres
6. Norma J. Longnecker 25.1 acres
7. Anna E Walters 80 acres
8. Lewis H Tharp, Addison H Tharp and Carrie F Goff 20 acres
It is believed that the owners of the remaining number of acres have reached an agreement with the department.
If you Google the Chauncey Marsh Conservation Project you will find that 139+ acres were placed on the National Conservation Easement Registry in July 2012. According to the Red Hill Superintendent who manages the Marsh Area, the prairie grass has been restored, wet land rehabilitation has been completed and now there is on- going maintenance such as removing vegetation and forestry work. The public does have access for walking but not for Off Road Vehicles. Some hunting is permitted in season.
Just in case you are wondering: The General Assembly defines Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ (IDNR) powers and duties in Article 805 of the Civil Administrative Code 20 ILCS 805/805-1 et seq. which provides the framework for IDNR operations. Article 805 states that “the Department has the power to take all measures necessary for the conservation, preservation, distribution, introduction, propagation, and restoration of fish, mussels, frogs, turtles, game, wild animals, wild fowls and birds” (20 ILCS 805-805-100). Section 805-225 authorizes the conservation of natural and scenic areas, and Section 805-225 authorizes the development of recreational areas and facilities.