Featured Acquisition: Black Crown Marsh is a premier 350-acre wetland site near Moraine Hills S.P. in McHenry County. The marsh provides habitat for 8 endangered or threatened species of wetland dependent birds. This acquisition is a partnership with Corlands/Openlands, Land & Water Conservation Fund and private donation through the Illinois Conservation Foundation.
The Realty Section, within the Division of Realty and Planning, is responsible for the acquisition of land and its interest for the Department's various programs. These programs include: natural areas, wildlife habitat, trails, bike paths, C2000, pheasant habitat, migratory waterfowl areas, and statewide Department purposes. Interest in property are acquired by means of purchase in fee, donations, jurisdictional land transfers, permanent easements, term easements, and legislative transfers. The Section provides appraisal and relocation assistance to the Department's grant programs. It provides major technical assistance to other Offices, Divisions and Sections within the Department related to land issues, such as the State of Illinois Open Space Land Acquisition & Development Grant Program (OSLAD
) and Federal Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant Program (LAWCON or LWCF
Land and Water Report
: Read current and past the Land and Water Reports which outline the land acreage use and relative data for all DNR sites.