It will be nearly impossible for highways or pipelines to disturb the environment at the Letcher Basin nature preserve in Woodford County. The 172 acres is now an Illinois Land and Water Reserve. Angelo Capparella is with the Parklands Foundation of Bloomington, and helped buy the land through a grant from the Illinois Clean energy Community Foundation 7 years ago. He says the new designation provides protections that would be hard to circumvent:
"It would take an act of the Governor for sure, and maybe even the legislature, I don't know the ins and outs, but I know that never has any land so enrolled been removed form enrollment for that type of purpose."
Capparella says the Letcher Basin is an important part of a broader plan to move toward protection of the Mackinaw River Corridor in Woodford and McLean Counties. He says the designation protects the Mackinaw and providing open space for public recreation. He says the basin's a wonderful place to engage in canoeing, hiking and other outdoor actives. Capparella says Illinois has some of the most stringent protections of designated areas in the US.
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