New Forest Preserve in Winnebago County

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Norman Jensen of Rockford, who passed away in 2002, specified in his will that his estate be used to purchase wetlands for the Forest Preserve District.

The funds were entrusted to the Natural Land Institute to purchase the property, and then transfer it to the Preserve District.

The 112-acre site in Rockton includes more than one mile of river frontage.

The National Land Institute has been interested in preserving the site's prairie and wetlands since 1978.