Guest Column: Formation of Atten’s Landing in Pecatonica under way

The funding for the first phase of this project was provided by Ducks Unlimited. The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) provided funding for two 12-foot-by-12-foot ADA fishing piers, which will be constructed this winter. The NWTF works in cooperation with the Wounded Warrior Program to provide access to nature for the disabled. (Photo provided)

By Roger Schamberger
Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation

PECATONICA, Ill. — The Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation (FPRF) are taking advantage of the milder weather and started moving dirt for the formation of a 2- to 3-acre wetland at Atten’s Landing, 862 N. Farwell Bridge, Pecatonica, Ill.

Fischer Excavating of Freeport, Ill., provided the earth-moving equipment for the initial step in landing development. Area heavy equipment operators have volunteered to move the dirt. Work will continue through next week, weather pending.

The funding for the first phase of this project was provided by Ducks Unlimited. The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) provided funding for two 12-foot-by-12-foot ADA fishing piers, which will be constructed this winter. The NWTF works in cooperation with the Wounded Warrior Program to provide access to nature for the disabled.

Support for the Atten’s Landing project has been tremendous. Support has come from major corporations, national organizations, The National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, local neighbors, area businesses, FPRF members and friends. We certainly cannot forget the extremely generous support and thoughtfulness of Chuck and Marion Atten for the donation of this property.

Mr. & Mrs. Atten visited the McNeil’s Damascus Landing near Lena, Ill., and thought their property would make an ideal location for access to the Pecatonica River on the eastern boundary of Stephenson County. Neighbors near Atten’s Landing have provided equipment and labor in clearing brush and debris. Plans are being made to include a “dry hydrant” for local fire departments use. Access to water is critical during a major fire, and this would provide yet another asset for this landing.

Atten’s Landing will provide easy access to the Pecatonica River on Farwell Bridge Road.

The FPRF is working to maintain all 58 miles of the Pecatonica River in Stephenson County. Several other landings have received generous support from the FPRF. It is the goal of FPRF to provide a means of ingress and egress approximately every 6 to 8 miles on the Pecatonica River. Several other communities are interested in developing access to the Pecatonica River. The FPRF welcomes donations in support of this project, river maintenance and development.

Donations to the FPRF are tax deductible. The FPRF is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Donations may be sent to: Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation, c/o Lee Butler, Treasurer, 1550 Woodside Drive, Freeport, IL 61032.

Our organization is growing, and we welcome you as a member.

Note: The next monthly meeting of the FPRF will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20, at The Rafter’s Restaurant, 9426 W. Wagner Road, Lena, Ill., in the café dining room.

From the Dec. 12-18, 2012, issue

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