The Forest Preserve District of Kane County added two adjacent properties in the summer of 2006 located in Blackberry Township totaling 224 acres. One formerly known as the Kaneland Sand & Gravel property abuts the other property featuring high quality kame and fen and will together be known as the Grunwald Farm Forest Preserve.
The Grunwald Farm Forest Preserve will become a new recreational area transforming raw pieces of land into small boating, fishing and hiking areas. The existing adjacent land already includes oak hickory woodlands. This acquisitions represents one of the fastest turnarounds in terms of negotiation, purchase and opening to the public - all within one year.