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Forest Preserves Acquires Horizon Farms

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Four hundred-acre property is Forest Preserves’ largest single acquisition since 1968.

In early May, a judge approved the Forest Preserves’ purchase of Horizon Farms, a 397-acre equestrian estate in the far northwest suburb of Barrington Hills. The purchase was the Forest Preserves’ largest single acquisition since 1968, and brings our total acreage to 69,123. 

“For 100 years, the mission of the Forest Preserves has been to protect open space in Cook County for the benefit of all our residents,” Forest Preserves General Superintendent Arnold Randall said. “This parcel of land was identified as highly desirable in our most recent land acquisition plan, for its large tracts of open space, wetlands and native bird habitat, as well as its proximity to Spring Creek and Crabtree Preserves. Because the property had been in foreclosure proceedings for a number of years, this opportunity was financially within reach as well.”

“We are excited to acquire this property and make it available as a resource for all of our residents,” said Randall. “Like many other forest preserves, we anticipate this large parcel will offer opportunities for hiking, horseback riding and simply enjoying nature. We believe there will be opportunities to restore additional habitat for wildlife such as grassland birds. We’ll also be taking into account the site’s equestrian history, its existing infrastructure, and other equestrian facilities in the area as we decide what additional role horses may play.”

Though the property is not yet open to the public, the Forest Preserves is already beginning the process of creating a plan—and we hope you’ll join us.