"18 Acres" Project


Elizabeth C. Bramsen (known as Betsy) recently purchased an 18-acre property in the Village of Wayne and is in placing a Conservation Easement on it as well (Bramsen-Dunham). The land is located at the southwestern corner of Army Trail Road and Dunham Road intersection.  The land also immediately borders and will effectively buffer a section of Norton Creek which is a tributary to the Fox River.  

The property has an important location as it is within a complex of other protected properties including the directly adjacent Village of Wayne Conservation Easement, the Misty Meadow’s Natural Area, the Bramsen-Honey Hill Conservation Easement and the Dunham Forest Preserve.

The purpose of the Easement is to assure that the property will be retained forever predominantly in its scenic and open space condition for use by the general public for outdoor recreation. The land will be returned to a more natural state through the purchasing and planting of native prairie seed and will be available for agricultural and equestrian activities to take place going forward. In the pictures above, a group of volunteers spent time cutting down dead trees, buckthorn, and other invasive brush along the north side of the land.  They also planted close nearly 100 oak trees throughout the land.

This is Betsy’s second significant land donation to the Village of Wayne, in 2016 she placed a Conservation Easement on an approximately 40- acre property along Army Trail Road and adjacent to both the Dunham Forest Preserve and the Dunham Woods Riding Club. 

Betsy and her family are long-time supporters of the Wayne Area Conservancy Foundation.  She grew up in Wayne with her father, Corwith Hamill, her mother Joan Hamill, her brother Jonathan Corwith Hamill, and sister Nancy Corwith Hamill Winter.  Her mother, Joan, founded the Wayne-DuPage Pony Club, was a past Master of the Hounds and was also very prominent in the equestrian community. Betsy is inspired to preserve special places that offer significant environmental benefits where people live and play. 

More Projects and Efforts

  • Assisting in cleaning up the equestrian fields of "un-natural objects"  leftover from horse trials and various horse events

  • Assisting in purging an area taken over by an invasive Pear tree strain

  • Mowing management and control of invasive species at the new Hoschiet Woods Forest Preserve

  • Planting trees in Joan Hamill Field and in the DuPage County Forest Preserve

  • Purchasing and planting seed for the prairie in Dunham Forest Preserve

  • Partnering with the Village of Wayne Park Commission in the habitat restoration and pedestrian/equestrian bridge construction in Barbara Dunham Dole Park

  • Trail development and establishment of new trails

  • Providing hundreds of volunteer hours to mow fields and meadows in cooperation with both the DuPage and Kane County Forest Preserves

  • Purchasing and maintaining trail clearing and mowing equipment

  • Working to control invasive plant species in the area

  • Preservation and maintenance of Historic Buildings in Wayne

  • Sponsorship of the Wayne-DuPage Hunt Pony Club and providing educational and recreational opportunities

  • Construction of the pedestrian and equestrian bridge at Billy Burns Road

  • Maintaining over 100 miles of pedestrian and equestrian trails

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