When Dan Basore went looking for a piece of property he never thought he would find a piece of heaven! He was looking for a peaceful nature retreat – and did he ever find it. His wooded property is located on the east side of Herrick Rd south of Butterfield in Wheaton and includes a serene pond, an important resting spot for migrating waterfowl. Some years ago Dan came to The Conservation Foundation seeking help when he received a letter from the DuPage Forest Preserve. The letter stated that the Forest Preserve wanted to purchase his property to expand Herrick Lake Forest Preserve. At that time, Bill Davis was able to negotiate a deal where the Forest Preserve purchased the property but Dan Basore is still able to live there. Dan does a good job of maintaining the property, although he has the usual problem battling buckthorn and honeysuckle that plagues many homeowners in our area. The pond is a great fishing retreat for hundreds of school groups that visit Dan each year.
Dan has built a business from his passion of collecting antique fishing gear, and he was gracious enough to give me a tour of his mini- museum home. Display cases packed with old lures, reel and rods filled the rooms. The assortment was amazing; he displays some of his treasures in places like Bass Pro Shop and other retailers in the area.
As an avid fisherman and outdoor lover it is no wonder he wanted such a quiet retreat to call his home. Dan is working on restoring some of the native plantings to oak woodlands, and he enjoys the wildlife, deer, turkeys and myriad birds that frequent his land. The property is certified as an environmentally-friendly wildlife haven through The Conservation Foundation’s Conservation@Home program.
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