Conserve Lake County is now conducting in-depth strategic planning. As part of this process, a grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation allows us to work with Conservation Consulting Group of Madison to collect and analyze the data and stories that drive Lake County’s land conservation needs today. We are on track to evaluate the results and determine our best path forward by the end of this summer.
People and nature. That's what Conserve Lake County has always been about.
Since 1995, we have served people like you who care about nature and want to protect and restore the land and water around us. Today, we help people preserve Lake County's precious landscapes. We help people improve the health of the land with land stewardship projects that bring vitality back to prairies, wetlands, and woodlands. We inspire people to care about conservation and are involved in planning and advocacy for nature. And because farming practices affect the health of our ecosystems, we are involved in collaborative efforts to increase local food production and expand sustainable agriculture.
Lake County, Illinois, is a great place to live, work and raise a family. It's home to 700,000 people living in over 50 diverse communities with Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses in historic downtowns. There are wide open spaces, lakes, prairies, parks, and farms, amidst rural hometowns and proud cities.
Lake County also has the richest diversity of native species in the state of Illinois and supports more state-threatened and endangered species than any other county.
If you’re in the market for some new trees this year, please select at least one that is native. What makes a tree native? These are the species that grew in the Chicago region prior to European settlement.
Our Conservation@Home staff has been dreaming of the outdoors and put together this list of ways to get your kids outside for some fun play. Playing outdoors has the great benefit of instilling a love of nature that will last a lifetime!
We're hearing many sad stories about ash trees being lost to the emerald ash borer - and are experiencing it on our own properties. The impact to both the landscape and the bottom line is significant. As you plan for replacements, consider a diversity of natives well-suited to your site. This handy new list will help.