Support the Conservation Easement Incentive Act

Conservation easements save land

The Conservation Easement Incentive Act will encourage more people to save land

On July 17, 2014 the US House of Representatives passed the “America Gives More Act” (HR 4719) which includes the “Conservation Easement Incentive Act” (HR 2807), providing permanent tax deductions for conservation easements. The Conservation Easement Incentive Act needs your support to pass in the Senate. Contact Senator Dick Durbin (202) 224-2152 or www.durban.senate.gov and Mark Kirk (202) 224-2854 or www.kirk.senate.gov to vote “yes” for this important legislation.

With the Conservation Easement Incentive Act:

+ the maximum deduction a donor can take for donating a conservation easement will rise from 30% of their adjusted gross income (AGI) to 50% Read More »

BACT | Concert for Conservation fundraiser

Saturday, August 30, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Summertime Swing PromoJoin us for a beautiful evening of upbeat swing music in the Barrington countryside! Concert for Conservation Summertime Swing offers a unique opportunity to enjoy great music and camaraderie in a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue while supporting the valuable work of Barrington Area Conservation Trust.

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New Chapter for Horizon Farms

20140603_085614 (1)Although our role as co-holders of the conservation easement protecting Horizon Farms has not changed, the BACT looks forward to working with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC) on the future of Horizon Farms.

Since 2003, Barrington Hills’ Horizon Farms has been protected by a legally binding, site-specific conservation easement co-held by Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT) and The Conservation Foundation (TCF). Conservation easements are documents specifically crafted to preserve land in perpetuity as open space. While Horizon Farms is currently undergoing a transition from private ownership to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC), the conservation easement remains unchanged.
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Growing & flourishing

A message from Lisa Woolford, Executive Director

Thank you for caring about the natural world and the future of this precious resource in our region. Serving as BLisa at EDWDACT’s director of land preservation for the past three years, I have appreciated the opportunities I’ve had to preserve everything from a rare gravel hill prairie and fen wetland to the picturesque country roads, horse trails, and waterways that are so vital to our quality of life.  Read More »