BACT Supports Tower Lakes in Green Initiatives.

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Rain GardenBarrington Area Conservation Trust applauds the community of Tower Lakes in their efforts to be a truly green community.  BACT was present at Tower Lakes’ second annual Eco Day where they joined other conservation-minded organizations in support of Tower Lakes’ sustainable decision-making.
BACT Executive Director, Lisa Woolford, was the keynote speaker at this years’ event.  Woolford talked about the ways the Conservation Trust has supported Tower Lakes over the years. (Click here to view the presentation slides.)
In 2012, BACT contributed $200,000 to help purchase a 15.5 acre oak woodland located off Route 59 in Tower Lakes.  While the Village of Tower Lakes and Cuba Township co-own the property, BACT holds a conservation easement on the land that will protect it in its current natural state forever.
BACT founded the Tower Lake Drain Watershed Partnership in order to support efforts to improve water quality in this area.  Through its Conservation@Home program, BACT has visited dozens of homes in the Tower Lakes community assisting individual landowners with sustainable options for their own backyards.
BACT continues to support the Tower Lakes community, as well as the communities in the greater Barrington area, to preserve our community’s rare and exceptional open spaces for current and future generations.White pelicans

 

Summer Habitat Restoration Intern Update

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2016InternsWk1Last week was the first week of the BACT Summer Habitat Restoration Internship.
Two interns participated in the program where they learned about habitat restoration at BACT owned Pederson Preserve and Far Field Preserve.  They also participated in stream monitoring at Pederson Preserve.
Both students were asked to complete a questionnaire prior to and after the week program to help the program coordinator, Susan Lenz, gauge program effectiveness.  At the end of each day, Susan also asked the students to complete a “reflection log”, answering a few brief questions on what was learned that day.
The development of future stewards through the internship opportunity is evident by the comments Susan read in their reflection logs.

Volunteer Orientation Meeting

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We have had a wonderful response to our Volunteer Kick-off meetings and are excited to offer another opportunity to join us and get a brief background of the organization along with ways you can join as a volunteer.

Come alone or bring a friend on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

We can not fulfill our mission to preserve our community’s rare and unique open spaces for current and future generations without the help of community member like you!

Students:  This is a great opportunity to earn volunteer hours.

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2016 Annual Concert for Conservation

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Save the date for BACT’s 5th annual fundraising event, Concert for Conservation, to take place on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

 

This years’ concert venue is at yet another exquisite Barrington Hills estate, Rolling Oaks Farm.  Pack a delectable picnic to enjoy while relaxing in the ambiance of live music with family and friends.

Tickets $75 per person.
Click here for group pricing and sponsorship opportunity information.
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Oaktober Event

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To raise awareness for the Illinois state tree, Governor Bruce Rauner has designated October as Oaktober, Oak Awareness Month.

To participate in and celebrate these majestic trees, BACT will host our annual oak photo contest in October.  Our contest will have three categories:  tree size, classic beauty and personal story.

Category winners will be announced on October 8 at the BACT Oaktober Fest.

Look for more information and a submission form coming soon.

In the meantime…start thinking about a mighty oak that is special to you!

Inspiration from speaker, Chad Pregracke

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BACT hosted speaker,   Chad Pregracke, at the 2016 Annual Gathering on Tuesday, April 26 in the ballroom at Barrington’s White House.

Annual GatheringBoys&DaveChad was a perfect fit for the gathering, whose theme was water and the connectedness we all share through our waterways, as his story mirrors the journey BACT has begun with the high school students in our area.  Chad recognized the impact of the BACT Conservation@School program with Barrington High School as an integral way to educate the students on the health of our local streams and inspire students to become more aware and active in local conservation efforts.  As students are being introduced to the life teeming inside Flint Creek on the BHS campus, the effects of the creek on our local watershed, and sharing in clean-up efforts in and along the creek, an environmental ethic is being cultivated in these students.

Chad Pregracke, President and Founder of Living Lands & Waters (LL&W) and 2013 CNN Hero of the Year, led a room full of BACT guests on his personal journey full of challenges and adventures which started as a young adult living on a garbage filled Mississippi River to his current and ongoing efforts to clean this and other rivers’ trash.    Chad’s enthusiasm and perseverance was infectious as he recounted, through a captivating, genuine, and oftentimes humorous presentation, his experiences growing up on the banks of the Mississippi River and the formation of his non-profit river cleanup organization, LL&W.

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What do we do?

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Preserving open space and the vital natural resources that impact the entire region is an important part of the work we do at Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT).

Through coWork Day Group Apr 2015-1nservation easements, heritage corridors, and community focused programs BACT works to protect our rural heritage and the environmental health of our entire region.

Did you know that the Barrington area lies in the Upper Fox River watershed?  This means that most of the rainwater that falls in our area flows into the Fox River.  From there, water flows west and south into the Illinois River, then into the Mississippi River and finally, into the Gulf of Mexico.   As you can see, what enters our water from our land impacts many.  Through water we are all connected.

BACT is acting to address the growing concern about our local and global water resources by offering support in your yard, in our community, and in the classroom.

The Conservation@Home, Conservation@Work, and Conservation@School programs bring education and tools to area residents, employees, and students to help apply conservation principles to their own landscapes.

Interested in joining our efforts?  Sign up for an upcoming work day, plan to attend an event, or make a financial donation.

Together we can continue the important work of protecting the open space heritage of our community and our region and positively impact the environment.

 

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