Giving thanks on Thanksgiving

Because together we are doing great things


Thank you for supporting the preservation of open lands, natural resources, equestrian character, and scenic beauty in the Barrington communities. Every membership, donation, sponsorship, and volunteer makes a difference that you can see and feel.

Annual Gathering 2014

Bringing Community Together

Members and friends of BACT come together

Members and friends of BACT come together

On Wednesday, November 5, BACT hosted its Annual Members & Friends Gathering to celebrate the Trust’s progress in 2014, share a strategic plan for the next 5 years, and roll out Conservation@Work.


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Onion Pub & Brewery becomes first local business to receive Conservation@Work certification

How one local family is building a sustainable business


The native trees, shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers adorning the parking lot islands of Onion Pub & Brewery only tell part of the story. Meeting with BACT |Barrington Area Conservation Trust Conservation@Work coordinator Beth Adler, Jennifer Kainz shared how the Kainz family is taking positive strides to make a difference in the natural world through habitat restoration, energy conservation, water conservation, recycling, and on-site composting.


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The Garlands welcomes birds & butterflies

Interior designers bring talent outdoors earning Conservation@Work certification for their business


Four years ago, interior design director Ann Pateros together with The Garlands’ assistant interior design coordinator Cindy Baldocchi offered to add landscaping to their arsenal of responsibilities to improve the quality of their members’ lives.

Wanting to bring back the natural wildlife for the enjoyment of their members, Ann and Cindy embraced native landscaping, installing marsh milkweed for monarch butterflies to lay eggs and bluebird houses to welcome their first families of bluebirds this past spring. Read More »

Call your senator today

The Conservation Easement Incentive Act needs your support

Pasture with white fence and Birch treeThe Conservation Easement Incentive Act needs your support to pass in the Senate. Contact Senator Dick Durbin (202) 224-2152 or and Mark Kirk (202) 224-2854 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%

+ qualified farmers and ranchers will be able deduct up to 100% of their AGI Read More »