Horizon Farms Update

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Released today by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County is the following update on Horizon Farms.Horizon farms sign

 June 2015: A major portion of Horizon Farm is now open to the public for hiking, biking and riding on both paved and mowed trails. Parking for vehicles and horse trailers is available through the entrance on the west side of the site off Old Sutton Road. The public may also ride or walk in on the bridle trail on the east side of the site off of Trader’s Estate road. Trails at Horizon Farm connect to trails in the Spring Creek Preserve west of Old Sutton Road. Most of the southern portion of the site remains closed to the public while the Forest Preserves continues to assess the condition of buildings and explore potential uses of the property.  Click here to visit the site map.  

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2015 Annual Concert for Conservation

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Summer of Love  Bact’s 2015 Annual Concert for Conservation.

VolunteersTickets are available for Saturday, August 29th from 3 p.m. until 7   p.m.  for our annual Concert for Conservation to benefit our mission to preserve open lands, natural resources, equestrian character, and scenic beauty for the Barrington communities.

We will meet at a private Barrington Hills estate and relax to the sounds of Velocity, a 7-piece band sponsored by Northern Trust, that is sure to bring a dynamic and high energy performance to our outdoor concert.  This year’s Summer of Love theme will bring us back to the lazy summer days of the groovy mid 1960’s where free spirits let the grass tickle their toes and the sun kiss their shoulders.  Pack a picnic including your favorite foods, cocktails, soft drinks and water along with your blankets, lawn chairs and Ravinia tables and share this afternoon with loved ones at our unique outdoor concert fundraiser.

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Native Plants Available Through Fall

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Purchase your native plants through Barrington Area Conservation Trust this year!  Your purchase supports environmentally friendly practices in your yard and supports the work of BACT.  Members receive a 20% discount.  Not a member?  Click here to become a member today!

Check out our RainGarden Kit and Shoreline Stabilization Kit.  These kits are full of plants that will help you create a solution for trouble areas.  Contact us for a Conservation@ Home visit and receive helpful information on creating and maintaining conservation focused practices in your yard.

Rain Garden Kits include plants to be used in a low spot to catch storm water inhibiting run off.

 

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Shoreline Stabilization Kits include plants to be used along a shoreline inhibiting shoreline erosion and helping to filter water as it runs into a lake or stream.

Oak contest celebrates those who preserve oaks

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Do you have an oak tree with a story?

Great Oak 2015 PowellThe Great Oaks of Barrington Contest will take place again in 2016, and we’re looking forward to entries big and small. Please watch our website for details..

Here are a just a few of the stories people shared with us for the 2015 Great Oaks of Barrington Contest:

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International coyote expert shares fascinating findings

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The impact of coyotes on an urban landscape, and the implications for people, pets, and other wildlife was discussed during a fascinating presentation led by international coyote expert Dr. Stanley D. Gehrt on Thusday, May 14.

Guests were able to enjoy the ambience of the upstairs room at McGonigal’s Pub while Dr. Gehrt shared information compiled from years of research as Principal Investigator of the Cook County Coyote Project since 2000.  As Chair of Research at Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation and Associate Professor & Wildlife Extension Specialist at the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University, Dr. Gehrt has an arsenal of engaging facts and touching personal stories of these members of the Canidae family.  Dr. Gehrt refers to coyotes affectionately as Ghost Dogs because although we see some of them trot across our yards, the majority (approximately 95%) are not usually seen during the day by humans.

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