ComEd helps Mondschine Preserve

DSCN4506 (800x600)On the chilly morning of May 20, a team of energetic volunteers from ComEd came to Mondschine Preserve to learn about garlic mustard and help remove this weed from the oak ravine to restore precious habitat for wildlife. Massive piles of the weed were burned to efficiently remove seeds and dispose of plants.

Everyone left with a great sense of accomplishment since just about every flowering garlic mustard plant had been eradicated from an entire section of the preserve. Next, all participants were encouraged to put their new knowledge to work in their own backyards. Work days reinforce community while accomplishing tasks that would be impossible without many hands. Do you have a business, organization, congregation, or group that would like to make a difference in the natural world? Please contact April(at)bactrust.org or call (847) 387-3149.

Welcome spring with a Conservation@Home visit

Let us help you find the right plants for your yard

sidebar-native-plantsLet’s face it, the snow isn’t going to be around forever and you’re going to have to deal with the spot where nothing seems to grow because it’s too shady, too sunny, or too wet.

Why keep struggling with turf or annuals when you can find native perennials that can blanket that “trouble spot” with beauty season after season, year after year?

Native plants are sustainable plants adapted to the local climate, which provide year round interest and color, and habitat for wildlife, while providing practical assistance with backyard stormwater management.

A Conservation@Home visit allows you to ask questions and get answers to native landscape questions that pertain to your specific needs. A free service to all BACT members, and $25 for non-members, a Conservation@Home visit provides practical solutions to your home landscape conundrums from experienced professional naturalists.

Schedule your visit today by calling Beth Adler at (847) 387-3149.

 

Make a difference at a work day

 

DSC_3024Wed, May 20  8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Mondschine Preserve 

Remove invasive garlic mustard plants from a beautiful oak ravine at Mondschine Preserve, so native wildflowers can return to the area. See what you discover in the woods.. Directions: The metal gate entrance to Mondschine is located just north of 10605 and just south of 10601  Haeger’s Bend Road, south of Chapel Road in Barrington Hills. Feeling lost? Call April at (847) 289-9760.

  • Go to the volunteer tab and complete a waiver form
  • Wear old clothes that can get dirty – long pants, long sleeves (so you don’t get scratched up!), work boots or protective shoes, & insect repellent
  • Bring a refillable water bottle

BHS students & BACT help natural area

Guys with sedge trayOn February 20, seventy-five Barrington High School horticulture students planted over 270 native sedge plugs with horticulture instructor John Ardente, Barrington Area Conservation executive director Lisa Woolford, and naturalist April Anderson.

After attending an “Understanding Habitat Restoration” presentation delivered by Anderson a few days prior to the planting day, the students gained valuable hands-on experience working with native plants donated by Pizzo Native Plant Nursery.

Once the hand-sized plugs reach gallon-size, the students together with other volunteers like you, will plant them on Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day) from 2:15 – 4:30 pm at Barrington Area Conservation Trust’s Pederson Preserve.

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Volunteers log in 64 1/2 hours of service in 1 day

National Day of Service brings community together

Group picFFOn Monday, January 19, volunteers made a difference at Far Field Preserve in Barrington Hills, removing invasive buckthorn, honeysuckle, and barberry from the edge of a field that is being restored to a native oak savanna. Special thanks to Bob Lee for taking this photo and many more!

Currently planning our work day schedule for 2015, we’re looking for individuals, organizations, businesses, and congregations that would like to partner with us to accomplish great things. Please contact April Anderson or call (847) 387-3149 to learn more.

Great Oaks of Barrington Contest

Entries due Monday, March 2 Annamarietree

The BACT | Great Oaks of Barrington Contest recognizes people who care for our area’s precious oak trees – from those who plant oaks to those who clear out invasive species beneath our community’s long-lived sentinels – because we understand and value this ecosystem. Renowned ecologist and entomologist Doug Tallamy linked a single white oak tree to 534 species of moths and butterflies. To download an entry form, please click here.

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Volunteer with native landscape restoration

AG7A2362Sunday, March 29 — 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon work day at Far Field Preserve on the southeast corner of West County Line Road and Old Sutton Road in Barrington Hills. Bring your family and friends, and have fun making a difference in the natural world. No experience necessary. Please dress to be comfortable outdoors. We will post updates here as well as Facebook in the event of questionable weather. Reservations are recommended, but not required. Please contact april(at)bactrust.org for information.

 

Plan your (native) garden

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Wondering what you can plant in wet, dry, sunny, or shady parts of  the yard that will provide habitat for birds and butterflies while enhancing the beauty of your home landscape? Join Conservation@Home coordinator Beth Adler and landscaping experts from Ringers Landscaping to get a jump on planning improvements and creating new sustainable beds in your yard. This informative program will be held in the Zimmerman Room at Barrington Area Library. Reservations are not required, but strongly recommended.

 

BACT begins restoration work at new preserve in Barrington Hills

Helping a monoculture return to its rich native roots

Oak trees will have a new place to grow

Oak trees will have a new place to grow

Late last summer, Steve and Mary Smith made a generous 12-acre donation of land in Barrington Hills to BACT. Named for its “far” distance from the home of Steve and Mary Smith, Far Field is a field that hasn’t seen oak trees or wildflowers for generations. “It has always been under plow,” says Mary Smith, who remembers the field from when she was a little girl. “Oak woods came right up to the edge of the field and stopped where the plow made cropland many decades before our time.” Wanting to protect this beautiful open space from future development, the Smiths contacted BACT | Barrington Area Conservation Trust to see what could be done.

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BACT Annual Appeal

Because together we are BACT

BACT is a member-driven, Barrington-based 501(c)3 organization where everyone’s tax-deductible contribution works hard to preserve open space essential to our quality of life. The Annual Appeal provides the year-end convenience of joining BACT and reducing taxable income for 2014. Plus BACT membership is the perfect gift for the person who’s got it all.

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Being surrounded by nature right where I live makes my heart sing. BACT helps private landowners bring conservation home. – Lou Flannery

I have been running, bicycling, and riding horses in the Barrington area for over 50 years – first with my children, and now with my grandchildren. Being in nature inspires me to do everything I can to preserve the land I love. – Elizabeth Corwith Bramsen

To learn more about the value of BACT to some of our members, see what a few of our board and staff members have to say.

 

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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

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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

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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. Continue reading

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%

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Learn how to create a backyard sanctuary

Sunday, September 21, 9:00 – 10:00 am

Enjoy an educational Conservation@Home presentation at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 337 Ridge Road, Barrington, Illinois with BACT executive director Lisa Woolford. Find out how your yard can provide valuable habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, while addressing problem areas and improving water quality.

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Family Planting Day 2014

 An afternoon that brought people together to do something good

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On the afternoon of Sunday, September 14, students from Barrington High School, the BHS Football Team, National Honor Society, Boy Scout Troop 21, individuals, and families came out for a beautiful afternoon installing 400 native plants at Pederson Preserve under the watchful eye of Eagle Scout candidate Matt Parsons along with the staff from BACT. Great work and many thanks 🙂