BACT Supports Tower Lakes in Green Initiatives.

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

 

Horizon Farms Update

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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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.

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

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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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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