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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BACT founders Mary Bradford-White and husband Lynn White together with TCF worked with Robert McGinley to place a conservation easement on the McGinley family’s 420-acre treasured farm, preserving its scenic beauty and natural heritage forever. Each year since the easement went into effect, BACT has monitored the site to ensure that Horizon Farms and its owners comply with the terms of the conservation easement. BACT will continue to monitor the property no matter who owns the land.“We’re so grateful that the McGinleys had the foresight to preserve this beautiful farm,” says BACT executive director Lisa Woolford. “It is an honor to be entrusted with the permanent preservation of such a vital piece of open space in the Barrington area.”

Because conservation easements “run with the land,” they are a very effective, legal land protection tool regardless of ownership. BACT and TCF look forward to working with the FPDCC to continue preserving this beautiful landscape.

For more information about the Horizon Farms easement or how you can establish an easement to preserve the integrity of your land, please contact Barrington Area Conservation Trust executive director Lisa Woolford at (847) 387-3149.IMG_9928