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.
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.
Helping a monoculture return to its rich native roots
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.
Corporate group comes out for a great afternoon of service
Seven energetic employees from Northern Trust came to Pederson Preserve on Thursday, August 7 to remove invasive plants threatening this local natural area. To learn more about how your company come out and make a difference, please call April at (847) 387-3149.
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.