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Freeing the Oaks – Restoring a Rare Ecosystem at Gateway Park

JDCF is thrilled to receive two grants that will be used to restore 14 acres of native oak savanna at Gateway Park in Galena, Illinois. Volunteers with the Galena Area Land Enthusiasts (GALE) and the Northwest Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts (NIPE) have been working hard since 2015 to restore this overgrown area of the park to […] Read More

Japanese Knotweed: An Emerging Invasive Weed in Jo Daviess County

JDCF staff has observed a new invasive weed, Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica/Polygonum cuspidatum), around streams and drainage ditches in in the Galena area. Invasive species, often plants or animals arriving from other continents, have created huge challenges for land managers of conservation lands in NW Illinois. If left untreated, Japanese Knotweed could spread further around […] Read More

Great River Trail Coalition Meets in Galena

On June 20 about 85 people gathered at Chestnut Mountain Resort to be briefed on emerging plans for completing the next legs of the Great River Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail from Galena to Savanna. These plans follow the Jo Daviess County Greenways and Trails Plan, part of the county’s comprehensive plan adopted in 2009. The […] Read More

Major Daviess Summer Ale -A Great Taste for a Great Cause!

JDCF, in collaboration with the Galena Brewing Company, is building on last summer’s unveil of the Major Daviess Summer Ale, a refreshing American wheat ale that supports land preservation in Jo Daviess County. The first kegs have been tapped in this unique partnership between a local business and a local nonprofit organization. A portion of the […] Read More

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Upcoming Events

Fall Forest Walk

September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

With fall on the way, the appearance of trees changes significantly and identifying them can be tricky – unless you know your bark, berries, and  nuts. Join us to celebrate the change of season with a Fall Forest Walk at Schurmeier Teaching Forest. This free event will be led by expert staff and volunteers from […] Read More

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Creatures of the Night: Owls & Bats

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn about some of our nocturnal friends, owls and bats. This program, geared towards a middle school grade level, introduces the life cycle of the owl and its food and habitat. It also identifies the characteristics that make the owl a perfect predator and member of the raptor family. Participants will get to dissect an […] Read More

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The Return of Large Predators to the Midwest

November 11 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Our keynote speaker will be Adrian Wydeven, nationally-renowned timber wolf expert, based at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College, in Ashland, WI. For more than 50 years, there were NO sightings of wolves in Illinois, but with declining habitat north of us, wolves have again been sighted since 2002, more in Jo Daviess […] Read More

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Owl Prowl

December 2 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening owl-prowl hike at Casper Bluff.  This year, we will be joined by the Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education Center who will bring along a few of their feathered friends for an educational program and meet and greet with live owls before we head out on the trails. There will be […] Read More

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