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Local Family Protects Farm

The Dittmar Family of Galena, Illinois, forever protected their family farm with a conservation easement in late December 2014. “We wanted to protect the bluffs and make sure this place is still here in the future for people to enjoy,” said Karen Lenstra (née Dittmar). The Dittmar Family has lived and farmed in Jo Daviess […] Read More

Ice Age Ecosystem Protected

In late 2014, JDCF completed its 25th conservation easement, which will forever preserve one of the rarest and most unique natural communities on the planet. These globally-rare habitats are called “algific talus slopes,” which are only found in the Driftless Area of Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa.  Algific slopes naturally mimic the climatic conditions of the […] Read More

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Upcoming Events

Eagle Tours

February 7 @ 9:00 am - March 14 @ 9:00 am
Savanna Depot Park

All tours are full.  Please call if you would like to be put on a waiting list. One of the most spectacular things in nature is seeing an eagle soar over your head or come down to pick a fish out of the water.  You have the opportunity to see just that and more during […] Read More

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Wanted: Volunteers to Assist with Ecological Prescribed Burns

March 21 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
GTA Owners Club

A meeting to organize and train burn team participants for the spring prescribed fire season will be held this year in the Galena Territory Owners’ Club Lounge on March 21, 2015 at  2000 Territory Drive, Galena, Illinois. The Northwest Illinois Burn Cooperative is organized to help organizations and people who want to use fire to […] Read More

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JDCF Annual Meeting

March 28 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Chestnut Mountain Resort

JDCF will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at Chestnut Mountain Resort.  The event will kick off our 2015 theme of Geology of the Driftless Area with our keynote speaker, Ray Wiggers, author and expert on the subject.

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Experience Horseshoe Mound

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Horseshoe Mound Preserve

Join JDCF staff on this one-hour tour of our newest Preserve – Horseshoe Mound.  We will be joined by Collections Specialist Jim Louderman of The Field Museum.   The event is free to the public.

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