Casper Bluff to Grow to 100+ Acres!

Nearly ten years after JDCF purchased the original 85-acre Casper Bluff Preserve, we are thrilled to announce the acquisition of 21 acres that will be managed as a new addition to Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve. Funding for the purchase of this property was generously provided by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, the Grand Victoria Foundation, and Google Inc.

This new addition will be restored to native prairie and savanna habitats in partnership with the Northwest Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts, who will be donating native prairie seed for the restoration. The future prairie and savanna restorations will provide critical grassland habitat for a dozen bird species “in greatest need of conservation” and expand on the 46 acres of prairie and oak savanna habitats have been already been restored in the nine years since JDCF’s acquisition of the original Casper Bluff. Stay tuned as this project moves forward.

Upcoming Events

Fire & Ice: Bonfire on the Bluff

January 28 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve

JDCF and Fever River Outfitters invite you and your entire family to Casper Bluff for a great outdoor adventure. Luminarias will guide you to the Thunderbird effigy and several large bonfires.  Live owls from the Northern IL Raptor Rehab Center will join us for a meet and greet at 4:30, weather permitting.  If there is […] Read More

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The Prairie Enthusiasts 2017 Annual Conference

March 4
Eagle Ridge Inn & Spa

JDCF is co-hosting this annual, one-day conference with the Northwest Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts.  The theme will be Landscapes of the Future: Challenges & Opportunities. Two keynote speakers will be Jeff Walk of The Nature Conservancy, speaking on “Climate Change & Habitat Preservation & Restoration” and Bob Palmer of the Effigy Mounds National Monument, speaking on “Fertile Ground […] Read More

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Popcorn & Program: FIRE, the Science of Prairie Restoration Burns

March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
GTA Owners Club

Learn about the important role fire plays in the prairie ecosystem from our own Director of Land Stewardship, Ryan Getz. This “Popcorn & Program” is at the Galena Territory Association on Saturday, March 18 at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7:00 PM. As a follow up, all are welcome to come out in April […] Read More

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JDCF Annual Meeting

April 1 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Chestnut Mountain Resort

Join fellow JDCF members and our guest speaker, botanical artist, George Olson, at our annual meeting.  Mr. Olson will have some of his work on site.  We will also be honoring John & Barbara Rutherford as recipients of the 2017 Nancy Hamill Winter Conservation Leadership Award.

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