Discover the Witkowsky State Wildlife Area

JDCF was on location at the Witkowsky State Wildlife Area last week with our Executive Director, Steve Barg, Friends of Witkowsy member, Brad Petersburg, and IDNR State Biologist, Jeff Horn, to announce the opening of a new, 10-mile hiking trail system now available to the public.  The new trails are the result of a six year, public/private partnership and they are amazing!  The wildlife area is open daily dawn to dusk.  Dogs on leashes are welcome.  Head on out today!  The Witkowsky State Wildlife Area is located 7 miles north of Hanover, IL on Blackjack Road, not far from Chestnut Mountain Resort. A trail map can be downloaded here: Witkowsky SWA Trail Map 2019

Upcoming Events

JDCF Nature Preserves ~ A Q&A with Our Executive Director

September 24 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Join us Live on Facebook with our own Steve Barg who will discuss all things related to JDCF’s public preserves.  There are some misconceptions about our land preservation work in Jo Daviess County, IL.  Steve will be ready to answer all your questions!  Tune in to learn how the Foundation prioritizes land acquisitions, how these […] Read More

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Discover Wapello ~ A Discussion with Archaeologist Phil Millhouse, PhD

October 3 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am

JDCF will be Live on Facebook with special guest and renowned archaeologist, Phil Millhouse, PhD, at the Wapello Land & Water Reserve, the site of his doctoral field work in 2005. Phil will talk about his initial findings, which contributed to Wapello being placed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its cultural […] Read More

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Meet the Members of GALE ~ A Facebook Live Event

October 15 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

We will be Live from the worksite at Horseshoe Mound with members of the Galena Area Land Enthusiasts (GALE), a volunteer group that has been helping our stewardship staff with field work since 2012.  This group of not-so-young guys and gals work year round in all weather conditions battling invasive species, assisting with prescribed burns, […] Read More

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