JDCF Earns National Recognition of Its Strong Commitment to Public Trust & Conservation Excellence

Since our founding as a nation, one thing is clear and consistent: Americans strongly support saving the beautiful forests, prairies, and wetlands they love. Since 1993, JDCF, has been doing just that for the people of northwestern Illinois. In confirmation of this good work, JDCF is pleased to announce that its accreditation has been renewed with the Land Trust Alliance’s Accreditation Commission. JDCF is part of a network of only 389 accredited land trusts across the United States. We are committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in our conservation work.

JDCF Executive Director, Steve Barg, shared, “Over the past two years JDCF committee members, Board, and staff dedicated hundreds of hours to making sure we comply with the rigorous standards and practices set forth by the Land Trust Alliance. Why? Because we want our members, donors, and most importantly the land owners we work with to have the utmost confidence in our land preservation work, now and forever.”

JDCF had to provide extensive documentation and undergo a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation renewal. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded the renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that JDCF’s lands will be protected forever.  “It is exciting to recognize JDCF with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, Executive Director of the Commission. “Accredited land trusts are united behind strong ethical standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. Accreditation recognizes JDCF has demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”

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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. We will start by examining the contents of owl pellets to see what these nocturnal birds of prey eat. Everyone will then head out for a night hike through Casper Bluff to identify different owls by their calls. There will be hot chocolate to warm you […] Read More

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