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.”

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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