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

Popcorn & Program: Movie “Ancient America” & Presentation by Phil Millhouse

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This popcorn and program event features the movie “Ancient America” by award-winning producer/director Gray Warriner of Camera One productions, about the indigenous people who first settled eastern North America, including northwestern Illinois. Several thousand years ago, Woodland and Mississippian peoples were constructing impressive burial mound groups throughout the Mississippi River Valley and its tributaries. Some […] Read More

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JDCF Annual Meeting

April 7 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The public is invited to JDCF’s annual meeting on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 beginning with a social hour at 4:30 PM.  Our keynote speaker will be Jon Greendeer, Former President and current Executive Director of Heritage Preservation of the Ho-Chunk Nation.  Jon is a proud member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, a student of the Ho-Chunk […] Read More

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Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary Grand Opening

June 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for the grand opening of our newest preserve, a 405-acre bird sanctuary donated to JDCF by former Stockton resident Nancy Hamill Winter.  To date, there have been documented sightings of over 100 different bird species at Valley of Eden. Notable Illinois species of conservation concern include the Henslow’s sparrow, bobolink, red-headed woodpecker, and northern […] Read More

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Meteors on the Mound

August 11 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Join JDCF and the Planetary Studies Foundation to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower from atop Horseshoe Mound on Saturday, August 11th from 7-11 PM. Enjoy family-friendly activities and learn about meteors before the sunset ushers in the celestial show! The event will be cancelled if it is raining, so please check jdcf.org […] Read More

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