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

Potluck & Program: JDCF’s Native American Connection

July 10 @ 5:30 pm

Join us for a potluck and program featuring our own Executive Director, Steve Barg, as he discusses JDCF’s Native American connection through conservation of heritage sites and building relationships with tribal descendants.  If attending the potluck, please bring a dish to pass and table service.  Beer and wine will be available for purchase.  If attending […] 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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Fall Forest Hike

September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

With fall on the way, the appearance of trees changes significantly and identifying them can be tricky – unless you know your bark, berries & nuts. Join us to celebrate the change of season with a Fall Forest Walk on Saturday, September 15th from 1:00- 3:00pm at the Schurmeier Teaching Forest. This free event will […] Read More

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Critters of the Night

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join JDCF on Saturday, October 2oth at 10:00 AM to learn about some of our nocturnal friends, owls and bats. This program, geared towards a middle school grade level, introduces the life cycle of the owl and its food and habitat. It also identifies the characteristics that make the owl a perfect predator and member […] Read More

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