OUR Mission

JDCF works to preserve and steward land and water for the lasting well-being of all people and wildlife. Because Jo Daviess County does not have a forest preserve or conservation district to protect and make available parks and recreation areas, JDCF provides this service to our community without tax dollar support. We currently have over 1,000 acres open, free to the public, to enjoy outdoor recreational activities.

our values

Culture of Inclusion

A commitment to inviting, welcoming, and embracing the perspectives and traditions of those commonly left out of the conservation sector, for the betterment of our work, our Board, and our staff.


An enthusiastic, whole-hearted commitment to conservation of land and water, with respect for the heritage of people, past and present.


Advancing conservation that will endure and benefit generations to come.

Public Trust

The public confidence vested in JDCF to protect and ethically steward the lands and financial resources entrusted to us.

Innovative Leadership

Leadership that creates space for others to reach their full potential.


Engaging with diverse communities in equitable conservation strategies that benefit land, water, and all people to maximize conservation outcomes.

Organizational Excellence

Delivering sustained, superior performance that meets or exceeds expectations.

our staff

BOARD OF Directors