During 2010 and 2011, CFC News ran a feature called “Preserve Profile.” In the articles we described the salient features of some of our beautiful properties and provided maps showing their size, shape, and location. Please click on any of the properties listed here to read its Preserve Profile.
Wet, prolific, and vital, Barrington Bog is a graminoid (grassy) bog owned by Citizens for Conservation and dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve. It is located at the northeast corner of Route 59 and Grandview Road in Lake Barrington. There is little if any access since it is very wet and boggy! Learn More!
Farm Trails North
Farm Trails North (FTN) is a fen owned by Citizens for Conservation. The 20-acre site in Lake Barrington is part of an extensive deep kettle wetland which extends a half mile west to the Fox River. Located at the southeast corner of Roberts and River Roads, it was donated to CFC as a gift from the developers of the Farm Trails Subdivision Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hagemann and Richard & Bonnie Johnson. Learn More!
Flint Creek Savanna
Flint Creek Savanna (FCS) is Citizens for Conservation’s largest and most diverse preserve with savanna, creek, wetland and prairie restorations. FCS is
the only property that CFC has purchased rather than received by donation from a developer or landowner. The initial thirty-three acres acquired in 1988 have grown to 109 acres with the latest six-acre acquisition in 2005. CFC member have donated all of the $1.4 million that this property cost, an extraordinary accomplishment in light of current reliance on government funding. Learn More!
Grigsby Prairie is Citizens for Conservation’s top prairie restoration. All forty-two acres at Grigsby were donated to CFC by Ms. Peggy Grigsby Richards. Ms. Richards, who named the preserve for her father who had farmed it for many years, wishes to preserve the land as open space and particularly wants to see the grassland birds that inhabited her hay meadows remain. Learn More!
Heron Marsh and Twin Ponds
Heron Marsh/Longeway is located in Lake County on Route 22 west of Kelsey Road and Pheasant Ridge subdivision. Thomas and Jacqueline Longeway of Classic Sunglasses and Robert Orbesen of Hubschman Group donated the land in two parcels, one in 1986 and the second in 1987 for a total of 48.5 acres. Learn More!
Steyermark Woods is one of CFC’s smallest preserves. It is located in North Barrington on Eton Drive just east of Biltmore Drive. Though it is small in size, its beauty is grand. Learn more!
Wagner Fen, one of CFC’s lesser-known preserves, lies just east of River Road and south of Roberts Road in Lake Barrington. It has been recognized as an Illinois Nature Preserve due to its variety of rare native plants. The land was donated to CFC in years 1980 through 1984 by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hagemann, Mr. and Mrs. William Muench, and Mr. Gregory Daul. CFC owns 42 acres, most of the north portion of the fen; Lake County Forest Preserve District (LCFPD) owns the south portion, and the remainder is owned by Tower Lakes homeowners association. Learn More!