Winter 2016 Newsletter

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CFC’s Winter 2016 Newsletter is now available to download.   Looking for a back issue of our newsletter? Here’s a link to a selection of past CFC newsletters available to download as PDF!

Coal Tar Based Sealant: Implications for Human & Environmental Health

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  Coal tar-based sealcoat, or sealant, is a black liquid that is applied to asphalt pavement by commercial applicators or homeowners. It is marketed as protecting old paved surfaces and providing a glossy, restored appearance.  Sealcoat can be applied to residential driveways, tennis courts, playgrounds, parking lots, housing complex roads, schools and churches. The Problem: Coal tar-based sealants contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) • PAHs can be carcinogenic to …

Citizens for Conservation Celebrates Barrington’s 150th Birthday

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In celebration of Barrington’s Sesquicentennial year, CFC’s board of directors has set goals this year of 150 in many of our major functions. We intend to add 150 hours of restoration volunteer time to last year’s record-setting 3500 hours! CFC is committed to helping save an average of 150 acres of ecologically valuable land in the Barrington area per year …

Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk

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Children and parents joined Citizens for Conservation for a Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk at Baker’s Lake in Barrington. Tour guide Tom Vanderpoel led the group to see the multitude of native spring flowers Baker’s Lake Savanna including rue anemone, wild hyacinth, trillium, bellwort, wild geranium, shooting star ( Barrington’s official wildflower) and Jacob’s ladder. The children delighted in checking off …

Citizens for Conservation Earth Day Volunteers Hike Out

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The weather was perfect for Citizens for Conservation’s Earth Day workday on Sat. April 18 as new volunteers joined those who work every week year- round restoring native habitat in the greater Barrington Area.  The project on this Earth Day was to prepare and then scratch in legume seed that had been harvested last fall and saved for spring planting. …

Citizens for Conservation Attends Barrington Community Expo

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On Sunday, April 12 Citizens for Conservation Youth-Education Committee members once again participated in the Barrington BizEd Community Expo/STEM Fair at Barrington High School. The gymnasium was filled with 90 exhibitors including businesses, community charity groups, along with 12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) exhibitors for children and their families. A new feature this year was live entertainment provided …

Celebrate Earth Day With Citizens for Conservation

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What better way to celebrate Earth Day, 2015 than by getting out there with like-minded friends of the earth?  New restoration volunteers as well as CFC regulars who have been working year round will join forces on Saturday, April 18 to do their part to help in the continuing restoration of Citizens for Conservation’s award winning preserves.  Possible activities include …

Flint Creek Savanna Preserve Expanded

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On March 19, 2015, CFC announced the acquisition  of approximately thirteen acres located along Flint Creek in the Pepper Road Business Park in the Village of Lake Barrington. This builds on CFC’s successful efforts to acquire a vacant lot of over two acres near the Lake Barrington Field House, and its close collaboration with the Village of Lake Barrington to …

Barrington Area Spring Bird Hikes

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Barrington Area Spring Bird Walks & Hikes Cosponsored by Audubon Chicago Region and Citizens for Conservation Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson Walks are free and open to the public though spaces are limited and RSVPs are required. Waterproof boots are strongly recommended for these hikes. Don’t forget your binoculars! April 3, 8 a.m.—Beese Park …

Back Issues of CFC News

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CFC’s quarterly newsletter contains articles about native plants and animals, acquisition and restoration efforts, and more. Click on title above for list.