My family moved to McHenry County from the suburbs when I was a kid. Our farm was a place to work hard and a place to explore. The creek, the wildlife, the wide open sky...I absorbed it all and it became a part of me. Now I'm part of TLC - a community of like-minded people who care deeply about the land and want to do something to preserve it. Linda Balek, Land Protection Specialist
Over 10% of our goal has now been reached!
Congratulations to all of the photographers who participated in the 2015 Art of the Land Amateur Photo Contest. TLC's Amateur Photography Contest started as a way to introduce more people to the diversity and beauty of the lands that TLC helps preserve. Many of the properties featured are not open to the public, so the photos taken provide a glimpse of the wonders that are found on private land throughout the county.
Project Quercus, TLC's Oak Conservation Program, Turns 10 Next Year
Project Quercus started in 2006 with the simple goal of ensuring oak woodlands continue to be part of the McHenry County landscape hundreds of years from now. The program has evolved over the last 10 years.
One autumn day in 2005, George Johnson opened his property and had TLC invite people to come and collect native seeds. They then took the seeds home to start their own prairie or savanna restorations. Every year since then, people come to Alden Township to collect seeds from a handful of privately owned properties. After ten years, we wondered how some of the collectors' places were doing. So we hopped in the car and visited some of the folks ...
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