Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2015 Annual Celebration Brunch.  Because of you, it was a success! 

  TLC is mentioned in Land Trust   Alliance's article, Measuring Success.   Click here to read the article.  

HAPPY 2015!

Why not volunteer your time and effort to help the environment. Join one of TLC's workdays, oak rescues, classes, hikes or presentations - discussions this year. You will be glad you did! 


Voices of the Land - The Frisbies


In 1993, Hugh and Marlene Frisbie purchased farmland outside of Woodstock where they built their home, raised their children, opened a plant nursery and began restoring the farm fields to native prairie, wetland and woodland habitat.

The more restoration they completed, the deeper their interest in conservation grew. Restoring the land wasn't enough--they were moved to help nurture the local conservation community as well. Marlene joined the board of the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County. Hugh joined the board of the Conservation District's Foundation, where he served for several years, including a term as President.

FrisbieMAPThe Frisbie's conservation ethic extends beyond the land to include energy conservation as well. A few years ago they decided to install a new super-energy efficient heating-cooling system, and chose geothermal which relies on a heat-pump and the constant temperature underground to cool air in summer and heat it in winter.

The payback on the system is about 10 years through dramatically reduced utility costs, especially when solar panels help provide the electricity to run the heat pump!

When Honda released the 70 mile-per-gallon Insight gas-electric hybrid car, they were among the first in the area to purchase one, dramatically reducing their need for gasoline.

Today, Marlene serves as Chair of the City of Woodstock's Environmental Commission and Hugh serves on the board of Openlands, a regional land conservation organization based in Chicago.

In 2011, they placed 56 acres of their 61 acre property into a permanent conservation easement. Their conservation land is located in an area of the county rich in natural resources and lands protected by public and private landowners, totaling 2,275 acres.

What will they conserve next?

Get Involved with TLC

There are a variety of ways to help TLC preserve the natural, scenic and agricultural lands that make McHenry County so attractive, and that provide such a high quality of life to its residents.


As a small organization, TLC relies upon the work of volunteers, the financial support of members, as well as the decisions that private property owners make to preserve their land.


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