An oak tree’s roots stretch far out, just like a person’s family tree.
Ken and Margee Pieper have lived on their 40 acre property for over 20 years and became certified Conservation@Home in 2015.
He owns an alpaca farm, worked in the commercial laundry service and helped grow 11,000 pounds of vegetables for the Harvard Food Pantry through the University of Illinois Extension last summer. Al Van Maren brings a diverse amount of knowledge to TLC as our newest board member.
Are you clearing out your own woodland? Be sure to have a careful eye when clearing out invasive species, you may miss some important plants!
A family’s thoughtful gift symbolizing 50 years of marriage was presented in February 2017 to Ted and Judy Thornton. “We felt so loved it really was incredible,” said Judy Thornton.
TLC doesn't work just to preserve land, we also strive to restore it and to make it the best possible place for native plants and animals to thrive. Before restoration began at Yonder Prairie, there were a few isolated pockets of remnant prairie and sedge meadow in a sea of buckthorn and other invasive shrubs.
Large oak woodlands are one of McHenry County's most notable ecosystems, and TLC is constantly looking for new ones to protect. Last year we embarked on one of our newest and most exciting projects--Tryon Creek Woods.
Over the years, TLC has worked with a number of families to help them preserve the land they love. Some families chose to donate land, others donated permanent conservation easements. Both have income tax benefits, since the owner is giving up something of monetary value.
Meet Sherry Johnson, who spearheaded the conservation efforts for First Church of Christ, Scientist in Crystal Lake. They are the first church to receive the Conservation@Home certification in McHenry County.
Celebrate TLC's first 25 years of land conservation at Art of the Land Friday September 23 and Saturday September 24, 6:30-10pm! Friday night will feature "Stories of Art Inspired by the Land" featuring Jim Cudney, Yvonne Beckway and Leann Emery.
: for those who would like to attend for the last hour (9-10) only, you can pay just $10 at the door Friday and Saturday to come in and enjoy the music and the amazing art!
"Since boyhood - growing up in Afghanistan, Iran and Thailand - I connected with the wildness and beauty of nature." Jim Cudney is a nature photographer. (Cover photo is one of Cudney's)
"As I immerse myself into the natural world to make art, my joy of experimentation, developing innovative processes and techniques is always a huge adventure for me." Yvonne Beckway creates art in collaboration with nature.
"I'm most inspired when I'm outdoors. I rely on both my internal and external senses to pose questions which, in turn, inform my work." Leanne Emery designs nature-inspired jewelry.
Also Friday evening there will be people's choice voting, raffle, live music by Ken Johnson, hors d'oeuvres, complimentary drink ticket, plus special pieces by featured artists only available on Friday night.
Saturday night features art, photography, people's choice voting, raffle, appetizers, cash bar, Best of Show winners & photo contest winners announced, live music by Cheryl Niemo and Pete Jonsson.
Photos taken by amateur photographers at many of the properties TLC has preserved will be on display. And 30% of all art sales go to TLC, which helps support land preservation here in McHenry County.
Purchase tickets today for $60/Friday night (also includes Saturday admission) or $25/Saturday night only. TLC members as well as friends and families of the participating artists can obtain a discount code for tickets by calling the TLC office: 815-337-9502.
TICKET SALES ARE NOW CLOSED. LOOK FOR ART OF THE LAND IN 2017!
Click here to see a map for parking lot locations.
Visit ArtoftheLand.org for more information or call 815/337-9502. You don't want to miss this year's show!
Art of the Land is Sponsored by:
Mighty Oak Sponsors: Davey Tree Expert Company/The Care of Trees, Mackie Consultants, Northwest Herald
Oak Seedling Sponsors: Copy Express, Liberty Prairie Foundation
Acorn Sponsors: Alliance Contractors, Encap, Inc., Red Buffalo Nursery, Duke's Kitchen & Alehouse, Gypsy Glen K-9 Kastle, Mercy Health Systems, Pioneer Tree Farm, The Cleaning Authority, The Harvard State Bank
It's the time or year when acorns are dropping from the oak trees! You can help restore the county's once abundant oak woodlands by collecting acorns and bringing them to TLC's office. Instructions for how to prepare the acorns can be found here. We even have instructions in Spanish.
Invasive species are a big problem for natural areas. An invasive plant is generally defined as any plant that is more aggressive than the high-quality native species and pushes those plants out over time. TLC tries to use any method other than herbiciding whenever possible.
What is it that you love about your property? Is it a stream or an oak savanna? Maybe it's a farm that has been in the family for generations. Everyone has a unique reason for wanting to preserve his or her land. If this is something you've been thinking about, we invite you to attend this seminar to learn more about some ways you can preserve your land.
Volunteers do so much for TLC: plant trees, organize files, cut buckthorn, greet visitors at events, secure silent auction donations and event sponsors. You name it - volunteers make it happen at TLC!
Get in on the Action! Volunteer today.