Remembering a McHenry County conservation pioneer
The Land Conservancy of McHenry County celebrates the remarkable life of Barbara Wilson, long-time McHenry County conservation volunteer and advocate who died May 19, 2017.
Wilson was born on Pearl Harbor Day (December, 7 1941) in England.She studied electrical engineering and immigrated to the United States in 1975. Among volunteering for multiple causes, Wilson donated a significant part of her time to the conservation community in McHenry County. She taught botany courses, gave nature walks, wrote the conservation volunteer newsletter The Acorn and was honored countless times for her service.
Barbara and husband Alan placed an oak savanna conservation easement on their land in 1997 in Lake in the Hills with the help of TLC. Homeowners of McHenry County accomplished many backyard restoration projects thanks to wildflowers dug from paths in her oak savanna. Her incredible life and dedication to conservation will be remembered at TLC forever. (Article adapted from obituary written in the Northwest Herald, May 22, 2017).
Al and Barb Wilson on their conservation easement in Lake in the Hills.