The Liberty Prairie Reserve consists of approximately 5,000 acres in the heart of Lake County between Libertyville, Grayslake, Gurnee, and Waukegan. Through cooperative efforts, nearly 3,400 acres of publicly and privately owned open land within the Reserve
have been legally protected.
In 2012-13, a group of public and nongovernmental organizations gathered to document progress from the original 1991 Reserve Master Plan and make recommendations for the next 20 years. The intent of this effort was to establish a model of exceptional land, water, and biodiversity health where public and private landowners manage their land in ways that sustain people, plants, and wildlife.
This plan envisions people restoring, enhancing, and enjoying the Reserve's rich
array of natural areas. Additionally, the Reserve's agricultural values and heritage
will be celebrated and continued in ways that support clean water, healthy soils,
and diverse agricultural products and foods. The Master Plan includes detailed
FINAL Summary of Liberty Prairie Reserve Master Plan (Released June, 2013)
FINAL Liberty Prairie Reserve Master Plan (Released June, 2013)
The Planning Team for the Liberty Prairie Reserve Master Plan included Conserve Lake County; the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP); Lake County Forest Preserve District; the Lake County Departments of Planning, Transportation, and Stormwater Management; the Liberty Prairie Foundation; Libertyville Township; the Illinois Department of Natural Resources; the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission; and Openlands. Several private landowners were consulted and represented throughout the process.
The Liberty Prairie Reserve is one of Lake County's special places. It is a beautiful blend of our rural heritage, a place of rolling hills with woodlands, farmland, prairies, and a pristine brook. View Map
What's unique about the Liberty Prairie Reserve is the story of how private landowners, public entities, and private conservation organizations came together to save the heritage of this land. The Reserve encompasses approximately 5000 acres where more than 3,400 acres of natural areas and farmland have been preserved. It is the blending of private land with public open space, a place vital for wildlife habitat as well as a place for people to enjoy.
Conserve Lake County's roots are in the Liberty Prairie Reserve. Our organization started in 1995 as the Liberty Prairie Conservancy as a way to defend, expand, and steward this priceless piece of Lake County. Today, the Liberty Prairie Reserve remains a very important part of what we do. We continue to work with a community of partners to meet the goals of the Liberty Prairei Reserve Master Plan to preserve more of it's landscapes, restore woodlands, wetlands, and prairies. and improve farming practices that affect the health of our land and water.
The Liberty Priarie Reserve is a community of private landowners, public entities, conservation-oriented businesses, and non-profit organizations like the Conserve Lake County.