Making progress towards better land health in Lake County is a complex challenge, and it can't be done alone. Strong partnerships are indispensable. They've made our successes possible and are at the heart of all we do. Whether it's land preservation, ecological restoration of habitat, promotion of local sustainable farming systems, or backyard conservation, we bring people and organizations together to make a difference.

Land Preservation Partners

Land Conservation Partners of Lake County – Conserve Lake County brought together a coalition of 17 land conservation partners to create a countywide vision for open space that aims to preserve 20% of Lake County's open space by 2030. Read more

Private Landowners – We work with landowners to share options that will work for them to preserve their lands. We are currently working on a 30-acre easement in the Liberty Prairie Reserve area. Read more about Landowner Options

Chicago Wilderness - We are members of the Chicago Wilderness alliance of over 230 groups working to support land conservation within the Chicago area.

LTA - We belong to the Land Trust Alliance, a national coalition of land trusts that requries adherence to a strict set of standards and practices.

PSCC – Although our work is in Lake County, we are members of the Prairie State Conservation Coalition, a coalition of land trusts in Illinois that moves forward on issues that effect conservation initiatives and policies across the state. 

Illinois Nature Preserves Commission (INPC), Local Homeowners Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Private Landowner - Conserve Lake County is completing working on a project with four partners to purchase land in order to buffer the new proposed Dokum Mskoda Illinois Nature Preserve in west Waukegan. Dokum Mskoda is home to 97 different native plant species including one that is federally-threatened.

Lake County Forest Preserve District - Because of our expertise working with private landowners, Conserve Lake County can help facilitate land sales between interested landowners and the LCFPD.

Land Stewardship Partners

The Conservation Foundation – Conservation@Home is a program of The Conservation Foundation. The Conservation Foundation has certified over 2000 properties in DuPage and Will Counties. Through an agreement with The Conservation Foundation, Conserve Lake County is bringing the Conservation@Home program to Lake County.

Local Food Initiative for Lake County - We are partners with five organizations in a planning effort designed to bring more local food production and sustainable agriculture to Lake County. Partners include College of Lake County, the Farm Business Development Center at Prairie Crossing, Lake County Forest Preserve District, Lake County Building Planning Building and Development, OpenLands, and several independent farmers. Read More

Libertyville Township – Conserve Lake County partners with Libertyville Township for the land stewardship needs of their Open Space District including ecological restoration in Oak Openings and Liberty Prairie, two nature preserves in the Liberty Prairie Reserve.

Private Landowners- We advise private landowners with large acreages on land stewardship issues, including habitat restoration, invasive species control, water management, and the state's land stewardship program. 

Ducks Unlimited - We work with Ducks Unlimited on wetland restoration projects that help improve habitat for local and migrating waterfowl.

Homeowners – Even with our best land preservation efforts, 80% of Lake County land is privately owned, around people's home, schools, businesses and public areas. Through our Conservation@Home program, we are helping keep Lake County's air, water and soil clean, for people and wildlife.

“There is no doubt that the Liberty Prairie Conservancy’s impact in this county will be widespread. It offers opportunities to landowners that only a private, well-respected conservation organization can offer.”

–Tom Hahn, Executive Director, Lake County Forest Preserve District

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