Will County is one of The Conservation Foundation’s four “core service counties” in northeastern Illinois. As one of the largest and fastest growing counties in Illinois, Will county is very important to The Conservation Foundation for many reasons.
First, this is our home.
Our main headquarters are located on the 60-acre McDonald Farm in south unincorporated Naperville. Here, we have our main offices, hold numerous educational and training programs, and partner with other local entities to showcase examples of sustainability.
In addition, we have been partnering and assisting the Will County Forest Preserve District
and county park districts for nearly two decades with land acquisition and other services that increase their capacity to preserve more open space.
Finally, Will County is the home of the Lower DuPage River Coalition
, a sister organization we helped create that focuses on improving the water quality and stream health of the Lower DuPage River as it drains a good portion of western Will County. Establishing local working partnerships with municipalities and organizations is critical to getting things done. To that end, The Conservation Foundation has working programs and relationships with Joliet, Plainfield, Shorewood, Manhattan, Bolingbrook, Naperville and Romeoville on various land and water related preservation activities.
Our main focus in Will County for the near future is preserving more land for parks and forest preserves, working in partnership on the Lower DuPage River to improve stream health, collaborating with local municipalities and other conservation organizations in implementing community rain barrel programs and promoting our Conservation@Home program, and establishing the McDonald Farm as a regional environmental education and sustainability center.
For a detailed list of our successes and activities in Will County, click here.