Fall Native Tree and Shrub Sale

Blackhaw viburnum in OctoberCitizens for Conservation's Fall Native Tree and Shrub Sale is coming soon. It provides a great opportunity to add native woody plants to your property.

The winter of 2013-14 was one of the worst on record. Have you noticed all the damage to trees and shrubs after last winter’s extreme conditions? If you look closely, you will note that most of the damage was to non-native ornamental species. Trees and other plants native to the Midwest did just fine. Native trees and shrubs evolved in our extreme weather conditions, our soils, our hydrology, and indigenous diseases and insects. They tolerate local conditions and  also provide food and shelter for native wildlife.

Since autumn is an ideal time for planting trees and shrubs, now is the time to plan for any additions you want to make to your yard. The cool weather allows the plants to establish roots in their new location before spring rains and summer heat stimulate new top growth. Trees and shrubs planted in the fall need less watering and maintenance than those planted in the spring.

You can take advantage of all these benefits and order native trees and shrubs for your yard directly from CFC. There is a plant available for any niche, habitat, or planting scenario. Plant information will be available on our website in early August. You will find pictures, plant descriptions and growing requirements along with benefits to birds and pollinators. If you have any questions, please contact us at 847-382-SAVE or We are always happy to help.

CFC's Community Education Committee will provide a special presentation of "Native Trees and Shrubs" at the Barrington Village Hall on Tuesday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. We hope you will come to see slides of many of the trees and bushes that will be available at our sale. The program provides useful information on suitable habitat for these native plants. You'll be amazed at the variety and beauty of our native woody plants. Please be sure to RSVP at or 847-382-SAVE.

All orders must be placed by Tuesday, September 2 and picked up on Saturday, September 20. If that pick-up date is not possible for you, we will make special arrangements if you contact us. No additional plants will be available on September 20; you must preorder your trees and shrubs. You may place and pay for your order online, download and print the order form to mail to us, or call CFC to receive a paper order form. Plants will be available for pick up at CFC Headquarters on September 20 between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Our address is 459 West Route 22, Barrington. It’s the white farmhouse with a silo across from Good Shepherd Hospital.

Proceeds from the sale are used to further our mission “Saving living space for living things through protection, restoration and stewardship of land, conservation of natural resources, and education." Thank you for your support.


GO LIVE! at CFC's Flint Creek Savanna

GO LIVE! date is May 11, 2014, for the Interactive Feature at Citizens for Conservations's Flint Creek Savanna. The Flint Creek Savanna trails will be open to the public that afternoon May 11th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Mother's Day might be a great family outing time to come take a walk and see the flowers blooming for the occasion!).

Six plaques will be posted along the trail with QR Codes that can access videos of CFC Restoration Experts telling about the Founder Waid Vanderpoel, Native Seed Gardens, the plants and animals of the prairie, the birds of the savanna, and the award-winning restoration efforts.

The preserve, at CFC's headqueaters at 459 West Hwy 22 in Lake Barrington, is usually open only to CFC members and escorted guests.  However, on the first Sunday afternoon of each month from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. June through October, the prairie will be open free to the public with a CFC member guide and educator. Lemonade and education will be provided.




Citizens for Conservation Gives Mighty Oak Awards

At its recent annual meeting, Citizens for Conservation bestowed Mighty Oak Awards on twenty-five non-board members who volunteered fifty hours or more during the last year.  Many of these individuals have received the award year after year for service to CFC; others are newcomers to the ranks of these exceptional volunteers.  Work is done year round in all aspects of CFC's work in the community, making possible the organization's 43 years of accomplishing its mission of Saving Living Space for Living Things.

  • Bonnie Albrecht
  • Jim Bodkin
  • Donna Bolzman
  • Dianna Collier
  • Doe Crosh
  • Demmy Giannis
  • Katherine Grover
  • Ryan Guilfoil
  • Carol Hogan
  • Bryan Hughes
  • Steve Knutson
  • Ted Krasnesky
  • Annamarie Lukes
  • Julia Martinez
  • Rob Neff
  • Bob Oliver
  • Wendy Paulson
  • Gail Rudisill
  • Wayne Schild
  • Cliff Schulte
  • Mary Stubbs
  • Ralph Tarquino
  • Gail Vanderpoel
  • Ann Warren
  • Melissa Washow





Collaboration Refurbishes Baker's Lake Rookery

Under the direction of engineering consultant Robert Sliwinski, who designed the Baker's Lake Rookery, Citizens for Conservation volunteers Karl Humbert, Steve Halm, Andrew Novak, John Schweizer and Helen Sheyka recently braved the chill on wind-whipped Baker's Lake Island, freshening the nesting sites with last month's Christmas trees from the Village of Barrington.  Village public works personnel delivered the trees to the Hillside Avenue parking area. Cook County Forest Preserve personnel lashed the trees together and drove them out on thick ice to the island, where the volunteers trimmed and installed them vertically or laid them about.

According to Jeff Rapp, Director of Crabtree Nature Center who led the Forest Preserve personnel, from 80 to 100 trees were taken out to the island to provide fresh nesting supports and sites.


A Restoration Record

Photo by Donna Bolzman

CFC's restoration campaign in 2013 broke our 28 year record for both total hours and number of volunteers. During the 101 workdays, 306 individuals came, producing 3,601 hours of restoration work.

This is very gratifying, and we thank everybody and salute the volunteer spriti. There are not many places on the earth that this happens and we can all be very proud.