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natural world and the environment.


“I was planting tomatoes in my backyard and this little bird came very close. It looked like a robin with spots on its chest. Tat began my long process of becoming a birdwatcher.”


She subsequently got involved with Te Nature Conservancy, and became a Board member of Friends of the Fox, helping to create and administer the River Watch program. In 1998 she was named Volunteer of the Year by the State of Illinois.


She says she has particularly enjoyed working with local jurisdictions to help them put resource-sensitive development on the ground. “But I still like drawing.”


The Conservation Foundation We save land We save rivers


Our ancestors felt that towns and cities were healthier, more beautiful and desirable if they had natural areas and open space. Today, we have proof that open spaces also improve air and water quality, provide critical habitat for plant and animal species, reduce flooding and serve as the “ultimate tax cap” for area residents.


Established in 1972,Te Conservation Foundation (TCF) is a private, not- for-profit land and watershed protection organization, located in Naperville on a 60- acre working, organic farm. Te mission of Te Conservation Foundation is:


We preserve and restore natural areas and open space, protect rivers and watersheds, and promote environmental stewardship.


TCF maintains a membership of around 5,000 members and 500 volunteers in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties, Illinois.


Someone You Should Know . . .


For more than 20 years,Steve Byers (pictured above with his wife Nancy Williamson) has been a field representative for the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission. His responsibilities include protection and stewardship of more than 100 Nature Preserves in northeastern Illinois, many along and near the Fox River. Working with the Commission, Steve has helped protect nearly 10,000 acres of high-quality natural areas.


Steve recently retired from the U.S. Army Reserve after 37 years of service. He retired as a Colonel and served in a variety of leadership positions, including Commander of the 334th Medical Group and Chief of Staff of the 330th Medical Brigade.


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To help achieve this mission, TCF has established four major program areas: land preservation, river and watershed protection, education and advocacy, and promoting sustainable development.


If you would like to add your voice for the protection of our vanishing forests, farms and open spaces, and help keep our waterways clean and healthy for present and future generations, then you are invited to join Te Conservation Foundation ranks as a member and/or volunteer.


For more information, call Te Conservation Foundation at 630-428-4500 or visit www.theconservationfoundation.org.


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