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The Barrington Hills Park District has announced the purchase of 35 trees which will benefit the community for many years to come.

The following native trees were acquired through Citizens for Conservation’s spring and fall plant sales:

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Celebrate under a full harvest moon at Citizens for Conservation’s Ignite the Night.

The event will feature live music, food, stargazing, flashlight walks for kids, a raffle, horse-drawn wagon rides and will be capped off by a spectacular bonfire. Ignite the Night will be held from 5 to 10 PM on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Spring Creek Forest Preserve and the Barrington Hills Park District, 361 Bateman Road, Barrington Hills.

The evening will include a cookout dinner; beer, wine and soft drinks and music by Beamish. Attendees will also have the chance to view the night sky, stars and planets with professional-grade telescopes.

Tickets are $50 in advance and $65 after Friday, Sept. 13, for adults; $25 for teens through age 20, and $12 for children 12 and younger. Online ordering is available on CFC’s website.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, call Ginger Underwood at 847.331.3568 or ttonkajo@yahoo.com

Ignite the Night aims to be a zero-waste event, and Mindful Waste will assist in making sure all packaging is compostable, recyclable or reusable. Mindful Waste volunteers will be on hand to educate and help with the sorting process. CFC’s goal is divert as much material from the landfill as possible.

All proceeds from this event will support Citizens for Conservation. Supporters of the event include the Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Barrington Hills Park District.

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Now is the time to get your pre-orders in for trees and shrubs from Citizens for Conservation’s Fall native plant sale.

Autumn is an ideal time to plant shrubs and trees. Cool weather allows woody plants to establish roots in their new location before spring rains and summer heat stimulate new growth.

Visit the CFC’s Fall sale website here for details. The deadline for pre-ordering is September 1, 2019.  

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Fred Fest is returning to the Fox River Forest Preserve in Port Barrington from 12–6 PM on Saturday, Aug. 17. The event features a diverse lineup of local bands, food and drinks for purchase, and family-friendly activities. There is no rain date.

Fred Fest is a fundraiser for the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves, the charitable partner of the Lake County Forest Preserves. The festive event raises funds for the restoration and management of Grassy Lake Forest Preserve in Lake Barrington. Efforts include restoring nearly 100 acres along the Fox River to its pre-settlement condition by removing invasive species and planting native species. This year’s fundraiser features performances by these local favorites:

  • 12 PM – Sons of Bildor, an acoustic rock duo comprised of Barrington brothers Rob and Charlie Knapik. 
  • 1 PM – Pat McKillen performing renditions of folk, pop and rock.
  • 2:15 PM – Wichita Jacks will perform songs by the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker to John Mellencamp and the Grateful Dead.
  • 3:30 PM – The Gritland Band, a mix of genres — classical with bluegrass, country with rhythm and blues, and classic rock with serious fiddle.
  • 4:45 PM – Expo ’76 and the Total Pro Horns, cover band to play songs you haven’t heard in years and new favorites you’ll hear for the first time.

General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids, or $25 for families. Parking is free. Purchase tickets at the event or online at LCFPD.org/FredFest. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase from Slyce Coal Fired Pizza Co. of Wauconda and Highland Park, and Kookers of Lake Zurich. Desserts are available from My Flavorite Place.

The family-friendly event includes kids activities from 12–4 PM, including face painting, a bubble show and hands-on projects such as insect netting. Limited, first-come, first-served seating is available under the pavilion. Arrive early to secure a spot. Lawn space is also available. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Picnic tables are scattered throughout the main event space for your use and enjoyment.

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The press is filled with current articles about Sudden Oak Death (SOD), Bur Oak Blight (BOB) and invasive pests like the new spotted lanternfly, Asian longhorned beetle and other tree pest threats. You can learn the signs to watch for and how to identify, manage and report treats. This is a FREE community citizen scientist informational session with easily understood information. Participants will also receive the newly updated Management of Invasive Plants and Pests of Illinois guide.

Our presenter is Tricia Bethke, the Illinois forest pest outreach coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service. She has been quoted in recent Chicago Tribune articles on this subject. Tricia does statewide training of key stakeholders on invasive species, forest pest identification, regulations and quarantines and reporting protocols. Tricia also coordinates and instructs tree identification, pest detection, and tree health monitoring programs.

The session will be Sunday, 8/11, 2:00 – 3:00 at the Barrington Village Hall. Collaboratively sponsored by Citizens for Conservation and The Morton Arboretum. 

Once again, this event is free but reservations are required. RSVP to email cfc@citizensforconservation.org or call 847-382-7283.

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In May of last year, the Board of Trustees directed the Plan Commission to review the Village Comprehensive Plan and make recommendations for any changes they saw fit for the Board to adopt. The last time the Comprehensive Plan was updated was 2005 and amendments were approved in 2008.

After nearly a year of work and meetings, the Plan Commission has agreed to the changes they would like seen in the Plan. A copy of their proposed 2019 Village Comprehensive Plan can be viewed and downloaded here.

A public hearing is scheduled for July 8th at 6:30 PM to allow residents to voice their comments, or feedback can be provided to the Village Clerk at clerk@vbhil.gov.

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Three Barrington area conservation organizations will collaborate to help Barrington-area residents protect local water sources, thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Barrington Area Community Foundation.

Flint Creek/Spring Creek Watersheds Partnership, Barrington Area Conservation Trust and Citizens for Conservation will work together to create restoration demonstration areas, educational activities, native planting instructions, sample planting designs, online resources, and how-to libraries.

Each organization will draw on its area of expertise for the initiative. Flint Creek/Spring Creek Watersheds Partnership will coordinate and lead efforts; Barrington Area Conservation Trust will develop the demonstration area along Flint Creek in Pederson Preserve in Barrington; and Citizens for Conservation will develop the schematic planting design, determine best native plants and create homeowner designs.

Read more here.

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