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The Spring Creek Stewards are back to doing what they do best – protecting and preserving our favorite forest preserve!

Nature Photography with Ken DeMuth

Many volunteers know Ken as a knowledgeable, dedicated naturalist with the Spring Creek Stewards. What you may not know, is that when Ken isn’t lopping buckthorn or pulling sweet clover, he’s busy honing his photography skills while hiking through Spring Creek Forest Preserve.

OK, his photos are regularly featured in this newsletter, so if you read the fine print this may not be news to you. As a recently certified IL Master Naturalist, Ken will be joined by his peers in leading a nature photography webinar next month. Get some insight on how to capture photos like the one below, featuring Healy Savanna on a Winter’s day. Spots are limited, so reserve yours today!

Nature’s Pixels, February 8th 6-7 PM on Zoom

Photography is both an art and an important tool for connecting with the natural world. Learn a few tricks of the trade from Illinois Extension Master Naturalists Marnie Baker, Kathy Branigan, and Ken DeMuth as they discuss mastering picture taking in Cook County’s nature. Register here.

Read more from This Week in Spring Creek here.

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Cook County Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison

Cook County Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison and State Rep. Michelle Mussman will host a COVID-19 virtual town hall at noon Friday to discuss the county and state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resources available to residents and businesses.

The meeting will be live streamed on their Facebook pages and abit.ly/2VppIC1. Residents can submit questions beforehand to District15@cookcountyil.gov.

Morrison’s 15th District includes Barrington Township, and his contact information can be found here. He is a voting member of the Forest Preserve District Board which oversees Crabtree Nature Center, Horizon Farm and Spring Lake preserves.

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The Village has released the audio recordings from the December 7th quarterly meeting of the Equestrian Commission.

There were no formal comments made during public comment, however attendees were allowed to comment or ask questions when recognized by the chair throughout the meeting.  This more informal format is used for most Barrington Hills meetings, excluding the Village and Zoning Board meetings.

The first item covered in the meeting was the status of Horizon Farms.  Trustee Maison, liaison to the commission, provided the update, which can be heard here.

Village attorney Patrick Bond then spoke about the status of horse boarding in Barrington Hills as it stands currently in our Village Codes.  His presentation can be heard here.

It was surprising that none of the estimated 20 residents in attendance, or any of the commission members had questions or comments after Bond’s comments.  Considering the misinformation circulating throughout the Village on this topic in the last few years, one might have expected some interaction, but there was only silence.

When the topic of equestrian trail maps was discussed, there was interaction.

The Riding Club of Barrington Hills has expressed a desire to convert some of the private trails on homeowners’ properties to legal easements deeded to the club.  Two cases in which a swimming pool and a garden had been constructed which disrupted the trails were cited as factors for their desire to have better control of their trails.

It was suggested that if the trails were deeded to the Riding Club, this might be avoided, and a club representative in the audience stated that Riding Club would bear the cost of the filing fee.  Interested residents can contact the Riding Club, and the recording of that discussion can be heard here.

The agenda subject of “Equestrian Information on Website & in newsletter” also proved to be quite interesting.  The chair began the discussion by stating, “We have a number of equestrian clubs in Barrington Hills, and our events overlap.  For example, the Riding Club had a sector ride on the same day as the Village held ‘Hills Are Alive’, and so we couldn’t participate.”

Citing this recent scheduling “conflict,” she went on to express the desire to have one central calendar that all equestrian clubs may use for planning purposes, and to provide the public an opportunity to see all Village equestrian events, hunts or shows.

The chair then requested that the Village invite the Riding Club, Polo Club, Fox River Hounds, the Pony Club and the Barrington Hills Park District to utilize the Village government’s calendar for scheduling and information purposes, as well as add links to those organizations’ websites.

This seems like a reasonable concept, however the Barrington Area Library already provides a community calendar for this purpose, as seen here.

Furthermore, if the Village were to extend such an invitation, other organizations within the Village should be allowed to participate as well.  Garden clubs, youth scouting organizations, public and private schools, conservation groups and houses of worship, among others, would likely wish to have their notices posted to the calendar as well.

There’s also the matter of resources to be considered.  If the Village were to take on this responsibility, the time required to maintain such a calendar might become too great, thus detracting from other duties performed by Village Hall staff.

If the Village does decide to proceed with this initiative, the one suggestion we have is to create separate calendars for government business and community events.  Otherwise, the current calendar would likely become very muddled, thus making it more difficult for residents only interested in government meeting information to find what they’re looking for.

The link to the full Village website utilization discussion recording can be accessed here.  The menu of edited recordings by agenda topic for the entire meeting can be accessed here.

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Cook%20CountyThe Forest Preserve District of Cook County has recently released their “Trail Master Plan & Policy.”  The plan addresses current and planned changes for paved, unpaved and mowed trails as well as equestrian and mountain bike friendly trails.

The report also provides results of their 2013 survey of trail usage and satisfaction throughout the greater Cook County forest preserves areas.

A copy of the plan can be downloaded here.

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Friday FlashbackFollowing are some of the stories reported by The Observer in May 2011 and 2012.  These articles, gathered from various publications, are noteworthy for residents in that they remind us of where we’ve been as a community.  Readers can view further articles from those and other prior months by utilizing the “Archives By Month” menu tool on the right sidebar in all page views of this website.

Barrington 220 Educators Make Above-Average Salaries – 2011

Barrington School District 220 teachers and principals are making more than the average educator in Illinois, according to an analysis by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Read more from the Barrington Patch here.

Barrington Hills man sprucing up East Dundee – 2012

For years, Tom Roeser, the owner of Otto Engineering in Carpentersville, has concentrated his efforts on making that village a better place to live.  But now, the Barrington Hills resident is spending some money in East Dundee.

Read the full article here.

2012 William H. Miller Conservation Award presented to Spring Creek Stewards – 2012

The William H. Miller Conservation Award is given for outstanding contributions to conservation in the Barrington Area.  The winner of this year’s award, the Spring Creek Stewards, are using seed collected at CFC’s plant-rich Grigsby Prairie and Flint Creek Savanna in collaboration with CFC to undertake ecological restoration on a scale far larger than that allowed by CFC’s preserves.

The full TribLocal article can be read here.

Tax bills increase despite drop in property value in Lake County – 2012

Tax bills are arriving in Lake County mailboxes and what most property owners will see is a drop in property values but no corresponding relief in the amount due.  It is similar to last year, when most taxing bodies asked for the maximum and tax rates rose to generate the requested amount.

This Daily Herald story can be read here.

–     The Observer

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The William H. Miller Conservation Award is given for outstanding contributions to conservation in the Barrington Area. CFC has been extremely successful in establishing native plants on its own preserves–so successful that its own restorations are now the best source of seed in the Barrington area. The winner of this year’s award, the Spring Creek Stewards, are using seed collected at CFC’s plant-rich Grigsby Prairie and Flint Creek Savanna in collaboration with CFC to undertake ecological restoration on a scale far larger than that allowed by CFC’s preserves.

Read more here

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Local Groups’ Conservation Leaders Recognized with a “Grassroots Conservation Leadership Award” bestowed by Audubon Chicago Region and the Chicago Wilderness Habitat Project.

Ginger Underwood of Barrington Hills will accept a unique regional award acknowledging her work as President of the Friends of Spring Creek, and her support for this natural area in cooperation with Spring Creek Stewards. Ginger has been actively involved in a variety of roles with the preserve, and has worked creatively since 2003 to garner support and resources for the ongoing work there. Her outreach to neighbors, local officials, and the equestrian community have combined with creatively designed special events to attract neighbors, local officials, and the boards of interested organizations.

For the full story, click here

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Village residents who live in Cook County are invited to hear a presentation, and provide feedback to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County on their five-year capital district-wide  improvement plans this Thursday evening beginning at 7:00 PM at Crabtree Nature Center.

Agenda link: http://www.trumba.com/calendars/village-of-barrington-hills?trumbaEmbed=eventid%3D96689546%26view%3Devent%26-childview%3D&winClose=1

FPDCC Five-Year Plan Link:  http://www.fpdcc.com/downloads/Final1-31-11.pdf

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Ginger Underwood is on the board of Citizens for Conservation, which nominated her for the Hall of Fame. But her work in the area of conservation has contributed to many organizations throughout the region.

Perhaps her most notable achievement since turning 60 has been her leadership of the renaissance of Spring Creek Forest Preserve, says CFC’s Peggy Simonson. In 2005, Ginger joined a group of conservationists, including CFC, Audubon-Chicago Region and Friends of the Forest Preserves, in a collaborative effort to restore this huge ecosystem. She successfully completed training to become a Cook County Master Steward and later was a founding board member of Friends of Spring Creek, which works to conserve and protect the 4,000-acre preserve. She is currently president of the group.

Read more: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110604/news/706049880/#ixzz1OnZQ1yel

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Area “birders” and conservationists gathered at the Penny Road Pond in Barrington Hills Thursday to hear that the preserve surrounding it and 25 other areas in Illinois have been named “Important Bird Areas” by the Audubon Society

The designation, which recognizes the areas for their abundant wildlife, was announced before representatives from the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Audubon Chicago Region and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Read more: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20100611/news/306119686/#ixzz1OhfqkxTW

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