Citizens for Conservation

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Citizens for Conservation, Inc.
Formation 1971
Type Non-profit organization
Purpose Restoration and protection of native species and open space
Headquarters Barrington, IL
Region served
Peggy Simonsen
Main organ
Board of Directors

Citizens for Conservation (commonly called CFC) is a nonprofit organization, centered in Barrington, Illinois, established in 1971.[1] CFC's motto is Saving Living Space for Living Things.[2] It is a member of Chicago Wilderness and the Land Trust Alliance.

CFC specializes in habitat restoration, both on properties it owns and nearby forest preserves of Lake County Forest Preserve District and Forest Preserve District of Cook County. CFC relies almost entirely on volunteers, meeting at least once a week year-round.[3]

CFC received the 2011 Conservation and Native Landscaping award from the U.S. EPA and Chicago Wilderness for its restoration work on the Flint Creek Savanna, their largest property and location of their headquarters.[4]

CFC properties[edit]

As of 2013, CFC owned 11 properties for a total of 409 acres.[5] Much of this is agricultural land that was donated or purchased, and restored back to natural habitat, primarily oak savanna, tallgrass prairie, and wetlands. Removal of invasive species and re-seeding of native species from local seed sources is the main focus of habitat restoration. It has the largest holding of fee simple lands (direct ownership) of any non-profit in Lake County, Illinois.


CFC offers periodic programs for children as part of the No Child Left Inside project, and works with the local school district to introduce 3rd and 4th graders to the prairie.[6] It also provides occasional community education programs for adults.


  1. ^ "Introduction to CFC" (PDF). CFC. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "About us". CFC. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "CFC Volunteering". Volunteer Match. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "CFC wins award". Land Trust Alliance. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "2013 Annual Report" (PDF). Citizens for Conservation. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "District 220 students work on prairie preservation". Daily Herald. Retrieved 28 November 2013.