Protecting the places and landscapes we love in Will County, IL.
Learn more about our vision for the County, our current projects, and how you can get involved and join our efforts.
About LCWC The Land Conservancy of Will County is a land trust formed in March 2005, with nine volunteer Board members, one part-time staff member and an office in Frankfort, Il. Our mission is simple and very ambitious – to protect the places and landscapes we love in Will County, forever.   The Land Conservancy works on this vision by: growing a base of membership support from Will County residents and businesses, working with private landowners across the county to support private land protection efforts – either through donations of land or by holding conservation easements for select landowners and, promoting the value of habitat protection, native plant landscapes and open space planning to communities, homeowners, corporate partners, municipalities and developers. To learn more about the history of our organization and the achievements we’ve made since our founding, click here: LCWC History, from 2005 - today LCWC was formed, in part, in March 2005 in response to a forward-looking Will County Land Resource Management Plan prepared by the Will County Planning Commission. The Planning Commission, realizing that the region was poised to grow at a rapid pace, drafted the Management Plan as an effort to maximize the benefits and minimize the negative impacts of landdevelopment in rural areas. The Management Plan advocated directing “development into and around existing communities and service areas, with substantial open space permanently preserved throughout the County.” The Plan specifically mandated that as a condition for county approval of new conservation developments in unincorporated Will County, at least 50% of the land area of each development is preserved as open space. While the Management Plan calls for the retention of open space in planned developments,it does not promote any particular use of the open land, which could equally be turned into mowed lawns, golf courses, or ball fields. The founders of the Land Conservancy saw an opportunity to help direct the uses to which open space would be put by developers and homeowners’ associations, and to coordinate the undeveloped land into open space corridors. This use of the land would serve to protect conservation values including restored habitat for indigenous plant and animal communities including migratory species, and allow restoration of the water table, the filtering of water-borne pollutants and the diminution of floodwater volumes. The optimal way to ensure that open space in conservation developments stays open and supports conservation values in perpetuity is to use...
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Projects Organizational Capacity Building for Wetland Greenspace The Land Conservancy of Will County (LCWC) will accomplish organizational development, strategic planning and capacity building over a two year period, through April 30, 2013. These activities will enable LCWC to begin progress toward five year land protection goals centered on Will County and concentrating on wetlands, streams, headwaters and wetland buffer areas. Over the shorter term, these activities should put the LCWC in a position to accept conservation easements or purchase land in two...
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Donate Join our community of members, supporters and sponsors, all working together on behalf of LOCAL land preservation. The easiest and most helpful way to support the Land Conservancy of Will County is to become a member of our organization.  Your participation and contribution of $35, $50, $100 or more in annual membership dues allows us to expand our outreach and education activities, grow a group of committed and informed members, and will help our ongoing effort to protect natural areas and open space throughout Will County. Please click on the  Donate Here tab to join today. If you would like to join us by sending in a check, our mailing address is: Land Conservancy of Will County PO Box 391 Frankfort, IL  60423 PHONE: (708)...
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