McHenry County Conservation District to host 2018 Conservation Congress

More than 125-plus will gather to talk conservation efforts

The McHenry County Conservation District is preparing for its second Conservation Congress event.

The district announced that the “2018 McHenry County Conservation Congress – Sustaining the Dream – Stewarding the Places We Love” is set from
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake.

More than 125 delegates representing recreation, historical preservation, agriculture, business, service clubs, transportation, education, conservation, health and wellness and other disciplines will attend.

Conservation Congress will provide the community a formal process to advocate for actions MCCD can take to protect and conserve natural resources and provide compatible education and recreational opportunities on public lands in the county, MCCD board President Steve Barrett said.

“We are looking ahead to shape McHenry County’s future as it relates to conservation by engaging the community in developing a shared vision for valuing our economy, protecting our groundwater and cultivating an active and healthy community,” Barrett said in a statement.

Presentations about geotourism, the value of nature and keeping water on land rather than your basement will be focal points of the day.

The presentations – which will be given by representatives from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the National Recreation and Park Association, the Illinois State Geological Survey and the American Sportfishing Association – will be followed by roundtable discussions.

MCCD Executive Director Elizabeth Kessler said in a statement that “by enjoying and stewarding the wide-open spaces and places we love, we invest in our own well-being and that of a healthy community and economy.”

“It is important that we do everything in our capabilities to not only protect these treasured landscapes, but provide opportunities for the public to gain an understanding and appreciation for how intertwined our lives are with the natural community,” Kessler said. “Actions taken today will have far-reaching effects on what McHenry County will look like in the future.”

Space for the 2018 Conservation Congress is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online at

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