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The Conservation Foundation
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Naperville, IL 60565
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For Immediate Release
Date: September 26, 2005
Contact: Stephanie Houk Sheetz, Open Space/Land Use Planning Manager
Phone: (630) 267-0613
Fax: (630) 428-4599

Plainfield Supports "PROTECT KENDALL NOW!"

Plainfield, IL -- The Village of Plainfield is the first municipality in Kendall County to pass a resolution to financially support to the Protect Kendall Now! initiative.  On September 19th, nearly two months after The Conservation Foundation launched the project, the Plainfield Village Board unanimously passed a resolution of support pledging $5,000 in financial support over each of the next two years.   That same night the Village Board adopted an Open Space Plan for the Village's planning area.  This plan will be incorporated into the Kendall County Open Space and Natural Areas master plan, which is one task of the two-year Protect Kendall Now! initiative.   The master plan is being developed in cooperation with area municipalities, Kendall County, the Kendall County Forest Preserve District, the Plainfield & Oswegoland Park Districts, Fox Valley Land Foundation, CorLand/Openlands Project, Kendall County Farm Bureau, and Kendall County Soil & Water Conservation District.  Among the other activities Plainfield pleged to support with Protect Kendall Now! is to facilitate discussions with developers and landowners on properties identified on the Master Plan, provide ongoing input into the coordination and strategy of the initiative, and implement sustainable development and conservation design principles on lands identified in the Master Plan that Village of Plainfield has jurisdiction over.

Protect Kendall Now! is an aggressive new open space protection initiative that seeks to increase the pace of land conservation in Kendall County.  The initiative will improve land use planning by identifying high quality undeveloped land along with those who own these land; forging relationships with those owners who are interested in land preservation; ensuring these greenways and natural areas are adequately addressed in municipal land use plans; and laying a foundation on which future county leaders can build a solid and ongoing open space land acquisition plan.

Protect Kendall Now! also seeks to raise the understanding among the general public of sustainable development and reveal how open space is vital to building healthy communities.

Protect Kendall Now! is being funded through private grants from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Grand Victoria Foundation and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, in addition to other private funds from The Conservation Foundation.  Plainfield's financial support helps raise the local match required by the private grants.

Established in 1972 by business and community leaders, The Conservation Foundation is a not-for-profit land and watershed protection organization, located in Naperville on a 60-acre farm.  The mission of the Foundation is to enhance the quality of life by preserving open space, protecting natural lands, and improving rivers and watersheds.  With more than 3,500 members in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties, The Conservation Foundation will be celebrating its 34th anniversary in 2006.  


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