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The Conservation Foundation
10S404 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville, IL 60565
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Website: www.theconservationfoundation.org

For Immediate Release

Date: December 27, 2005
Contact: Stephanie Sheetz, Open Space & Land Use Planning Manager
Phone: (630) 428-4500, ext. 21
Fax: (630) 428-4599

View Open Space Map at Information Meetings

Public informational meetings to learn how the "Open Space and Natural Areas Map for Kendall County" was made as well as view and make comments on it will be held in January at various locations (see table below). The meetings are sponsored by The Conservation Foundation, Kendall County and various municipal governments.

Location Date Time
Plano Public Library - Meeting Room
15 W. North St., Plano
January 17, 2006 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Plainfield South High School - Media Center
7800 W. Caton Farm Rd., Plainfield
January 19, 2006 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Kendall County Historic Courthouse
110 W. Madison St., Yorkville
January 25, 2006 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Oswego Public Works Building
100 Theodore Dr., Oswego
January 26, 2006 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Newark High School - Student Center
413 Chicago Rd., Newark
January 30, 2006 5:30-7:00 p.m.

A component of the Protect Kendall Now! initiative was to create a unified Open Space and Natural Areas Map for Kendall County. The master plan was created by integrating existing open space, watershed and other conservation plans together, including municipal and county land use plans, into one comprehensive county-wide vision for open space. Additional open space opportunities have been identified by the Steering Committee based on high quality natural areas and natural resources present.

After the public has an opportunity to view and make comment on the open space plan, and the plan is approved and adopted by local units of government, landowners will be contacted to see if they are interested in discussing options to preserve their land. This is strictly voluntary for landowners. The goal, as landowners agree and funds become available, is to come as close as possible to mirroring the master plan over the next several years.

Protect Kendall Now! is a comprehensive planning process for land conservation, as well as increasing the pace of such efforts. The project is a countywide effort that is coordinated by a Steering Committee consisting of local municipal, county and private sector representatives, including not-for-profit conservation groups. It is a collaborative and cooperative effort of building consensus around open space issues. The Conservation Foundation handles the day-to-day administrative duties. For more information and to view a list of partners and committee members, visit www.protectkendallnow.org.

The Conservation Foundation is a 34-year-old regional not-for-profit conservation group based on a 60-acre farm in unincorporated Will County near Naperville. TCF is a grass-roots membership-based organization and has more than 3,000 members. TCF organizes educational seminars on sustainable development, purchases land in cooperation with local agencies, advocates for open space protection, and helps coordinate watershed protection projects.

View the Public Information Flyer Here (144K PDF).


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