In addition, we have been partnering and assisting the Will County Forest Preserve District
and park districts for more than two decades with land acquisition and other services that increase their capacity to preserve more open space.
Finally, Will County is the home of the Lower DuPage River Watershed Coalition
and the Lower Des Plains Watershed Group
, sister organizations we helped create that focus on improving the water quality and stream health of the Lower DuPage and Lower Des Plains Rivers as they drain a good portion of Will County. Establishing local working partnerships with municipalities and organizations is critical to getting things done. To that end, The Conservation Foundation has working programs and relationships with Joliet, Plainfield, Shorewood, Manhattan, Bolingbrook, Naperville, and Romeoville on various land and water related preservation activities.
Our main focus in Will County for the near future is preserving more land for parks and forest preserves, working in partnership on the Lower DuPage and Lower Des Plains Rivers to improve stream health, collaborating with local municipalities and other conservation organizations in implementing community rain barrel programs
and promoting our Conservation@Home program
, and establishing the McDonald Farm as a regional environmental education and sustainability center.