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04May
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Open Spaces Brief – May 2022

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The weather threw us a curveball on Earth Day, so...we rescheduled our Earth Month Celebration to Arbor Day. And it turned out to be perfect!
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03Apr
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Open Spaces Newsletter – Spring 2022

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With the arrival of spring, we see flora (plants) sprouting up all around. BACT prioritizes native plants (April is National Native Plant Month) in all our preserves and we work hard to remove invasive species. But there are many nuances to the categories of plants. As we all move forward with our 2022 garden plans, let's take a look at what's growing.
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13Jan
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Open Spaces Brief – January 2022

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This beautiful 5.28-acre remnant oak forest is located on the northwest edge of Barrington Hills. Like BACT's other preserves, the Jack David Mondschine Wildlife Conservation Area has a fascinating history.
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13Oct
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Open Spaces Brief – October 2021

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What a wonderful day immersed in nature! OaktoberFest came together beautifully – we forged ahead under partly cloudy skies (it never rained!) Volunteers planted 40 oak trees, 35 native shrubs, 2 witch hazels and a gorgeous redbud! All with the dulcet tones of Jazz du Jour in the background.
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07Sep
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Open Spaces Newsletter – Fall 2021

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Tartans for the Trust ~ What an amazing afternoon! Thank you to our incredible sponsors, vendors and guests for making this a day to remember! We can't wait to do it again in 2022!
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17Aug
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Open Space Brief – August 2021

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Barrington Area Conservation Trust is devoted to preserving our community’s rare and exceptional open spaces for current and future generations. Each acre restored and each habitat protected, begins with you! But... how does it work?
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22Jul
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Open Space Brief – July 2021

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Many degraded oak savannahs still exist in the Midwest and BACT is restoring one site that spent many years as a farm field. Far Field Nature Preserve was generously donated to BACT in 2014 by Stephen and Mary Smith. These 12-acres are now well into a long-term stewardship plan to restore the oak savannah, as well as the adjoining mixed hardwood woodlands.
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05Jul
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Open Spaces Newsletter – Summer 2021

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Melissa Kinast joined BACT this summer as the new Executive Director. A North Barrington resident, Melissa has over 5 years of experience in a Director position within an NFP organization, along with professional experience and education largely focused on land use, public policy and management. Additionally, she brings a high level of enthusiasm for social and environmental causes and community development. Learn more about Melissa and her 2021 BACT team...
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05Jun
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Open Space Brief – June 2021

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Only approximately 148 of such acres exist in Illinois and 2 acres are located right in Barrington! Stewarded by BACT, Gravel Hill Conservation Easement consists of a "bowl" with gravel hill sides which are 790 feet in elevation at their highest.
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