About Preserving the Fox River 
Contact Information
Brook McDonald
The Conservation Foundation
10S404 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville, IL  60565
630-428-4500, ext. 12

Email:

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The Guide
 
We thank the following Partners for their help with this project:
Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
Friends of the Fox River
Kane County Forest Preserve District
Land Conservancy of McHenry County
Liberty Prairie Conservancy
Valley of the Fox Chapter,
Sierra Club
 
A Citizen's Guide to Preserving the Fox River is a partnership with many organizations, governments, businesses and citizens to focus on preservation of our Illinois portion of the Fox River.  Map
Fox River Guide Project Very Successful
Thanks to funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Fox River Guide Project has been very successful in meeting desired outcomes.  As of the end of 2012, all 25,000 copies of A Citizen’s Guide to Preserving the Fox River magazine have been distributed to more than 100 sites throughout the watershed.

This website has had more than 30,000 visits, and since the project started in 2011, 129 properties have been certified as Conservation @ Home sites, two community rain gardens have been constructed (one in Geneva and one in South Elgin), while two more are being planned in Oswego and Yorkville.

Nearly 1,000 additional rain barrels have also been distributed in the watershed. 

The Conservation Foundation and the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership will continue to work together to promote additional community engagement and do even more to help preserve the Fox River!
 
Goal of the Project:
Our overall goal with this project is to engage more local residents in protecting their Fox River. This new project will be kept alive through the ongoing work of The Conservation Foundation and the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership.

We will increase the overall awareness of the Fox River in the lives of the people who need it, use it, and rely on it for their quality of life; and inspire residents to “take action” by making changes to their lives and properties that will benefit the Fox River.
 
The Project has two components:
• A coffee-table style Guide promoting the Fox River as a special place in our communities that needs our help and support, as well as providing easy and effective ideas people can do to help the river (rain gardens, native landscaping, etc.) and special places to visit to gain better appreciation.
• A detailed website providing instructions (how to) to what people can do in their neighborhoods, homes and places of business to protect the Fox River, such as how to build a rain garden, how to install a rain barrel, and where to get help.
The printed Guide content includes:
• Maps with lots of pictures so people get a better understanding of the Fox River and how we are all connected to it.
• Brief history (flora and fauna) of the Fox River, and how the River has changed over time.
• Special places within the watershed where people can go on short trips and experience nature and the Fox River (unique forest preserves, parks, nature preserves, sections of the river to canoe, etc.)
• Real ideas on what people can do such as build rain gardens, install rain barrels, rainwater harvesting, river/creek cleanups, native landscaping, etc.
The Guide Announcement Press Release 7-26-11
 
Distribution of the printed Guide:
We have printed and distributed 25,000 guides in McHenry, Kane, Lake, and Kendall counties.  They have been made available locally in locations such as municipal village halls and libraries along the river in the four counties, all forest preserve district and conservation district headquarters and any of their nature/visitor centers, local area outdoor stores, park district headquarters and community centers, and offices of other partner organizations.  CLICK HERE for our distribution locations.  NOTE:  Many locations have run out of the guide
 
This project is funded, in part, through a generous grant from the
 Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Chicago
A Citizen's Guide to Preserving the Fox River
in Illinois