About Macon County Conservation Foundation
to help restore native plants in other areas.
You may be unaware of it but the quality of your everyday life is attributed to the nature around you. The air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, and the environment in which you live are all affected by your area’s natural spaces. The Macon County Conservation Foundation actively works to restore and preserve these natural areas to ensure a quality of life that not only we can experience but also our children and our children’s children.
Established in 1981 by two Macon County Conservation District employees, Janet Atkins and Rodney Washburn, the foundation was originally a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation known as the Natural Heritage and Wildlife Foundation. The values were the same, to support the preservation and restoration of natural and cultural resources of Macon County but the focus grew to increase awareness through education projects and innovative programming when the name changed to Macon County Conservation Foundation in August of 2003.
To this day, the Macon County Conservation Foundation, with the support of its members has been able to play a key part in the support of restoration and preservation of the natural resources in Macon County. Through creative fundraising and the generosity of real estate and monetary donations from the community the foundation has been able to
- Plant over 500 trees,
- Plant over 13 acres of prairie,
- Restore over 2 acres of wetlands,
- Design and construct the ecocenter, Rock Springs Nature Center,
- and the Rock Springs/Fairview Bike Trail,
- Acquire over 250 acres of land.
What We Do
Taking small steps to restore and preserve our natural world, makes a big impact on the lives of others. Because of this positive impact, members of the Macon County Conservation Foundation remain passionate and dedicated to preserving and protecting native plants and animals, geological features, and historic sites.
Whether that means manually removing invasive plant species, increasing the awareness of natural area restoration through special events, planting trees or native wildflowers, or even implementing innovative programs to educate and engage the community, it is our mission to support projects that make a positive effect on the environment around us.
Preserve Nature: We are always working towards preserving and restoring over 3,200 acres of prairies, wetlands, and forests in Macon County, Illinois. Explore successful restoration projects.
Protect Wildlife: The Macon County Conservation Foundation works to provide habitats for native species, migratory birds, and other wildlife.
Support Programing: We help sustain outdoor recreational opportunities and educational programing at the Macon County Conservation District.
Safeguard Macon County’s Cultural Heritage: The Foundation helps preserve and protect key historic sites that made Macon County what it is today.
For more information on past successes and current projects please click here.