As Illinois’ most biologically diverse county, Lake County has a richest assortment of plants and wildlife, and the greatest number of rare species. Offering a coastline on one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes, it also features an uncommon number of oak groves, glacial lakes, streams, prairies, wetlands and rare kinds of natural areas.
Because of this, Lake County is one of Openlands’ four priority landscapes in our area or work. We have a long history of working here to protect the land and engage people in conservation. From our work at the Liberty Prairie Reserve to the merging with Conserve Lake County in 2018, Openlands has consistently partnered with the people and organizations to protect and revitalize this precious land.
And our programs speak to a dynamic commitment to land protection.