Liberty Prairie Conservancy

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in Lake County by preserving open space, restoring natural areas, and creating sustainable communities that unite people and nature.

We help to protect the quality of life in Lake County by preserving open space and restoring natural areas. Research confirms that communities enjoy a variety of economic and environmental benefits when they balance development with open space. Because of Lake County's rapid pace of growth, our work has become more vital and urgent.

  • We provide educational opportunities so that others can gain the knowledge and skills needed to join in.
  • We help landowners understand the array of options and resources available for restricting or preventing property development—oftentimes in a way that lets them retain ownership and enjoy significant tax benefits.
  • We assist landowners in developing science-based restoration plans that strengthen the ecological functions of natural areas.
  • We help municipal and private land planners who wish to incorporate sound environmental principles into their work.
  • We partner with and complement the work of public agencies that own and manage open space.
  • For over ten years we've helped landowners create and manage the Liberty Prairie Reserve—a 5,800-acre focus area in central Lake County where 3,200 acres of public and private lands are protected from further development.

Do you own farmland or a natural area you'd like to protect from development? As a non-profit land trust, we can help. Most people are surprised to learn about the variety of options—and tax benefits—available.

  • You can preserve your land's scenic value, rural character or wildlife habitat without giving up ownership, residency or privacy.
  • You can permanently restrict or prevent development on your property no matter how many times it changes hands in the future.
  • If you're interested in income tax deductions or concerned about the sizable estate taxes your heirs are likely to confront, you may be particularly interested in the flexible opportunities a land trust can offer.

The most popular option is the conservation easement, a legal agreement that places limitations on the land. Tailored to your desires, it frequently offers significant income and estate tax benefits. Other options are to donate or bequeath your property to a land trust, or sell it in a bargain sale. Each option has different benefits, depending on your particular circumstances.


Contact Liberty Prairie Conservancy

Tim Girmscheid
Land Preservation Specialist
32400 N. Harris Road
Grayslake, Illinois  60030
Phone: 847.548.5989 ext. 32
Fax: 847.548.7592


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Illinois

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