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Rutherford Refuge Becomes JDCF's First Nature Preserve


February 23, 2022

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The Rutherford siblings who made the land donation to JDCF. From left, Jay Rutherford, Darcy Renkens, Bryn Davis, and Brad Rutherford.

After reading this headline, you may be asking yourself, "What do you mean 'first' Nature Preserve?" What about Schurmeier Teaching Forest? What about Wapello? What about Casper Bluff, Horseshoe Mound, Valley of Eden, and all the other natural areas that the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) has protected over the last 29 years? Yes, JDCF has preserved these natural areas in perpetuity for future generations to enjoy. But the title of "Nature Preserve" carries a very special meaning within the State of Illinois, and it's not a title that is easily attained.

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