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Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation Continues to Distinguish Itself

Education, Preservation, and Protection are the Hallmarks of the JDCF

Wet prairie at Rutherford Refuge with burr oak in background. Photo by Jim Johannsen

Visitors to the area are often surprised by our scenic landscape. The steep hills, rocky bluffs, and deep valleys, coupled with the sinkholes, caves, and springs are in sharp contrast to the flat terrain they expect to find. There are probably many of us who were drawn to the region, known as the Driftless Area, for its rugged beauty. We came, we were enamored with what we saw, and we stayed. Fortunately, there are a growing number of people dedicated to educating others about this special place we all call home.

Established in 1993, the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) has grown from its humble beginnings to an organization that boasts thousands of members dedicated to its mission of “preserving land for the lasting well-being of people and wildlife.” A set of core values guides three programmatic initiatives: education and outreach, land preservation, and land stewardship.

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