Conservation Easements Conservation easements are individually tailored agreements through which landowners voluntarily limit the use and development of their property to permanently preserve its natural or scenic features. These features – called conservation values...Read More
Our Vision: River Bend Wildland Trust envisions the Quad Cities Area as a community that balances growth and development with preservation and restoration of natural areas, where improved quality of life is can be measured by excellent access to nature. Our Mission: The River...Read More
March 11, 2017 This course is the field day portion of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) S-130 Wildland Firefighter training. Course Date: Saturday March 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.) Location: Black Hawk Park State Historic...Read More
When the Natural Land Institute (NLI), the oldest land trust in Illinois, purchased this property in 2008, with help from many partners. The plan was to sell the property (via a bargain sale) to the Illinois DNR. This would provide access to 2,500 acres of public land to the...Read More
Protecting and Restoring Land in the Quad Cities
The River Bend Wildland Trust may be new, but our members have been serving the Quad Cities Region of Illinois and Iowa for decades. We are made up of Master Naturalists, Natural Area Guardians, Master Gardeners, University Professors, Conservation Professionals, and Volunteers interested in protecting our natural resources for the future.
For many years our members and volunteers have been working to conserve and preserve lands as well as to educate our community under other names. In 2013 we began a new chapter in land conservation, education, and sustainability as River Bend Wildland Trust.
RBWT is the only conservation organization whose focus is to make conservation permanent, for private or public use, in the Quad Cities.
The River Bend Wildland Trust protects and manages lands of significant natural value in the watersheds of the Mississippi and Rock River, and provides ecological stewardship, education, and initiatives aimed at creating a more sustainable environment.
Through land use planning advocacy and direct action to preserve areas by acquisition, RBWT preserves land individually or in partnership with other organizations and agencies in pursuit of our vision to create a region where natural areas are recognized as a significant asset to community sustainability in terms of, quality of life through access to nature for all demographic groups; and where economic development recognizes natural systems and their impacts in a changing climate.
STANDARDS AND PRACTICES:
River Bend Wildland Trust, through board resolution, has adopted the Land Trust Alliance’s (LTA) Standards and Practices. This puts us in the company of over 1,700 land trusts nationally that are working to protect, preserve, and restore land. River Bend works in coordination with 4 surrounding land trusts (Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Natural Land Institute, Prairie Land Conservancy, and Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation) and numerous local conservation organizations to accomplish our mission.
River Bend Wildland Trust’s Main Program Areas
Ecological Well-Being: Ensuring our land, water, and air is conserved for wildlife habitat and sustainable human economic and recreational uses; wildlife and plant diversity; and the opportunity for future generations to live in harmony with the land.
Stewardship: Restoration, protection, and maintenance of conserved property as appropriate for its best long-term stewardship.
Education: Inspiring land and water conservation in all local citizens, establishing learning opportunities that will motivate a new generation of people who desire to seek a living in direct connection with the land and its resources.
Community Resilience/Viability: In support of Q2030, a regional action plan for the Quad Cities, maintaining economic viability in concert with land and water conservation.
Endowed: Committed to being financially responsible by establishing a minimum endowment for each protected property.
Transparency: Conduct and Communicate our business with openness and integrity.
River Bend Wildland Trust is operating under the fiscal sponsorship of the Natural Land Institute, an IRS Tax-Exempt 501(c)3 Organization whose mission is to create an enduring legacy of natural land in northern Illinois for people, plants, and animals.
As a private landowner you have the opportunity to leave a legacy that will reflect your love of the land. Conservation easements have become the primary method to accomplish this, allowing you to retain ownership while preserving your property’s conservation values in perpetuity. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about protecting the land that has given you and your family so much satisfaction. Before contacting us, become familiar with the “Conservation Options” portion of our site.
March 11, 2017
This course is the field day portion of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) S-130 Wildland Firefighter training.
Course Date: Saturday March 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)
Location: Black Hawk Park State Historic Site, Rock Island, Illinois
Deadline for Registration: March 6
Deadline for online course completion: EXTENDED to March 6
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