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The Village of Montgomery was given an award Thursday by The Conservation Foundation in recognition of its on-the-ground conservation efforts over the past 40 years. To celebrate their 40th anniversary, The Conservation Foundation of Naperville selected 40 partners whose work has helped accelerate the foundation’s mission—to preserve and restore natural areas and open space, protect rivers and watersheds, and promote stewardship of our environment.
The Village was one of two municipalities receiving the award. The Village of Montgomery received the award from The Conservation Foundation for its work saving the Dickson-Murst Farm, the Foundation’s second office location. “We are so proud to be a part of Montgomery. The Village has been a great partner with us on this property, and the neighborhood has provided tremendous support,” stated Brook McDonald, President of The Conservation Foundation. “We very much value our relationship with the community and the Village.”
Trustee Matt Brolley received the award on behalf of the Village for President Marilyn Michelini. “I am honored to receive this award on behalf of the Village,” Brolley said. “This is a great example of community partnership that helps make Montgomery a great place to live.”
Montgomery has always prided itself on its agricultural history and identified the Dickson-Murst Farm early as “the one to save” because it is an Illinois Sesquicentennial farm. When development hit the area in 2004, the Village stipulated that the developer must give the Village two and one half years to find an organization to take over the four acres of land containing the farm buildings. In June of 2006, the Village sold the property to The Conservation Foundation for $10.
The farm now provides a variety of educational events free to the public including Spring at the Farm, Day at the Farm, a truck and antique farm vehicle show and music education. “The events at the farm have greatly enriched the community and made the farm a source of pride for the Village,” said Michelini. “I’m very proud of this project and the cooperation between the Village of Montgomery and The Conservation Foundation.”
Today, the Village continues to actively support and work with the Conservation Foundation. Examples of this include the Village’s Rain Barrel program and land planning efforts.
For more information on the awards, please visit The Conservation Foundation website at www.theconservationfoundation.org.