Boone County Conservation District
603 N Appleton Rd
Belvidere, IL 61008
Hours of OperationRegular hours of operation
Monday-Friday 8:00am-12pm, 12:45pm-4:30pm
About UsThe Boone County Conservation District (BCCD) was the first Conservation District established in the state of Illinois in 1964. Our mission is to preserve and manage natural areas and open spaces for ecological, educational, and recreational benefits of present and future generations.
Today the BCCD manages over 4,000 acres of open space in Boone County. These important conservation lands are called conservation areas rather than parks to reflect the primary purpose of these publicly held and managed lands.
Over 2,000-acres of these important conservation lands are situated within or adjacent to the city limits of Belvidere, primarily located along the Kishwaukee River. These areas play a key role in mitigating floodwaters and stormwater runoff, important functions that benefit this community. Belvidere, and all Boone County, residents depend on groundwater as their water supply. Conservation Areas along the Kishwaukee River help contribute to this natural process of replenishment. And, because the BCCD manages sites with little to no chemicals or fertilizers, they also contribute to the benefits associated with water quality.
BCCD emphasizes the need to educate the citizens of Boone County and the surrounding community about the need for managed green space, as well as the need to get outside! This includes school programs, summer camps, scout programs, and a wide range of public programming. School programs allow for the BCCD to educate youth from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
The BCCD also manages numerous amenities. These include shelters, buildings, trails, and roads. These amenities give the citizens and visitors of Boone County safe access to the many Conservation Areas.
We are governed by The Boone County Conservation District Board of Directors who are appointed by the Boone County Board. BCCD Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 4:00 pm, at the Roger D. Gustafson Nature Center at 603 N. Appleton Rd.
Executive Director: Dan Kane
Education Director: Tina Dawson Scott
Director of Land and Facilities: Nick Sheppard
Director of Natural Resources: Joshua Sage