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Citizens for Conservation Names Grigsby Trail in Honor of Land Donor

Peggy Grigsby Richards, for whom Grigsby Prairie in Barrington Hills is named, has donated a total of 48 acres to the restoration project.

Photo Credit: Diane Bodkin
Photo Credit: Diane Bodkin
Citizens for Conservation (CFC) has installed a commemorative plaque at its Grigsby Prairie in Barrington Hills.

CFC's Board of Directors voted to name its Grigsby Prairie trail in honor of Peggy Grigsby Richards to memorialize in perpetuity her generous land donations, a total of 48 acres.

CFC began restoration of an Illinois tallgrass prairie at the site in 1987.  Nesting birds at the 48-acre preserve include meadowlarks, bobolinks, grasshopper sparrows, sedge wrens, king birds, savannah sparrows, red-headed woodpeckers and bluebirds.

The award-winning restoration provides habitat for 175 species of native plants in wet, mesic and dry prairie, wetlands and a savanna.

Barrington School District 220 third and fourth grade students enjoy annual field trips to Grigsby Prairie in the fall as part of their science curriculum.

Submitted by Citizens for Conservation

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