Join McHenry County Conservation District board
McHenry County residents who have a passion to protect and preserve the natural communities of McHenry County and have a desire to serve the public are encouraged to submit an application to become a McHenry County Conservation District trustee.
The McHenry County Conservation District's Board of Trustees is comprised of seven members.
Each year, the board welcomes one to two new trustees who serve for five years under the Conservation District Act.
Board members develop long-range plans, establish policy and chart a strategic course and direction for the preservation, education, and recreational use of the county's natural and cultural resources. Trustees arrive with the desire to serve the taxpayers and the passion to protect and preserve the flora and fauna entrusted to the district by the citizens of McHenry County.
Interested candidates should submit completed application to the county board office, McHenry County Government Center, 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL 60098. Applications are due to the McHenry County Board office before Tuesday, April 20.
Interviews are conducted by the county and appointed by the county board chairman, with the approval of the county board. Trustees are appointed no later than June 1, 2021. Selected trustees will serve a 5-year term; beginning July 1, 2021 and expiring on June 30, 2026.
Board members serve without compensation in a non-partisan role and work to develop long-range plans, establish policy and chart a strategic course and direction for the preservation of education and recreational use of the county's public natural and cultural resources.
As ambassadors to the public, board members must understand the laws and legal requirements of the district and resist political, personal and special interest pressures. By regularly attending board and committee meetings and being prepared for these meetings board members actively participate in discussions and act in a manner that best represents the citizens they serve. Conservation District board members serve as guardians of public funds and are entrusted to be good stewards and make wise use of taxpayer resources.
The requirements for trustees are simple: a resident of McHenry County, a registered voter, and have a demonstrated interest in the district. In addition, trustees cannot hold any other political office and or be officers of a political party. Trustees' backgrounds have included environmental initiatives, development, law, education, finance and agriculture.
For more information visit the Conservation District's website MCCD.me/BOT. Applications can be found on McHenry County's website, bit.ly/39rMhg0.
McHenry County Conservation District currently owns and protects 25,600 acres of open space which provides wildlife habitat preservation, educational opportunities and recreational amenities for the citizens of McHenry County to enjoy.
The conservation district exists to preserve, restore, and manage natural areas and open spaces for their intrinsic value and for the benefits to present and future generations.
For information, visit www.mccdistrict.org.