The snow has finally melted here in Long Grove, and it won’t be long now until our beautiful open spaces look as green and inviting as the one pictured above. I took this shot in early spring of 2014, on one of the Village Pathway segments that connect through Stonehaven subdivision. I know many residents share my deep appreciation of the preservation efforts of those who came before us. We are so very fortunate to be able to enjoy our natural areas in Long Grove because of the many parcels set aside and protected through special conservancy zoning. To that end, our Village has a Conservancy and Scenic Corridor Commission, which works to help preserve prairies, wetlands, and woodlands as they come under development, and to help residents restore these precious landscapes and keep them healthy and thriving as time moves on. I attended the recent meeting of the CSC Commission and it was great to see some renewed enthusiasm as we welcomed a new commissioner, Helen Wilson. A wonderful presentation was given by representatives from Conserve Lake County, a local agency which shares our mission of preservation, restoration, and education. The group talked about ways in which we could work together to partner resources in helping apply for grants, and in working with homeowners to educate them about the best ways to control invasive species. In Long Grove, we want to encourage our residents to practice careful stewardship and practical ways to do this were discussed, such as offering seminars and training days, and reaching out directly to Homeowner Associations. Even though the view from my office windows today is somewhat brown and drab, the Spring season is now officially upon us! I cannot wait until our pathways dry out and my “Grove Trotter” walking group takes to the trails once again. And I am thankful that these open spaces remain for us to enjoy, and lovingly maintain for the generations to come.