Restoration workday set at Wingate Prairie

CRYSTAL LAKE - The public is invited to a habitat restoration workday from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Wingate Prairie in Crystal Lake.

Wingate Prairie is part of Veteran Acres Park, which lies within the Sleepy Hollow Creek Watershed. The goal of the day is to remove invasive trees and shrubs to help restore the rare gravel hill prairie.

Volunteers will drag brush that has been cut at previous workdays.

Participants are asked to wear work clothes and gloves and meet at 9 a.m. at the Crystal Lake Nature Center on North Main Street.

Volunteers will be taken on a nature hike and given a lunch provided by the Public House.

The workday is co-sponsored by the Crystal Lake Park District and the Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition. The coalition was formed in 2011 to implement the recommendations in the Watershed Action Plan to protect water quality. It consists of local governments and nonprofits within the watersheds.

For more information on the coalition, email mcdef@owc.net.