WOODSTOCK – The Land Conservancy of McHenry County has three volunteer events planned for the week.
Volunteers are needed to help cut and stack brush to help restore nature in these neighborhoods:
• Prairie Ridge Fen Conservation Area: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. This 9-acre wetland was protected in 1996 as part of the adjacent Prairie Ridge subdivision in Woodstock. Interesting species found here include a grove of Scarlet Oaks and a small cluster of Bog Birch. The site is on the northeast corner of Route 14 and Dean Street in Woodstock. Volunteers should park along Wagner Lane.
• Windy Knoll: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Workdays will take place here every second Saturday of the month until March. The two upland seep wetlands in this location were donated to TLC in 2002 as part of the Windy Knoll Estates subdivision. Brush clearing and periodic ecological burns have helped restore this site to valuable habitat. The site is between Crystal Lake and McHenry in the Windy Knoll subdivision off Crystal Lake Road. Volunteers should turn on Coachlight Road (west), take the first right on Blue Pine Drive, then turn onto the first left on Sweet Bay Drive. The park on the side of the road.
• Waichunas Conservation Area: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 13. This woodland was donated to TLC in 2002, and while brush was cleared a couple of years ago, it’s time to go back and get all the resprouting brush and new growth. This area was planted with hazelnut and ninebark shrubs, and there are many baby oaks everywhere, so the hard work that was put in is really making a difference. To get to the site from the intersection of River Road and Dowell Road north of Island Lake, turn onto Dowell and then right onto South Thomas Court. Volunteers should park along South Thomas Court and walk in from there.
No experience is necessary. Tools will be provided. Volunteers should wear work shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is supported by members, donors and fundraising events.
For information, visit www.conservemc.org or call 815-337-9502.