WOODSTOCK – The Land Conservancy will host events for volunteers to cut, stack and burn invasive brush threatening the health of oak trees that are 200 years or older.
No experience is necessary, but volunteers should wear work clothes and work gloves. Hand tools will be provided.
Refreshments and a hot lunch will be served after the work is complete.
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at York Plant and Animal Sanctuary: This parcel has planted specimens such as sycamores, witch hazel and others. To get there from Howe and Giant Oaks roads, north of Greenwood, go north on Giant Oaks for 0.3 miles. Volunteers should park on the east side of the road. The site has no driveway.
• 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Ryder’s Woods. This beautiful, 23-acre Woodstock city park used to be a dense buckthorn thicket but workers have transformed it into an open, oak woodland. To get there from Routes 14 and 47, head north on 47, left on Lake Avenue, and left on Kimball Avenue. The parking lot is on the right.
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Yonder Prairie, just west of Woodstock: Work will continue in an area with old oaks and a small creek. From Kishwaukee Valley Road at Rose Farm Road, just west of Woodstock, head south on Rose Farm for 0.3 miles. There is a hidden drive on the east side of the road just before an open field. Volunteers should park on the side of the road.
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Pensinger Conservation Easement near Woodstock: a three-acre woodland with oaks and hickories. Every month, TLC volunteers spend a day restoring one of the organization’s conservation easements properties such as the Pensinger’s woods. These properties are privately held but have certain protections written into the deed that restricts them from being developed.
For directions, contact Melissa Hormann in the TLC office for directions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-337-9502.
The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is a local nonprofit organization that works with landowners and communities to preserve natural, agricultural and scenic land for the benefit of current and future generations. For information, visit www.conservemc.org.