WOODSTOCK – The Land Conservancy volunteer work days continue this week at several locations. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear work gloves. Hand tools and refreshments are provided.
• 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Windy Knoll Conservation Area, McHenry. Volunteers will clear brush and invasive trees from this TLC wetland. The winter restoration work means that wildflowers should explode this summer. To get there from Crystal Lake, take Walkup Road north and continue onto Crystal Lake Road. Take the first left onto Anvil Road into the Windy Knoll subdivision. Continue left where Anvil turns into Coachlight, then take a right onto Swinford. Swinford will end at SweetBay Drive, and the site will be just to the left.
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, at Waichunas Wetland Conservation Area, Island Lake. This woodland was cleared of nonnative brush a couple of years ago, but it’s time to go back and remove the resprouting brush and growth. The area was planted with hazelnut and ninebark shrubs, and there are many young oaks growing.
To get there from 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.
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 13 at Prairie Ridge Fen Conservation Area, Woodstock. Volunteers will continue working to clear brush from this wetland. To get there from Route 14 and Dean St in Woodstock, head north on Dean and take an immediate right onto the frontage road, which is Wagner Lane.
The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is a local nonprofit organization that works with individuals and communities to preserve and restore natural, scenic and agricultural land throughout the county. For information, call 815-337-9502 or visit www.conservemc.org.