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TLC plans workdays at area sites

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

WOODSTOCK – Here are opportunities for getting outside to restore local natural areas with The Land Conservancy.

Volunteers should bring water, wear work clothes and be ready to haul, stack and burn brush that is crowding out the native habitat.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Horse Fair Springs Fen, Spring Grove. This is a high-quality wetland site recognized by the state as a wetland of statewide importance. When the Thousand Oaks subdivision was put in, the wetland was spared and The Land Conservancy now holds an easement on it, protecting it in perpetuity. The workday will focus on clearing the oak woodland that surrounds the wetland. To get there from Routes 173 and 31 in Richmond, head east on 173 for three miles, turn south (take a right) onto Winn Road for one mile and take a left onto Brentwood Drive. Follow Brentwood through the subdivision to the cul-de-sac at the end.

• 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Harvard Gateway Nature Park, Harvard. Volunteers have donated more than 600 hours to “rescue” the many ancient oaks on this property that is home to the largest white oak in the county. The crew will cut, stack and burn invasive brush that has grown around the trees. The property is at Routes 14 and 23, and is bordered by Heritage Lane and Marengo Road at the south end of Harvard. Enter the work site from Marengo Road.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Concannon Conservation Corner, Woodstock. Muriel Concannon donated this two-acre property to TLC in 2011, and TLC is working to restore it to a natural wetland by removing buckthorn and box elders that shade native sedges and wildflowers.

The property is on the southwest corner of Edgewood and Southview drives in Woodstock. From Routes 47 and 14, take Route 47 north about a half-mile to Southview and make a left (just past the car dealership).

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is a local nonprofit that works with individuals and communities to preserve and restore natural, agricultural and scenic lands in the county.

For information, visit www.conservemc.org or call 815-337-9502.

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