WOODSTOCK – Before winter ends, there still is a chance to help The Land Conservancy of McHenry County restore the local natural areas it manages in McHenry County.
No experience necessary.
Volunteers should bring water to stay hydrated, and wear work gloves, clothes and shoes. Refreshments will be provided, including lunch at some events.
• 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Windy Knoll, McHenry. Volunteers will gather to clear brush and invasive trees from this TLC wetland north of Crystal Lake. 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 ends at Sweet Bay Drive, and the work site will be on the left.
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Waichunas Wetland, Island Lake. This woodland was cleared of invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle a couple of years ago, but it’s time to go back and get all the resprouting brush and new growth. To get there from the intersection of River Road and Dowell Road north of Island Lake, turn onto Dowell and then right on South Thomas Court. Volunteers should park along South Thomas Court and walk in from there.
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 13 at Prairie Ridge Fen, Woodstock. Volunteers will continue to clear weedy brush out of this wetland. To get there from the intersection of Route 14 and Dean Street in Woodstock, head north on Dean and take an immediate right onto the frontage road (Wagner Lane).
The Land Conservancy is a local nonprofit organization that works with individuals and communities in McHenry County to preserve and restore natural, scenic and agricultural land for the benefit of current and future generations. For information, visit www.conservemc.org or call 815-337-9502.