WOODSTOCK – With the cool days of fall come an increased number of land restoration opportunities at The Land Conservancy of McHenry County.
• Kaskel Easement Workday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at 10502 Seaman Road, Hebron. The 15-acre Kaskel Easement was preserved by the owners in 2003. It includes a sedge meadow wetland as well as a railroad prairie. To get there, take Route 47 north into Hebron, then turn left onto Route 173. Just east of town, turn left onto Seaman Road and follow it about 2 miles to the work site.
• Westwood Work Party: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 9 at 1524 Hillside Trail, Woodstock. This site is part of a protected natural area that includes more than 150 acres of wetland and oak woodland on the west side of Woodstock. The oak forest on this 63-acre city of Woodstock property needs help to keep the understory cleared of invasive brush. This site will require walking short distances over level terrain. To get there from Woodstock, take South Street southwest out of town. After crossing over Route 14, take the next right (north) onto Moraine Drive into the Westwood Lakes subdivision. Turn left onto every road you can to reach the parking area at the end of Hillside Trail. The nearest address is 1524 Hillside Trail, Woodstock.
• Windy Knoll Work Party: 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 12 at Sweet Bay Drive in Crystal Lake. Volunteers will gather to clear brush and invasive trees from this TLC wetland north of Crystal Lake. This workday will require minimal walking over rough terrain. 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 subdivision. Continue left where Anvil turns into Coachlight, then take a right onto Swinford. Swinford will end at Sweet Bay Drive, and the site will be on the left.
• Yonder Prairie Workday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at 1150 S. Rosefarm Road, Woodstock. Yonder Prairie has obtained the highest level of environmental protection in Illinois- Nature Preserve Status. This workday will require lots of walking over level terrain. To get there from the intersection of Kishwaukee Valley Road at Rose Farm Road just west of Woodstock, head south on Rose Farm for 0.3 miles. There will be a hidden drive on the east side of the road just before an open field. Park on the side of the road. The nearest address is 1150 S. Rosefarm Road, Woodstock.
No experience is necessary. Volunteers should wear work clothes appropriate for the weather. Refreshments will be provided. For information, contact Melissa at 815-337-9502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.