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The Land Conservancy plans workdays at area sites

Published: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 12:09 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 11:52 p.m. CST

WOODSTOCK – The Land Conservancy of McHenry County holds restoration work parties Wednesdays at locations across the county.

Volunteers interested in helping to take care of natural lands by removing invasive plants are invited to attend. No experience is necessary. Tools and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers should dress to work outdoors.

Upcoming events:

• Concannon Conservation Area, Woodstock. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m Wednesday, Oct. 16. This is a small wooded flood plain parcel. It features an ephemeral wetland that floods in spring, but is usually dry in the summer and fall. Mature silver maple and basswood trees can tolerate the flooding and do well here, but the buckthorn and other invasive species are growing underneath. To get there from the south side of Woodstock on Route 47, turn west onto Southview Drive. The site will be on the corner on Southview and Edgewood. The nearest address is 1913 Edgewood Drive, Woodstock.

• Pistakee Bay Preserve, McHenry. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m Oct. 23. This natural area is situated on Pistakee Lake directly across from an island rookery, and it offers some astounding views. Invasive trees and shrubs threaten the natural diversity of the area. This will be an easy workday on level terrain close to the parking area. To get there from Johnsburg, take Chapel Hill Road east across the river. Turn east onto Bay Road and follow that for 1.6 miles. Turn north onto Bay View Lane, which looks like the entrance to a subdivision or residential area, and follow that for 1 mile. Take the first left after crossing the bridge onto an unmarked gravel drive. A TLC sign will be placed there. The nearest address is 3215 Bay View Lane, McHenry.

• Acorn Lane Preserve, Lake in the Hills. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m Oct. 30. This site is on Randall Road, making it an important natural area in a highly developed area. Volunteers will clear willows and invasive brush, allowing the native wildflowers to flourish. This workday will require moderate amounts of walking over uneven terrain. To get there from the corner of Randall Road and Algonquin Road in Lake in the Hills, go north on Randall and turn right (east) onto the first street (Acorn Lane). Park in the Ace Hardware parking lot. The nearest address is 90 W Acorn Lane Lake in the Hills.                                  

TLC is a local nonprofit organization that preserves more than 2,000 acres of natural, scenic and agricultural land by working with individuals and communities throughout McHenry County.

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

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