Land Conservancy of McHenry County seeks volunteers for work days

Published: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 11:41 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – The Land Conservancy of McHenry County seeks volunteers for Wednesday restoration days in November.

Training is provided, as are the necessary tools and refreshments. Volunteers need to dress appropriately for outdoor work.

Events are held at a different site in the county each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Upcoming events include:

• Wednesday at Westwood Conservation Area, Woodstock. TLC has been helping to manage this 63-acre Woodstock city park since 2007. Volunteers will continue clearing invasive brush to re-establish a trail through the oak woodland found on-site. To get to the site, take South Street southwest out of Woodstock. After crossing Route 14, take the next right (north) onto Moraine Drive, entering the Westwood Lakes subdivision. Take every left turn until reaching the end of Hillside Trail. The nearest address is 1524 Hillside Trail, Woodstock.

• Nov. 20 at Pistakee Bay Preserve, McHenry. This 3-acre gem of a natural area sits on the shore of Pistakee Lake, offering a scenic view of the lake in addition to providing an important habitat for resident and migratory birds throughout the year. To reach the site, take Chapel Hill Road east across the Fox River from Johnsburg. Turn east onto Bay Road and follow that for 1.6 miles. Turn north onto BayView Lane and follow that for one mile. Take the first left after crossing a bridge and turn onto a gravel drive near TLC’s sign. The nearest address is 3215 Bay View Lane, McHenry.

• Nov. 27 at Acorn Lane Preserve, Lake in the Hills. This 13-acre natural area was donated to TLC in 2006. Located in one of the most heavily developed areas of the county, the preserve provides a safe place for wildlife and a visual break for the thousands of people who drive along Randall Road every day. Volunteers will continue clearing willows and other invasive brush to help improve the wetland habitat on the site. 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.

For information, contact Melissa Hormann at mhormann@conservemc.org or call 815-337-9502. More information about these and other volunteer opportunities is available on TLC’s website calendar at www.conservemc.org.

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