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Volunteers sought for TLC workdays

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 11:34 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 11:36 p.m. CST

WOODSTOCK – The Land Conservancy of McHenry County invites the public to help give thanks to some of the ancient oaks that make this community so beautiful and healthy.

No experience is necessary. Volunteers should dress to work outdoors in the weather, including sturdy work shoes. Tools and refreshments will be provided.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Ryder’s Woods in Woodstock: Help restore the oak woodlands at Ryder’s Woods, a 23-acre park in the heart of Woodstock. This site has been transformed from a dense buckthorn thicket into an open woodland through the efforts of volunteers. To get there from the intersection of Routes 14 and 47, head north on Route 47, left on Lake Avenue, and left on Kimball Avenue. The park will be on the right. The nearest address is 750 E. Kimball Ave, Woodstock.

• 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 30 at Gateway Park, Harvard: Work off those Thanksgiving calories by cutting, stacking and burning some brush. Restoration of the oak groves is nearly complete at this natural area at the south entrance to Harvard. The Land Conservancy will fix something hot for lunch, provided that they can get a brush pile burning. The property is at the northwest corner of Route 23 and Heritage Lane in Harvard. Park on Heritage Lane and walk back to the worksite.

For information, contact Melissa at mhormann@conservemc.org or 815-337-9502.

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