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Volunteer sought to clean up natural areas throughout McHenry County

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is seeking volunteers to help restore natural areas in the county at three different locations this month.

Work will include cutting, stacking and burning non-native brush to open up wetland and oak woodland areas so native plants and animals can survive, according to a news release. No experience is necessary, and participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring work gloves.

The first chance to volunteer will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Westwood Conservation Area, 1524 Hillside Trail, Woodstock.

The nonprofit has worked with the city of Woodstock since 2006 to help restore the wetlands and oak woods located on the 63-acre city park on the west side of the Westwood Lakes subdivision.

Volunteers will then gather from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Windy Knoll Conservation Area on Sweet Bay Drive in McHenry.

The Windy Knoll subdivision donated 20-acres to The Land Conservancy in 2002, and group members have since cleared out much of the much of the invasive brush in the overgrown natural areas that were choking out native plants.

The last chance to volunteer will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Yonder Prairie Nature Preserve, located at 1150 S. Rose Farm, Woodstock.

The Land Conservancy has worked since 2009 to restore the oak woods and wetlands the property that was recognized by the state in 2009 as a State Nature Preserve.

Tools and refreshments will be provided at each location.

For information, call 815-337-9502 or email mhormann@conserveme.org.

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