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Class focuses on discovering property's past

Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 1:20 p.m. CDT

RINGWOOD – Clues to discovering a property's past lies in public land survey notes, early plat books and maps, sequential aerial photography and other records.

McHenry County Conservation District’s GIS Specialist Ginevra Ryman and Database Specialist Gail Brown will take homeowners, agency staff and land managers through the different tools as part of the People and Nature Program class, Forensic Ecology.

Students will conduct a series of practical exercises that utilize McHenry County sites to track land use changes from 1837 to the present. Special emphasis will be placed on using digital resources.

The seminar will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Lost Valley Visitor Center–Glacial Park, Rt. 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood.

This program is for adults 14 and older. It costs $40 for county residents and $45 for non-residents.

Registration is required by Thursday and can be completed online at www.MCCDistrict.org , by mail and walk-in at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake, or walk-in only at Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Road in Ringwood.

As part of the People and Nature Program, the conservation district will offer workshops on the ecology of Illinois landscapes, prescribed burning, controlling weeds, restoring native vegetation, historic land use, tree and plant identification, and geology and soils.

For more information, go to www.mccdistrict.org/web/pr-pancp.htm or call Tom Simpson, Research Field Station ecologist and coordinator of the People and Nature Certificate Program at 815-678-4532, ext. 8218.

- Northwest Herald

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