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Land Conservancy offering training for ecological burns

Published: Saturday, March 15, 2014 10:43 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is offering ecological burn training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for landowners and natural areas volunteers.

The morning classroom session will be at The Land Conservancy’s office, 4622 S. Dean St., Woodstock. The afternoon session will include a demonstration burn at Hennen Conservation Area (conditions permitting).

No previous experience is required. The cost is $25 for TLC members, or $40 for nonmembers. Registration is required and the fee includes lunch. Register at TLC’s website, www.conservemc.org/what-we-do/315burn-training.

Participants will learn how to safely conduct and control fire when it is used as a tool to manage prairies, woodlands and wetlands. Controlled burns are one of the best management tools when used in natural areas to discourage invasive species, allowing native plants to flourish.

TLC’s ecologist, Melissa Hormann, will teach the class. She has conducted more than 100 ecological burns throughout the Midwest, and is a certified prescribed burn manager.

Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Contact The Land Conservancy at 815-337-9502 or email mhormann@conservemc.org with questions or for information.

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is a nonprofit founded in 1991 to work with private landowners, communities and other partners to protect scenic, natural and agricultural resources in McHenry County.  Since that time, TLC has permanently preserved more than 2,000 acres of land. For more information visit TLC’s website at www.conservemc.org.

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