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Land Conservancy putting on Alden Township hike

HARVARD – A retired conservationist will lead a hike through the Bangert Conservation Easement in Alden Township Saturday.

The public is invited to join Dave Brandt – a district conservationist at the Woodstock USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service office before retirement – for the event, which was put together by The Land Conservancy of McHenry County.

Hikers should meet at 18313 Hebron Road, Harvard by 9 a.m.

Brandt, a soil scientist, will lead the group through several ecosystems – wetland, prairie and woodland – and discuss history along the way.

Hikers should register for the free event by calling TLC's office at 815-337-9502 or emailing Brandt at davebrandt00@gmail.com.

Hikers should dress appropriately for the weather conditions and wear waterproof shoes.

The 18 acres that became Bangert Conservation Easement were donated by Orrin and Patricia Bangert in 2009 to ensure the property wouldn't be developed. TLC, a local nonprofit, has preserved more than 2,000 acres of land since 1991.

For more information on the organization, visit www.conservemc.org

– Shawn Shinneman

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