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Workshop to focus on habitat restoration

Published: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 11:08 p.m. CDT

RINGWOOD – The tips and tricks of restoring native habitats will be the focus of an upcoming People and Nature Program.

The Restoring Vegetation workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Registration is required by Sept. 2.

This class is part of a series put on by McHenry County Conservation District and is designed for those 14 years or older. Some of the classes, including this one, go toward earning an ecological restoration certificate.

Ecological restoration often begins with landscapes that have lost much of their native flora and fauna, and for this reason, reintroduction of native species is a necessary part of the restoration process.

This workshop will include the selection of plant species appropriate for each ecosystem type, the relative benefits of seeding versus planting, site preparation methods, and seed collection and processing techniques. Most of the class will be outdoors.

Participants should dress for the weather and bring lunch and something to drink. The cost is $40 for county residents and $45 for nonresidents.

Registration can be completed online at MCCDistrict.org; dropped off at Glacial Park Lost Valley Visitor Center, at Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood; or dropped off or mailed to Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60014.

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