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McHenry County Conservation District to hold oak tree planting event in Marengo

MARENGO – The McHenry County Conservation District is looking for volunteers to help plant more than 300 oak trees in Marengo.

The OAKtober planting party will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Marengo Ridge Conservation Area, 2411 N. Route 23, according to a news release from the district.

Participants at the event will help restore the oak ecosystems that once covered a third of the county’s land, according to the release. A half-mile trail will include stations where people can stop to learn more about the county’s keystone species, play an oak-themed game and create a craft before arriving at the restoration zone.

There will be a limited quantity of 12- to 20-inch oak trees for sale for $15 each or two for $25, according to the release. Only cash and checks will be accepted.

Snacks and acorn cookies will be available to buy. Volunteers are welcome to bring a picnic and stay the whole time, or stop in at any time.

For information, call Prairieview Education Center at 815-479-5779 or visit www.mccdistrict.org.

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