Group to plan oak trees for Global Day of Doing

WOODSTOCK – In celebration of the 10/10/10 Global Day of Doing, The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is organizing 10 oak tree plantings around McHenry County.

The Global Day of Doing is a day when people around the world will be taking positive action to reduce global warming.

Ten trees will be planted at each site. Each oak will absorb at least 1 ton, or 2,000 pounds, of carbon during its lifespan.

Volunteer opportunities are available at the following times and locations:

• 9 a.m. at Wicker Conservation Easement, Crowley Road, Harvard.

• 9:30 a.m. at Whispering Oaks Park, McHenry.

• 9:30 a.m. at Three Oaks Recreation Area, Crystal Lake.

• 11 a.m. at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Harvard.

• 11 a.m. at Picnic Grove Park, Fox River Grove.

• 11:30 a.m. at McConnell Woods, Woodstock.

• 1 p.m. at Ryders Woods, Woodstock.

• 1 p.m. at Dutch Creek, Johnsburg.

• 3 p.m. at Beeson Conservation Easement, Harvard.

• 3:30 p.m. at Defenders Dean Street Property, Woodstock.

For information or to volunteer for one or more of the plantings, e-mail plantoaks@ConserveMC.org or call 815-337-9502.

Additional information also can be found on The Land Conservancy’s website, www.conservemc.org.

Participants are asked to dress for the weather, wear work shoes, and bring a shovel to help plant the trees.

The oak seedlings to be planted were grown in McHenry County by Glacier Oaks Nursery near Harvard from locally collected acorns. The nursery is donating the trees for the event in support of TLC’s Project Quercus, a public-private partnership meant to ensure that future generations will enjoy these majestic trees.

Project Quercus has led to the planting of more than 1,000 oaks in the county during the past four years, and several thousand local oaks are being raised by Glacier Oaks Nursery for future planting.

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