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TLC hosts New Year’s Eve oak rescue in Harvard

Community members will have the opportunity to rescue an oak tree at Irish Oaks Savanna in Harvard on New Year’s Eve. Unnamed residents gather here in this undated photo.
Community members will have the opportunity to rescue an oak tree at Irish Oaks Savanna in Harvard on New Year’s Eve. Unnamed residents gather here in this undated photo.

HARVARD – The Land Conservancy of McHenry County invites members of the community to an oak rescue at Irish Oaks Savanna on New Year's Eve.

The TLC event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday at 19019 Lincoln Road in Harvard. An oak rescue is an event in which a group of people work to clear the brush that surrounds an old oak tree.

Volunteers are needed to cut the brush with saws and loppers, while others stack the cut brush into piles for burning. The result is that the oak trees are left in much better condition, with room to grow and space cleared for their acorns to drop and grow into additional oak trees.

The oak rescue is an opportunity for people to spend a few hours outdoors and start the New Year with a fresh perspective. Lunch will be served.

Participants are asked to register at www.ConserveMC.org; however, last-minute attendees are welcome to drop in. TLC is a member-based private nonprofit dedicated to preserving natural, scenic and agricultural land.

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