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Conservancy sets up oak rescue near Richmond

WOODSTOCK – The Land Conservancy of McHenry County will hold an oak rescue from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at a farm off State Line Road near Richmond.

Volunteers will clear, stack and burn invasive brush that has grown up around the largest red oak in the county. 

Snacks and tools will be provided, and no experience is required. Volunteers should bring work gloves and dress for the weather.

To get to the site, take Route 173 east from Richmond to Lakeview Road (between North Solon Road and Clark Road), then north on Lakeview to State Line Road and turn right (east). Stay on State Line for 0.7 miles. The entrance is on the right (south side of road), marked with a sign. There is no residence; cars can pull in and park off the road.

A red oak was measured at 59 inches in diameter during a visit to the property by TLC’s Oak Keepers in 2012, establishing it as the largest red oak on privately owned land in the county. A red oak that size is estimated to be 380 years old, meaning that it was growing when Rembrandt was a young man painting portraits in The Netherlands.

TLC’s Oak Keepers program started training volunteers in 2008 to survey privately owned oak woods.

More than 1,000 acres have been surveyed, and the county’s largest white oak and red oak trees are among the interesting finds so far.

For information about Oak Keepers, contact Linda Balek at lbalek@conservemc.org or 815-337-9502.

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is a nonprofit organization that works with individuals and communities to preserve and restore natural, scenic and agricultural land. For information, visit www.conservemc.org.

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