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Land Conservancy needs volunteers

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 3:33 p.m. CDT

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is hoping for volunteers to help welcome spring by attending a restoration work day.

No experience is required, just dress to work outside. Tools and refreshments will be provided. Upcoming events include:

• March 26, 10am-1pm at Wonder Lake Sedge Meadow. This 28-acre natural area features one of the best views in McHenry County, looking through oak woods, past the wetland and across the west bay of Wonder Lake. Take Greenwood Road north from Route 120 through the Village of Greenwood to West Wonder Lake Road. Turn right and follow the road about 1 1/4 miles to the Wonder Lake Village Hall. The work site is east of the Village building.

• March 28, 10am-1pm, Oak Rescue at Van Maren’s woods. This 40-acre property was protected by the landowner with a conservation easement donated to TLC in 2013. Oaks as old as 350 years have been found on the property. Take Route 14 west from Woodstock to Lembcke Road. Turn left (west), proceed 1 1/4 miles and park in the field on the north side of the road. Approximate address is 20202 Lembcke.

• March 29, 9am-noon at Gateway Park in Harvard. Volunteers have finished much of the restoration in the oak woods on this 17 1/2 acre natural area located at the intersection of Route 23 and Heritage Lane on the south side of Harvard. Weather permitting, brush piles will be burned and the site will be prepared for a possible ecological burn in April.

• March 30, 10am-1pm at Ryder’s Woods in Woodstock. This 23 acre gem in the heart of the city includes oak woods, a pond and a small prairie. Volunteers will continue clearing brush to open the site up for spring wildflowers. From the intersection of 14 and 47, head north on 47, left on Lake Ave, and left on Kimball Ave. The park will be on your right. Nearest Address: 750 E Kimball Ave, Woodstock.

Contact Melissa Hormann for more information at 815-337-9502 or email mhormann@conservemc.org

TLC is a local nonprofit organization that works with individuals and communities to preserve and restore natural, scenic and agricultural land www.conservemc.org

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