Monday, July 2, 2007

McHenry County Oak Conservation Collaborative Kicks Off

The Land Conservancy kicked off the new Oak Conservation Program on Friday, June 29 by planting the first of hundreds of small oak trees in locations around the county.

In partnership with Glacier Oaks Nursery and local volunteers, including the Greenwood Handi-Helpers 4-H Club and Girl Scout Troop 1181,The Land Conservancy provided equipment and arranged for the volunteers to plant and care for the trees at sites on Thompson Road in Wonder Lake, and Haligus Road in Lakewood. Glacier Oaks Nursery supplied the 2-year-old Bur Oak seedlings.

McHenry County Illinois was once covered with beautiful oak savannas, which has since become one of the most endangered ecosystems in the United States because of increased human encroachment and the difficulties of oak regeneration. The Oak Conservation Program is the beginning of an effort to preserve and restore the Oaks in McHenry County through education and awareness, ordinances, planting programs, and community involvement. Two new sites will be selected later this month for the fall planting.