Volunteers are always welcome at TLC's Restoration Work Days! Anywhere from 5-35 people of all ages come to each event, some wielding chainsaws, others bringing just their strong arms and healthy backs to haul and stack brush as the chain saws help restore the land by removing invasive species like buckthorn and honeysuckle. During early spring and late fall, volunteers use ecological burning to keep these lands clear of brush. Click here to sign up for email announcements of future events.
Crowley Sedge Meadow. This 7 acre gem is the first property that TLC purchased. Since that day in 2004, we have been working with volunteers to restore the wetland and small oak woodland found on this property that is located 3.5 miles east of Harvard. Major restoration was completed by volunteers in 2011. An ecological burn is planned for Spring 2012. Email Linda if you are interested in helping!
Yonder Prairie. Volunteer restoration days at TLC's 40 acre Nature Preserve on the west side of Woodstock have become quite popular. We'd like to think it's because of the site's beauty, but suspect folks have heard about the Italian sausage and bratwurst that the site steward, Scott, cooks up over a fire in a Dutch Oven at each event. After a couple hours of cutting and hauling brush, everyone relaxes with a hot, fresh (and delicious) lunch. Restoration work days are held one Sunday a month in the fall and winter from 10 am-1 pm. No experience required! Come join the fun.
Dutch Creek. It has been over 7 years since Bob Roe and his family moved into the Dutch Creek Estates subdivision in Johnsburg. It didn't take him long to find out that the actual Dutch Creek flowed in back of his property, and that the high quality stream was protected by a Conservation Easement held by TLC. Upon learning that the easement area needed to be restored, Roe didn't waste any time in getting to work on a restoration plan - and on selling the project to his neighbors. In a short period of time, he had neighbors and other local residents coming out to monthly restoration work parties. Since January 2008, nearly 3,000 volunteer hours have been logged, and the land has responded. Here's the 2011 Progress Report for the project.
Check the project website for the latest news and information on up-coming Work Parties.
Gateway Park. TLC's latest project is a 17 acre gem at the south end of Harvard, right where Routes 23 & 14 meet up with Marengo Road & Heritage Lane. It's an unlikely place to find a remnant natural area. As we like to say, the property was Hidden in Plain Sight! Natural features include three remnant oak groves and one of the only parts of Rush Creek that was never ditched. Uncommon, native fish species still call this stretch of the creek home, as it is one of the few places where the unique habitat they require persists. Over 300 volunteer hours have been donated to restore the oak woods from December 2011 through February 2012 (that's averaging more than 100 hours a month!). Restoration work parties will continue on the last Saturday of each month from 9-noon. Park along Heritage Lane. A fun campfire lunch is served after the work is complete!