Project Quercus - Acorn Round Up
It's the time or year when acorns are dropping from the oak trees! You can help restore the county's once abundant oak woodlands by collecting acorns and bringing them to TLC's office. Instructions for how to prepare the acorns can be found here. We even have instructions in Spanish.
Oak regeneration - promoting new growth of our oak ecosystem - is a very important component of Project Quercus(R). Rather than relying on natural regeneration when acorns fall each autumn, TLC helps increase the number of trees that grow from each year's acorns through the Acorn Roundup. People from across McHenry County gather these future oaks each fall and bring them to TLC's office in Woodstock.
From here, the acorns are delivered to Glacier Oaks Nursery in Harvard, IL where they are propagated and raised into young oaks that are used for future Project Quercus plantings as well as the annual oak sale that raises funds for the Third Generation Oak Fund.
TLC's Acorn Roundup is a great way to get your kids, friends, neighbors or students involved in a worthwhile project!
If you don't have oaks on your property, there are many other places you can go to collect. Look for areas that have been maintained like parks, churches, schools, golf courses, neighbors, etc. It's always good to have permission, and most people will want to help if you explain the program.
As people learn that McHenry County's oak woods may not survive another 20 years, most ask "what can I do to help?" Fortunately, in addition to collecting acorns, there are many things that residents can do. As a community, we can ensure that these majestic, sacred witnesses to our history will grace the landscape for our children's children's children.
In addition to to the oak sale, TLC also runs a fall and spring Memorial & Celebration Oak program that gives folks an opportunity to create living memorials for loved ones who have passed and memorable events such as the birth of a grandchild.
Other ideas to help ensure McHenry County still has oaks 100 years from now include: