Here are some of the highlights from this year's event:
Dr. Marjorie Brooks, associate professor in the Department of Zoology at SIU, gave a thought-provoking presentation on climate change that discussed challenges and opportunities in climate change and ways that people can help wildlife and ecosystems adapt to our changing environment.
Four TLC volunteers, Bruce Killips, Ted Thornton (not present), Lauretta Wolf and Brad Wych, received "Above and Beyond" volunteer awards for donating over 150 hours of their time to TLC.
Kristin Purtill of Trout Valley received the 2019 Living with Oaks award.
Kristin was elected to the Trout Valley Village Board as a Trustee in 2011, and since that time has served as the Director of the Forestry Board for Trout Valley. She has overseen the planting of many trees each year, including the annual planting of the Village’s Arbor Day tree. She not only cares for the new growth, but has also led an annual maintenance program that inspects, prunes, and trims our mature trees. Kristin has hired a licensed arborist to provide advice regarding trees in the Village. She was the inspiration for Trout Valley to create a pollinator garden, which resulted in the award of a ComEd Green Region Grant.
Easements / land donations made in 2019 were also recognized at the program:
77 acres northeast of Harvard - Margo Blair
Alicia Mowbray and Kevin Yapp are the new owners of the Blair property in Harvard.
4.5 acres in Bull Valley - Mark and Marleen Kersten
A 0.7 acre parcel - Deborah Lakowski (not present)
An 83-acre wetland bank - Slough Creek
Anderson easement amendment - Richard Anderson and Kathleen Lacey-Anderson
Ders Anderson with TLC's Linda Balek.
TLC's executive director, Lisa Haderlein, announced the launch of the 5,000 Acre Challenge to protect our region's oak woods. Learn more about it!
Some more photos from the event ...
Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for helping to make another great TLC event possible!