Natual Land Institute hosts open house

The Natural Land Institute (NLI) will host an open house for members and volunteers at 320 S. Third St. in Rockford Tuesday, March 8, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Learn how your time can benefit land protection and restoration in northern Illinois for bald eagles, river otters and other wildlife that are now making a comeback in the region.

Stewardship Director Andy Bacon will describe plans for this spring to plant thousands of wetland plants and trees along the banks of Raccoon Creek at the Nygren Wetland Preserve. The creek is being put back into its historic meanders near where the Pecatonica River meets the Rock River west of Rockton. Bacon will also tell how help is needed with brush cutting and weed control at the Stone Bridge Nature Trail at Roscoe and at the Kyte River Bottoms near Oregon.

Jerry Paulson, executive director, will present updates on the group’s Natural Land Initiative, an effort to protect land in the Rock River valleys and bluffs. These important lands need to be protected to maintain the quality of rivers and streams and to provide habitat for wildlife.

The open house is free and open to everyone interested in the land protection and restoration activities of the Natural Land Institute, a not-for-profit organization established in 1958. Please call 815/964-6666 for information.

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