Natural Land Institute needs volunteers

Spring planting volunteers needed June 12 and 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Natural Land Institute needs your assistance to plant ash, maple, oak and hickory trees at the Nygren Wetland Preserve west of Rockton on Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can help reforest the land along the Pecatonica and Rock rivers and provide a place where bald eagles, ospreys and river otters will flourish.

Volunteers will enjoy a pleasant, scenic ride to the planting site on a hay wagon pulled by a tractor.

Families, individuals, Scouts, 4-H groups and church groups are welcome. Come for the day or for a couple hours. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please bring a lunch if you plan to stay. A hat, sturdy shoes, long pants, gloves and sun screen are recommended. If you can, please bring a shovel.

The 721-acre Nygren Wetland Preserve is at 3190 W. Rockton Rd., Rockton. From Rockton, travel west on Union Street (Rockton Road) for about 1 1/2 miles. A sign marks the entrance to the preserve on the south side of the road.

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