NLI calls for volunteers

NLI calls for volunteers


The Natural Land Institute needs volunteers on May 31, June 1 and 2 to plant thousands of tree and prairie plant seedlings at the 721-acre Nygren Wetland Preserve at 3190 W. Rockton Rd. about a mile west of Rockton.

Volunteers can come to the preserve anytime from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the three days and stay as long as they like. They can enjoy a scenic wagon ride to the planting sites and are asked to bring a small sledge hammer, shovel, their own food and be prepared for insects and the sun. Sturdy shoes and long pants are recommended.

The tiny seedlings, including bur oak, red oak, walnut and shagbark hickory trees, were nurtured by volunteers at a local greenhouse this past winter and spring and are now ready to be planted at their permanent home. Restoration of the natural beauty of the Nygren Wetland Preserve, where the Rock and Pecatonica rivers meet, is now in its second full year.

For more information, call the Natural Land Institute at 815-964-6666.

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