Plant trees at Colman Dells Preserve
The Natural Land Institute has received a grant to reforest nine acres at the Howard D. Colman Dells Preserve from the Wildlife Preservation Fund of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Some of these dollars will be passed on to Rockford-area youth groups who want to gather acorns and nuts as a fundraising project to help with the planting.
This is an opportunity for kids to learn about the importance of trees, help provide homes for birds and other wildlife, and earn money for their organization. Scout troops, 4-H clubs and school and church groups are encouraged to participate. Natural Land Institute staff will teach about what and when to collect. Group sponsors can call Andy Bacon at (815) 964-6666 to set up a time to learn about the project.
Groups that help collect seed will be invited to a Tree Planting Festival with awards, entertainment and refreshments at the Colman Dells Preserve on Nov. 2. Kids can help plant the acorns, nuts and other native tree seeds in an open field surrounded by mature woodland. The preserve is located southwest of Rockford in Ogle County, next to the Severson Dells Forest Preserve.
In addition to the $1,000 grant from the Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund, support for the project comes from the Bergman Benjamin Moore Trust.