Volunteers needed for trees!

Tree planting July 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Nygren Wetlands

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, July 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can help complete the planting that was delayed by spring flooding of the Rock and Pecatonica rivers, and assist in reforesting the land to provide a place where bald eagles, ospreys and river otters will flourish.

The 721-acre Nygren Wetland Preserve is located 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. Parking is available by the red shed.

Individuals, families, 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 Natural Land Institute is a private, not-for-profit conservation organization that since 1958 has preserved some of the best prairies, forests and wetlands in northern Illinois. Volunteers are needed to help maintain and restore natural lands. To learn more about the Natural Land Institute’s work, call 815/964-6666.

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