Volunteers needed to grow native plants

Volunteers needed to grow native plants


The Natural Land Institute is asking for volunteers to transplant seedlings to restore land at the Nygren Wetland Preserve. Transplanting will begin March 1 and continue through April at Enders Greenhouse at 104 Enders Drive, Cherry Valley.

Volunteers have the opportunity to learn about the propagation and care of native plant species and enjoy the spring-like atmosphere of a greenhouse on cold winter days. If you are able to work two to three hours a day, once or twice a week, please contact the Natural Land Institute at 815/964-6666.

The plants will be used on land along Raccoon Creek at the Nygren Wetland Preserve, west of Rockton. The Natural Land Institute is restoring the creek to provide homes for fish and other aquatic species, increase wetland habitat, and reduce flooding.

The 721-acre Nygren Wetland Preserve is located at 3190 West Rockton Road about a mile west of Rockton, where the Rock and Pecatonica rivers meet. Restoration of the natural beauty of the Nygren Wetland Preserve is now in its third year.

Established in 1958, the Natural Land Institute is a private, member-supported, nonprofit conservation organization that protects land, water and wildlife in Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

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