‘Planting Natives in Farms, County Parks, and My Own Yard’ June 19

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Wild Ones Natural Landscapers — Rock River Valley Chapter presents“Planting Natives in Farms, County Parks, and My Own Yard … What Works!” from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, June 19, at Rock Valley College’s Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford.

If you think of big-city parks as being just picnic areas, ball fields and playgrounds, you will be pleasantly surprised to hear Brian Russart talk about all the really special natural areas in the Milwaukee County Parks system. Birders, take note: they’re great places to find all kinds of special birds, as well as native plants, right in a big city.

Russart is the natural areas coordinator for the Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture, where he manages 10,000 acres of urban natural areas. Prior to his current position, he was the county conservationist for Winnebago County for almost nine years. Driving around northwest Winnebago County, we often see examples of acres of prairie areas that he encouraged local farmers to grow.

Russart grew up in southeast Wisconsin between the northern Kettle Moraine and the Horicon Marsh, where he developed an early love for nature and ecology.

Arrive at the June 19 event and browse the library and merchandise tables. New members are welcome at the event. Call (815) 627-0344 for more details.

Posted June 18, 2014

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