It’s time for your family to go on the big hunt

By Drs. Robert and Sonia Vogl
President and Vice President,
Illinois Renewable Energy Association

The hunt for the perfect Christmas tree! On the day after Thanksgiving (November 27), the Prairie Preservation Society of Ogle County (PPSOC), a nonprofit organization, will begin sales of trees at 10 a.m. Sales will continue through December 23 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekends and 2-4 p.m. on weekdays at the former Cut-It-Yourself Sinnissippi Tree Farm at 2879 S. Daysville Road.

Families come with the expectation of hunting something less dangerous than big game, but just as satisfying. Find the perfect tree for your family’s holiday celebrations and leave Sand Ridge with the sense of satisfaction that only a successful hunt can create.

Beautiful trees, left by the former Sinnissippi Tree Farm purchased by the PPSOC, trimmed to beautiful shapes, will be sold to pay for the 82 acre site which contains high quality prairie remnants. It has been renamed Sand Ridge.

Sand Ridge is a great place to visit even without the bonus of the Christmas trees. With hills of waving prairie grasses and forbs (wild flowers), stands of spruce, fir and pine, it provides a quiet beauty and sense of peace to those fortunate enough to stop there. The sound of the breezes in the evergreens and their invigorating scent provides a moment transported to the north woods.

Surrounded by towering white pines which block the sight of cornfields and houses, it is a place set apart – a peaceful sanctuary from the everyday.

Visit, enjoy, and take the feeling with you.

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