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Article posted: 7/28/2012 10:43 AM

Input sought on improvements to Fox Bluff Conservation Area in Cary

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Submitted by McHenry County Conservation District

McHenry County Conservation District is accepting public comments on improvements being planned for Fox Bluff Conservation Area located at Cary-Algonquin and Cold Springs Road in Cary. A public viewing of the draft plan will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. The public is invited to stop in to see the proposed plan and share your comments with staff. The draft plan also will be posted on the website www.mccdistrict.org/web/ne-planning-development.htm for viewing and comments between Aug. 3-24.

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Maps will be displayed and staff will be on hand to answer any questions. Comments and suggestions also are welcomed by email at MCCD@MCCDistrict.org.

Fox Bluff Conservation Area is a 279-acre complex that sits along the along the Fox River. The natural resources throughout the property include woodlands, wetlands, fens, wet prairies and 3,500 linear feet of shoreline along the Fox River. The topography is steep, showcasing unique ravine and bluff natural communities. The northern portion that makes up Fox Bluff is currently open to the public for hiking and access to the Fox River.

The master plan process allows staff and public to review the site to make any changes, improvements or alterations. The overall goal is to provide a balance of outdoor recreational opportunities, which are compatible to the sensitive resources both natural and cultural on the site: picnicking, hiking trail system, community and local trail connections, nature interpretation and wildlife observation.

For more information, call (815) 338-6223 or visit www.mccdistrict.org.

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