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Volunteers sought for Fabyan East forest restoration

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  • Join the Kane County Forest Preserve District on Saturday in removing the nonnative and invasive European buckthorn from the Fabyan East Forest Preserve in Geneva.

      Join the Kane County Forest Preserve District on Saturday in removing the nonnative and invasive European buckthorn from the Fabyan East Forest Preserve in Geneva.
    Laura Stoecker/November 2011

 
Submitted by Kane County Forest Preserve District

On Saturday, Jan. 19, join the Forest Preserve District of Kane County in a restoration workday from 9 a.m. to noon at Fabyan East Forest Preserve, off Route 25, north of Fabyan Parkway in Geneva.

Staff and volunteers are going to begin the first phase of removing nonnative, invasive brush such as buckthorn and honeysuckle, as well as remove any litter throughout the old woodland. The brush cutting will eventually open up the view into the preserve from Route 25.

"Acorns annually drop from the canopies of the giant oaks here, but the nuts don't grow into trees due to the intensive shade. Oaks need full sun to survive," says Drew Ullberg, director of natural resources.

"The Fabyan East woods covers just over 100 acres and is actually one of the largest solid blocks of oak-hickory woods owned by the district. With a dedicated core volunteer group, we hope to revive these woods so young oak trees can once again grow and enjoy a taste of full sunlight," Ullberg said.

The public is needed to help restore this heavily used preserve. Volunteer workdays are perfect for families, scout groups, youth organizations, corporate groups or individuals. All are welcome. Groups of five or more should RSVP to Robb Cleave, volunteer coordinator, at (630) 762-2741. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. The forest preserve district will provide loppers and other tools to complete the restoration work.

For information on the district or restoration workdays at other preserves, visit kaneforest.com.

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