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Review plans for McHenry Conservation District bluff area

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  • The McHenry County Conservation District will hold an open house to view the draft plans for the for the Fox Bluff Conservation Area.

      The McHenry County Conservation District will hold an open house to view the draft plans for the for the Fox Bluff Conservation Area.
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Submitted by MCCD

The McHenry County Conservation District is accepting public comments on improvements being planned for Fox Bluff Conservation Area at Cary-Algonquin and Cold Springs Road in Cary.

Attend the open house to view the draft plans from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, in Crystal Lake. Maps will be on display and staff will be on hand to answer any questions. Brief presentations will be given at 6 and 7 p.m.

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Comments and suggestions also are welcome by email at Planning@MCCDistrict.org.

The draft plans can be viewed online through Monday, March 18, at www.MCCDistrict.org.

The Fox Bluff Conservation Area is a 279-acre complex that sits along the Fox River and includes the former 116-acre Camp Algonquin, which ended its operation in the spring of 2011.

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 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.

For information, call (815) 338-6223.

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