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posted: 4/6/2013 5:54 AM

Help sought now for fall 'Planting for Tomorrow' program near Marengo

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Submitted by McHenry County Conservation District

Now is the time to make a difference by participating in the "Planting for Tomorrow" reforestation program at McHenry County Conservation District's Coral Woods Conservation Area near Marengo.

Individuals, families, schools, church and scout groups can help reforest Coral Woods in Marengo by participating in McHenry County Conservation District's Planting for Tomorrow reforestation program. Sponsor a 3-ft. tall oak or hickory seedling for $30 each, three for $75, or five for $100 to be planted this fall.

Donations for the Fall 2013 planting will be accepted until April 30. To make a donation, call (815) 338-6223 or visit to download a form or connect to our online order system. All spring donors are invited to participate in the tree planting scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27, at Coral Woods Conservation Area.

The district is currently trying to fill a 10-acre section within the 775-acre site with seedlings donated by participants. Coral Woods Conservation Area is one of the largest remaining wooded areas in McHenry County, hosting red, white, and bur oaks as well as sugar maple trees. Yet, it was once a vast 3,000 acre woodland, now just a fraction of what it was.

The Planting for Tomorrow program is designed to help Coral Woods to continue its natural process of regeneration. "This program allows the public to get involved and contribute to the greater role of conservation while also ensuring that the remaining woods will exist for generations to come," said Wendy Kummerer, Communications Manager.

For more information call (815) 338-6223 or